It’s your outback adventure.
There is plenty to see and do at Gilberton if your heart so desires. Enjoy abundant wildlife on a leisurely walk, take a guided tour, or even just sit back and watch the wildlife from your room. Each guest package is designed around what that person likes and is interested in.
4WD or 4WD Buggy Safari
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.
Gold Mining and Fossicking
The history of the Gilberton Goldfield will leave you intrigued. Why would people walk, pushing a wheelbarrow, for 6 weeks just to reach a new town to find the yellow cake (gold)?
Gold was discovered at Gilberton in 1868 and within 12 months the population grew to over 3,000. Relics of the original goldfield town can be seen and explored. The goldfield had another life in 1875 and was then mined intermittently right through until the early 1940’s. Gold fossicking is still productive so you might even get to take home your own piece of Gilberton gold!
Let us take you on a tour of the original goldfields, more recent gold mining or have a go yourself at fossicking. On the tour, your family guide will share with you the history of Gilberton including the family’s connection with Chinese, European and Aboriginal peoples.
Thank you Lyn and Rob for a wonderful stay. You welcomed us as part of the family. The retreat is luxury with a view. Do not think we will ever shower watching roos, wild pigs and cows with calves again. We just have to come back!
Gilberton Nature Refuge
With a landscape of rugged hills and plateaus that support a range of eucalyptus woodlands, Gilberton is home to an amazing diversity of animals, plants and ecosystems. In 2018, Gilberton Station was endorsed as a Nature Refuge, recognised by the Queensland Government as being an area of high conservation significance.
Botanical treasure hunt
Walk through untouched bush beauty to find hidden botanical gems. Discover species and rare albino wallabies while you climb through rock fortresses. Indulge in edible bush tucker, and gain a little knowledge through touch, taste and smell with your guide. Bird watchers and animal conservationists will have plenty of photo opportunities in the Nature Refuge on Gilberton.
Our family’s focus has always been on environmental sustainability with looking after the land an absolute priority. We have been proactive in creating a drought-proof property and in so doing, creating additional wildlife sanctuaries. We live and breathe this country and love to share our knowledge with our guests.
Live the land, listen to the people who run the land, and learn the way of the outback.
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.
- Pan 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!
What a great time we have had. Gold prospecting, rock formations, sunsets and bush walks, meeting your family, good food, good company. The Hut bloody perfect pure luxury. The views over the Gilbert River and surrounding outback "stunning". Not forgetting you two, Rob and Lyn. Thank you for giving up your valuable time and looking after us. Just the best hosts (Look out we will be back). ps. "Loved the trucking"
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 tranquility.