Bonus Downs Farmstay

Farm Stay - Queensland


The homestead was built in 1911 by one of this country's most famous landholders who contributed hugely to Australia's rural progress at a time when a young and developing country needed such foresight. People describe him as 'Australia's greatest pastoralist because he was so innovative, so keen to improve on what nature had provided.'

His name was Sir Samuel McCaughey.  He purchased Bonus Downs in 1909 when it comprised 300,000 acres and was devoted solely to cattle. Believing the land was more appropriately suited to sheep, McCaughey converted Bonus Downs. Five years later Bonus Downs was shearing 130,000 Merinos, had a 42 stand shearing shed and employed 100 men.

After Sir Samuel's death the property was passed through several hands until Lyle and Madonna Connolly purchased Bonus Downs in 1990 and set about the painstaking restoration of the Bonus Downs homestead. Today Bonus Downs is ranked among the oldest established properties of the Maranoa. 


Bonus Downs, a privately owned property run by Lyle and Madonna Connolly, is the ultimate outback historical experience.

Experience the magnificent Bonus Downs homestead, find yourself on a tranquil bushwalk or take in the day's activities. Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone at  Bonus Downs. Bonus Downs offers good old fashioned country hospitality in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Bonus Downs is 630km west of Brisbane which is approxomately 7 hours drive. It is situated 1 hour 45 minutes from Roma, 46km south west of Mitchell on the Bollon Road with bitumen to the entrance and is only half na hour from the Great Astesian Spa Complex. The property is serviced by its own airstrip capable of landing light fixed wing aircraft. GPS Co-ordinates are 26 degrees 42 minutes south and 147 degrees 41 minutes east. Permission is required to land. Bonus Downs has accommodation in the rustic Jackeroos Quarters (12 guests). Powered and non-powered camping sites are also available in the shearing shed.
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    Mitchell-Bollon Road
    Mungallala South, Queensland, 4467
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  • Coordinates & Contact Details

    -26.7117, 147.6846
    07 4623 1573
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    Roma, Queensland
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