Ironbark House Horse Riding, Dimbulah
Ironbark Farm on a private guided horse ride with a maximum
of two riders. We have three well behaved horses.
are individually designed to wants and level of experience of
riders will need to sign a waiver, wear approved helmets (provided)
and suitable footwear (ridged boots or shoes with a heel, but
House -Wildlife, Birding & Farm Tours
from 1st July 2019
the private tours and riding are hand crafted to suit the needs,
fitness and ability of the individual guests so they will vary
There are also seasonal factors, such as where certain
animals (including the cattle) have been seen on the property,
time of day and the weather conditions to consider.
Day Wildlife & Farm (Tour 1)
tour is our most popular tour which combines both Tour 2 &
taking approximately 4.5hrs and includes complimentary morning
or afternoon smoko (tea) at the cattle yard.
(Tour 2) is approximately 2.5 hours long and will have some
time in a vehicle and walking. The main objective of this tour
to visit our colony of approximately 50 Rock Wallabies living
in a jumble of massive granite boulders and caves from
where they sunbathe and keep watch for predators.
We will also visit Home Dam to see what water birds
are in residence. You are also likely to see birds of
prey such as wedge-tailed eagles, kangaroos,
wallaroos, parrots, many other birds and perhaps a dingo.
& Wildlife (Tour 3) is approximately 2.5 hours long
and will have some time in a vehicle and walking.
First we will head over to the yards for a description
of how an Australian cattle property works the cattle
through the yards, then out to our busiest workers,
the bees from Sweet Buzz Honeys vacation premises
located at Peters Dam.
After sampling what they have
to offer its out to our largest dam, Split Dam for some
more waterbirds. Along the way we should encounter
some of our Brahman cattle, plus learn
more about our interesting native vegetation.
* Tours 1, 2 and
3. If there is more than 4 guests we will
need to use an additional form of transport for guests #5 onwards.
This could be either the guests own vehicle or one of our own
The Night Spot-Lighting
(Tour 4) is approximately 1.5 hrs long
and will have some time in a vehicle and walking.
We would hope to see some of the following: possums; gliders;
bats; bettongs; dingos; wallabies; kangaroos; boobooks
and frog-mouth owls; night-jars and some interesting insects.
On clear nights, which is most nights, there is a
massive array of stars due to the fact that we have no light pollution.
Birding (Tour 5)
A 4 hour Birding tour for the
enthusiast which is tailored to each guest and season.
Top of the Mountains
(Tour 6) This is a 4km walking
tour over some steep and rugged terrain to take in the
vast expanse of the savannah country culminating
in 360 degree views. Along the way of this rewarding
hike you will learn about the natural history of the area,
hopefully spot some large eastern grey kangaroos
as well as a selection of our resident wildlife.
This can also be
done free of charge as a self-guided walk
along with the 5 other self-guided walks on
the property. Or as the guided tour described above.
Kevin who will take
the Tours has been a naturalist guide
for 20 years, previously working in the Daintree National
Parks and the surrounding savannah areas to our property.
Our cattle in general,
are not pets but we are
lucky to have a few which have decided to trust
us and we can pat and groom them, so we may come
across one or two of these on our travels
around the property either on the
Farm/Wildlife Tour or Ride the Outback Horse Riding
Buzz Honey Bees
only do we cater for holidaying humans but for bees in need of
any one time you may find from 10 to 100 hives situated at Peters
Dam, located on the
northern side of the property. These busy bees, even though they
are still working, are
here on a little RnR from their usual pollination duties or are
young hives being established.
feel free to have look at the hives but do not disturb them!
have a selection of honey, some from this very property, for sale.
visit The Honey Providore at 2/107 Newell Street, Bungalow, Cairns
If, after exploring the property, watching wildlife or just lazing
with a book you need more to do
. in the surrounding area
you will find a wealth of activities, each one accessible as a
40klm to the north is historical Mt Mulligan who's mine was the
site of one of Australia's worst mining disasters with 75 people
loosing their lives in 1921. You can visit the mine site, cemetery
and ruins of the town. The heritage listed Tyrconnel Mine and
Battery (1876) nestled between Thornborough and Kingsborough is
a couple of klm detour en-route to Mount Mulligan.
Head West for an hour and you will reach the mining town of Chillagoe
famous for its Limestone Caves, historical smelter and Marble
quarries. The Caves, estimated to be between 600 to 1000 in number,
can be visited alone or to access the larger deeper caves are
available through Ranger guided tours several times a day. This
day trip will give you a real appreciation of outback life in
Drive South East for a change of scenery to visit the highland
rainforest and farming area of the central Atherton Tablelands.
Starting with Tolga and Lake Tinaroo wend your way around Yungaburra
with the famous Curtain Fig tree, Atherton, Herberton with its
quaint restored historical village. Sample a variety of cheese,
chocolate, coffee and bio-dynamic dairy products from a variety
of farms on your adventure.
If you didn't have time to stop in Mareeba on your way to Ironbark
House it's a 40 minute drive to stock up on goodies or explore
Granite gorge, perhaps drop into Mt Uncle Distillery and sample
some of their award winning handmade spirits or wine tasting at
Golden Drop Winery and don't forget a coffee at Skybury or the
The local town of Dimbulah, 7klm from Ironbark House has amenities
such as a local pool, pub, café, bakery, butcher, library,
variety/hardware store, bank, post office and chemist. The café,
Camp 64 is a tourist attraction in its own right with a fascinating
display of artefacts from Australia's pioneering past. The quaint
little train station opens twice a week for the Savannahlander
Train on its way to and from Forsayth.
Ironbark House is less than 2 hours from Cairns International
Airport and Port Douglas and well worth the drive!
Mail: PO Box
488, Dimbulah, QLD 4872