Bustard Downs

Camping. Bed and Breakfast. Organic Farm.

Bustard Downs Guesthouse

Bustard Downs is over 200 acres of privately owned land on the western side of the Great Diving Range.

Consisting of cleared pasture on alluvial plains, open eucalypt woodlands and wetland, bordered by the Mary and Leichhardt Creeks which flow down from World Heritage rainforest, plus lots of dry tropical savannah sunshine.

All accommodation facilities are existing original Tobacco farm buildings, some hand built with river sand and local sawn hardwood timbers. Renovations have kept old farm charm and character featuring king beds crisp cotton linen, and are clean and comfortable. We named the property Bustard Downs after the Australian Bustard (Plains Turkey) which is prolific on Bustard Downs. The other reason for the name was that when the property was bought, it was “busted down” (busted: meaning broken in Australian slang), referring to the run down state the country and buildings were in.

Farm Stay Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast – 1-7 Guests.

Stay in the original tobacco farm workers quarters circa 1950s -60s Its uniqueness remains while recent renovations present rooms that are clean, crisp and cool with white cotton linen, on king size beds, woollen carpets and white-washed walls. Rooms have fans and windows and doors are screened.

All rooms have a separate entrance via the large veranda and a private garden aspect. Situated 50 metres from the family homestead on one hectare of native gardens, substantial food garden, 20 metre freshwater swimming pool and close proximity to the Mary Creek.

Self-Contained Farm Cottage – Sleeps 1-4 Guests.  Maximum 5 Guests

The Tobacco Farm Cottage is private with native gardens that scarlet honeyeaters and sundbirds love.  Wake to mountain views across paddocks of primitive grasses and Brahman cows.

Cool 100% cotton linen, comfy beds, soft wooden floorboards and local vintage art. Windows are screened and rooms have ceiling fans.  A large fridge and BBQ makes self-catering easy. The cottage is located at 61 East Mary Road above the Mary Creek within 5ha Caravan and Camping Grounds.

Mary Creek Caravan & Camping Ground

Originally a Tobacco Farm the Caravan Park was established in the late 1970s as a mining camp for additional accommodation for workers and their families at the nearby Mount Carbine Tungsten mine.   The grounds have a park feel with established shady trees, large open grassed areas set above the Mary Creek, its source the nearby Mt. Lewis National Park.
Bustard Downs offers a quiet relaxed laid back atmosphere, spacious shady sites above the Mary Creek, 300+ sunny days per year, hot showers, clean facilities and beautiful landscape mountain views.