Sir Samuel McCaughey one of Australia's most prominent pastoralists purchased Bonus Downs in 1909 and proceeded to convert the then 300,000 acre cattle property to sheep and wool production. In 1911 he built the homestead and by 1914 was running one of the largest Merino flocks in the area operating a 42 stand shearing shed and employing 100 men.
In 1990 Lyle and Madonna Connelly purchased the property and set about restoring the buildings to their former glory. They now welcome guests to experience life on a working property.
Canoe on the dam, take in a bushwalk to Ooline Park and experience a large range of animals, birdlife and plant species, take a tour of Bonus Downs or simply relax by the fire and take in the sounds of nature.
If you feel the need for a bit more action you can try your hand at shearing a sheep, learn how to crack a stockwhip, check the bore pumps or help with mustering and branding cattle, loading them and transporting them to market in Roma and watching the sale – this is after all a working station.
Bonus Downs is a mix of a modern day cattle station and interesting history, the character of beautifully restored buildings and rustic surroundings, preserved history and heritage topped off with Madonna and Lyle's generous and genuine outback hospitality.
Accommodation is by way of powered or unpowered campsites, shearing shed bunks or the exquisitely restored and comfortable Jackaroo’s quarters.
This award winning property is only about 7 hours (and a world away) from Brisbane (46 kms from Mitchell) with bitumen all the way and a quick read of the guest book will convince you that Bonus Downs is indeed a unique and fun experience.
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