About Us & History
The world waits!! Time stops! Time stops when you step into the promised Land on Gilberton Station where Gilberton Outback Retreat lies. You will return home with yarns and stories that will leave your family and friends longing to hear more. Experience the unexpected and encounter an experience that will stay with you for- ever.
Gilberton landscape Gilberton lies in a very unique isolated part of Australia with rugged landscape, rocky gorges and open savannah forest country. Gilberton is classified as a vast remote and arid part of northern Australia (the real outback). Get to meet the fair dinkum, dinky die bushmen.
Life away from it all You get to experience the true meaning of outback while having the comfort of an extraordinary, luxurious hut with all the comforts you wouldn’t expect to have, being pampered and having everything done at your request, to chill out, away from work environment where no phone, emails, or nagging staff are hassling you.
Gilberton Outback Retreat Gilberton Outback Retreat setting is magnificently overlooking the Gilbert River with panoramic views of the station. If you’re lucky enough to be there while Gilbert River is flowing or in flood, it is a picture perfect place to be. This is a truly unique experience something you will never get to see anywhere else in Australia.
Wet season Why visit in the wet season? Most tourist operators close for the wet season. Gilberton offers the opportunity of a life time to experience the Gilbert River in flood. Take the journey into the lives of people on the land who experience the drought, floods and fires. Watch as the land responds during the wets season as the land, grass and water holes are renewed and re- plenished as the wet season comes. Of course, you will be welcome whenever you choose to come to Gilberton, but the wet season has to be experienced to be believed.
Family history The family’s history pattern has focused on environmental sustainability looking after the land before themselves. The Martell family ventured to Gilberton in 1869 as teamsters bringing goods into the gold- fields of Gilberton. They quickly saw the opportunity and opened up a butcher shop, and a pub in partnership with Dixon that they called the Rising Sun, they also took up the crown land and Gilberton Station was established. Now eight generations later, members of the extended family are still the custodians, looking after country, country they love and cherish. Experience the pastoral history trail of the French family’s 149 years on Gilberton. Having four generations still on the land, working together is a truly amazing adventure.
Traditional owners While there is much controversy about this issue, who really were the tribal people from Gilberton? They were the Jana people, also known as Yanga, who lived in the hills at Gilberton and became great friends of the Martell family. The Ewamian people and Takalaka people meet at times. Mounted police came through in the late 1880s and it is reported in police records that they took away all the blacks. But in reality, did they? No! The Martell family hide their faithful friends, Freddie and Dora, who were Jana people. Freddie and Dora taught the family everything they could in native way, cultural traditions, totems, water sources and, looking after the land. They even took the family name, becoming Freddie Gilbert Martell and Dora Gilbert. The police knew the Martell family had Freddie and Dora hidden but couldn’t find them. Eventually, Freddie and Dora died at Gilberton.
Things to do here The views are amazing as landscapes vary from tree enclosed creeks to rocky escapements with rocky hills overlooking Gilberton. Experience the abundant wildlife as you walk or run. Take a relaxing dip in a Gilbert River (if the wet season has been kind to us and the river is running). Gilberton Station is a working cattle station and you will be invited to watch in mustering season. You get see kangaroos, dingoes, brolgas, cockatoos and wildlife. Live the land, listen to the people who run the land, and learn the way of the outback. If you are looking to experience the unique experience Gilberton Outback Retreat has it all there to share with you. If you’re a bird lover, you will have plenty to watch and explore on your walks or tour as you move around the land on Gilberton. Experience the search for yellow cake better known as GOLD. Learn the history of Gilberton Township. Go on tours or simply sit back relax and watch the time go by while all your needed have been taken care of.
Head outback – now! Enjoy this exclusive wilderness experience with people who liveoutback and love the land. So what ya waiting for? Come on get out and enjoy what the real outback has to offer you.