Homestead & Cottage Tour
Today Bonus Downs is ranked among the oldest established properties of the Maranoa. Take a step back in time to explore the historical Bonus Downs Homestead. Painstakingly restored to its former glory, the homestead if filled with memorabilia of a bygone era. The tour also takes in the Jackaroo’s Quarters, also restored by the Connolloys. The dining room of the Jackaroos’ quarters is a showcase for a century’s worth of rural enterprise and a source of fascination to visitors. Morning Tea is served on the Homestead Verandah by hosts Lyle and Madonna.
Tours run on Tuesday and Thursdays. Bookings essential.
Ooline Forest, Property & Homestead Tour
Bonus Downs Farmstay offers a personal tour of the Ooline Forest and property as part of the Full Bonus Downs Tour with hosts Lyle and Madonna as your personal guides.
Travel through the Buffel Paddock and learn the background of the farming property. Arriving at the famous prehistoric Ooline Forest, guests can experience the absolute stillness and quiet whilst exploring on their own or bush walking on the marked trails. Discover the many different plant species, observe wildlife or simply relax by the fire and listen to Lyle and Madonna’s talks on the historic background of the Ooline and their ongoing vision of preserving the forest. Returning to the farm base, the tour then takes guests through the historic Homestead and Jackaroo’s quarters where Madonna and Lyle provide an intimate perspective of the historical past of the homestead and property. Catering includes fair dinkum outback Bill Tea, and Damper and Lunch.
Tours run on Tuesday and Thursdays. Bookings essential