Bonus Downs is a truly unbelievable piece of living history. The Bonus Downs homestead has been lovingly restored by its owners Madonna and Lyle Connolly, who are incredibly passionate about this beautiful property. Their stories about how they restored the main home and Jackaroo quarters are truly inspirational. It is a real history lesson, learning about Bonus Downs's first settlers and also about the trials and tribulations that Madonna and Lyle, as the new settlers had to endure. We were lucky enough to find this beautiful Homestead/Farmstay many years ago and we instantly fell in love with it and also with Madonna and Lyle and we have returned many, many times. We love the fact that this is a working farm and we were lucky enough recently to witness them mustering their cattle and then weighing their wearers in readiness for sale. It was wonderful to see the relationship between them and their working dogs, they clearly have so much respect for their dogs and we were amazed to see how they work together as a team.
We travel with our van and Bonus Downs caters perfectly for caravaners. They have the most amazing Smoke House with cooking facilities, they have hot showers and toilets. If you want to visit this farm and you don't have a van, Madonna has accommodation in the cottage. Every time we visit Bonus Downs we learn something new about this property and also about life in the bush.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fall in love with the Queensland Outback at Bonus Downs Farmstay. We offer an outback historical and accommodation experience. Accommodation in Historical Jackaroo's quarters or BYO Swag in the Shearers Shed. Caravans, Camping, RVs all welcome. Take one of our tours where we share the past of the magnificent Bonus Downs homestead and Jackaroo's Quarters, join in our activities or simply relax. Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone at Bonus Downs. Situated 630 kms west of Brisbane (about 7 hours drive) it offers good old fashioned country hospitality in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bonus Downs Farmstay Mitchell, Queensland