Welcome to Ironbark House, Dimbulah, FNQ...
Ironbark House is situated on the ridge-line gazing out across the outback. This totally off grid 1345 acre property has its own solar power system and harvests all its own water. It is located on the outskirts of the Atherton Tablelands in the farming district of Dimbulah en route to Mount Mulligan and Chillagoe.
This Cairns Outback property is a great example of the eco-sustainable lifestyle of the future.
To get an idea of the where we call home please click here to have a look at this short video – enjoy!
The most beautiful home set within gorgeous woodlands overlooking one of the most amazing views I have ever seen in my travels. Never ending look out across an amazingly bio diverse country side in all directions. Wallaby visits and a keen birders heaven! Beautiful friendly cows. The luxurious house which has been exceptionally designed is completely self sufficient – so inspiring! You can go horse riding with gorgeous Rachel who is amazing with animals. You can also go on a series of tours to suit your interest with Kevin who is so kind, funny and full of knowledge about creatures large and small. We even saw beautiful rock wallabies including one with an adorable joey! This place is something special. Perfect for a friend group, family and I think it would be lovely for a solo aspiring artist or writer who needs an inspiring, peaceful setting. I’m an early career researcher in environmental science and this place had so many species I had been looking for in field trips for years! I will be recommending this to absolutely everyone. I can’t wait to plan my next visit to Ironbark House!
Keep this place a secret- PLEASE
I am going through my bucket list and noticed an article in the Cairns Post about Ironbark House and activities.
I did a search and found the contact details and sent off an email which was very promptly answered. My enquiry was about horse riding without being a guest in accommodation. I quickly made a booking.
The great things about this place starts with the first email. answered the questions very accurate with information felt so welcome before I even said I would go.
The directions were pin point accurate, greeted with an enthusiastic smile and put my nerves to rest. meet and greet the horses, discuss my ability and what I want t get out of the morning, sign a wavier and we are on our way.
The horses were loved and in great condition the best I have seen in FNQ tourist ride. We casually rode through the bush seeing local wildlife a couple small (very small) creek crossing and getting to a trot on a couple occasions. Not being in a saddle for a few years it was a great start. The is so many advantages on this property, the great accommodation where you can rest up after your ride or the little town of Dimbulah is no more than 10 minutes away. A great base to explore the out back.There is a variety of tracks so it will never be boring, Rachael will work with your riding ability and confidence to make it a great day.
There is only a few horses which suits me as this has the great experience and not the mass of tourists like other places.
Things which make this place a stand out……..
The great condition of the horses – they really do look after them
The Owners – the horse and your safety is paramount
The variety – not just going around in circles there is flats, creeks, rocks, wildlife.
Yes I will go again and look to make this a monthly event for me it will still be cheaper and easier than getting my own horse again.
10 out of 10.
Two nights were not long enough!
We’re grateful that an unexpected flood at our original destination forced us to change plans and as a result, stumble into this dry tropical ‘Shangri-La’.
My first reaction while sitting on the verandah looking past the iconic iron bark tree was just an enormous sense of peace. I can see why Kevin and Rachael decided to create the cottage where they did!. I’m not normally into just sitting around when on holidays, but it’s hard to think of a nicer place to reconnect with nature (see photos).
The sense of peace was just the beginning, as there are about 5km of tracks starting from the house and passing though a range of elevation and vegetation types, and permanent water-holes. Even though we were there at the end of the wet season, we found more than enough uncommon wildlife to make us very happy. In the dry, this must be a birdwatcher’s dream! We were also lucky enough to go for a walk with Kevin on another part of the property and got to see lots of other wildlife including a cute family of Mareeba rock wallabies.
It’s hopefully very obvious that we wish Kevin and Rachael at Iron Bark House every success and hope to be back soon!
Rowan and Ian’s review stayed with family over Easter 2018
We had a terrific stay at Ironbark House. The house itself has everything you would want, in a terrific location. You can sit on the veranda, watch the birds and soak in the spectacular view; get a bit more active and explore the tracks around the property or take a guided tour with Kevin around the property to see both the natural beauty and a bit of the farm life; or use the house to go further afield to Chillagoe caves or explore the tablelands. Rachael and Kevin were also very thoughtful hosts. Highly recommend a stay at Ironbark house to locals, domestic and international tourists alike.
We had an amazing holiday, the horse riding was fantastic and tailored to our needs, definitely not a normal trail ride! The flora and fauna on the Cattle Station is amazing, rock wallabies (the most I have ever seen), wallabies, wallaroos and so many birds. It’s a must do destination for Australians and overseas visitors as you can horse ride, mountain bike and walk through a pristine environment and you are the only ones there; other than owners Rachel (horse riding Instructor/guide) and Kevin (flora and fauna tour guide). The 5 star accommodation is totally secluded with amazing views, just bring a bottle of wine and watch the wildlife and sunsets. All within 2 hours drive from Cairns.
Vicky and Zoe
Mail: PO Box 488, Dimbulah, QLD 4872