If you’ve been looking for a relaxing stay on an Outback Queensland sheep and cattle station (let’s face it…..who hasn’t been) with a taste of luxury and some incredible hosts to boot, then look no further. Moble Homestead has got you covered.
Last week we ventured out to Moble to catch up with Kylie, Brian and Meg about what the future has in store for Moble Homestead…or rather what Moble Homestead has in store for you as a visitor!
Moble is centrally located between Quilpie, Toompine and Eromanga and no matter which direction you are coming from the scenery is stunning and different to the usual views you may see along the main roads out this way.
As we pulled in over the cattle grid we were greeted by Kylie at the entrance to her incredible garden surrounding the homestead. Now I grew up out here and have been to a few garden parties at Moble in my time and I am still always blown away by the incredible gardens whenever I am there.
We were invited in to the Homestead and the smell of pikelets filled the air. Meg had put on a spread for us…..country hospitality at its finest! Kylie informed us that she had mastered her coffee machine and was able to make us a flat white or a flat white…..we had the flat white, and might I say it was delicious. Highly recommend it when you come for your stay!
Over our coffee and pikelets we learnt about the new trekking packages that Moble would be offering in 2020.
From the ‘Homestead Trekker’ package, a 2 night stay at the Homestead with all meals, drinks and alcohol plus guided walking tours around the property with Meg or Kylie, to the ‘Intrepid Camper’ package for the more adventurous at heart. A 3 day and 3 night package which includes guided treks with Meg or Kylie, 2 nights accommodation at the Homestead and 1 night camping under the stars, plus all meals, drinks and alcohol. These really are the perfect packages for anyone wanting some fresh outback air and wide open spaces!
After smoko we were excited for our tour through the accommodation. The ‘Garden Room’, the only room that is actually in the homestead itself, has incredible views of the garden and lawn…hence its name. If you fancy waking up of a morning, walking out the French doors and enjoying your cup of tea whilst watching the sunrise bounce of the waterhole then this is the room for you.
A short stroll along the lawn we entered ‘The Straw Bale Hut’. Nestled amongst the garden and overlooking the water, it almost feels like you are stepping back in time as you enter this incredibly unique room. You really would be pushed to find any accommodation remotely like this….which is why you should book NOW!
We entered the old school room which has had a makeover of recent years and is now known as ‘Bill’s Hut’. I’m not sure what I loved more about this rustic accommodation, whether it was the extra-large bed, the pot belly stove in the corner of the outdoor bathroom with large steel bathtub looking out into the bush. Kylie informed us they are undertaking some landscaping around the hut and even adding a fire place so if you are looking for me in the middle of winter I’ll be living in Bills Hut!
Unfortunately we weren’t able to see some of the other accommodation options like the cottage (above), shearing quarters or Bannerman’s Camp (used for new trekking packages) as the recent rain had made the road a little wet….but no one was complaining about that, especially us as it just means we get to go back soon for another visit!
We wandered around the garden some more admiring the water features, the homemade tyre swing from the large tree and the incredible ironwork sculptures throughout….all of which were made by Brian himself.
As we finally dragged ourselves away (we all thought that perhaps we should just stay for the night….wine and cheese in the garden seemed like a perfect afternoon) we reflected on just how unique Moble Homestead is. Every single detail, even down to the smallest of things is so meticulously thought out that it really does make you realise that a stay here would be a once in a lifetime experience.
For more information on Moble visit: https://www.moblehomestead.com.au/
I don’t know about you but I am already planning on ditching the kids and heading down for a weekend…..and I only live in Quilpie.