The Bush Awaits
There is plenty to see and do at Gilberton if your heart so desires. Enjoy abundant wildlife on a leisurely walk, a guided tour, or even sit back and watch the wildlife from your room. Bird lovers will have plenty of twitching opportunities! Gilberton Station has been endorsed as a Nature Refuge, recognised by the Queensland Government as being an area of high conservation significance.
The family focus has always been on environmental sustainability with looking after the land an absolute priority. Accommodation at Gilberton Outback Retreat overlooks the Gilbert River with magnificent panoramic views. Experience the true comfort of luxurious 5 star accommodation. Be pampered and relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Let time simply pass by while all your needs are taken care of.
- Visit the granite cathedral and natural springs and find out about the local wildlife.
- See the remains of the old gold mining township of Gilberton, and find out the history and stories of the old gold rush days.
- Panning for gold in the Gilberton creeks and have a chat with real gold prospectors.
- Visit a heritage listed gold mine site and see how gold was extracted and mined in the 1800s.
- Watch the station at work, including mustering.
- Visit Lake Fred for lunch, swimming, fishing, and kayaking. Hopefully you’ll see our locally famous pelican being fed by cormorants.
- Mountain bikes are available for use.
- Or just relax and enjoy the tranquility!
Unplug, Unwind and Relax
In this extraordinary ancient land, experience the true comfort of luxurious accommodation while staying on a working cattle station. Explore Gilberton’s ecological assets, mountain ranges, granite boulders and natural springs. Discover local wildlife or just soak up the tranquillity.
Each guest package is designed around what that person likes and is interested in. Our farm tour consists of touring around the cattle station helping put supplementary feed out for the cattle, or, if we are in mustering season, being involved in training the young cattle ready for the big wide world of living without Mum. On the tours, our guests are given a detailed talk about why we do what we do, and how it helps the animals and their environmental health.
Morning tea and/or lunch is taken with us depending on the length of the tour. Options are for a whole day or a half day.
Highlights: diverse landscapes, wildlife, cattle, flora and fauna
*Tour is by 4 wheel drive with a limited amount of walking.
*How long are the tours? Approximately 3-4 hours. Generally these are morning tours so that guests have the afternoons to themselves.
*Can we do all 3 tours in 1 day? No. Two tours are the maximum, which allows you time to relax and enjoy the tranquillity.
The history of the Gilberton Goldfield will leave you intrigued about why people would walk pushing a wheelbarrow for 6 weeks just to reach a new town to find the yellow cake (gold). So how did it start? Richard Daintree was commissioned by the government to go out and find new goldfields and grazing/pastoral country. In 1868 Richard Daintree camped at Gilberton on a spring now called Little 8 Mile for 3 months while exploring the area. During this time he discovered gold and named many creeks and gullies and also named Mt Nation which is in full view of the Gilberton Homestead.
Premature and not wholly accurate reports created a gold rush to the Gilbert Goldfield, becoming an overnight city called Gilberton. Reports tell us that by 1869 there were over 3,000 people living on the goldfields. The recorded amount of gold from the fields was 113.59 kg gold bullion but there would have been lot more due to people leaving for other new goldfields and the Chinese selling theirs privately. The goldfield became abundant and had another life in 1875 crushing ore to approx 106.90 kg of gold bullion. It was mined on and off up until the early 1940’s. In 1914, the government called upon Mr Ball to do a comprehensive report on the mineral deposits of the area to see if it warranted a railway line being built from Almaden-Forsayth onto Gilberton.