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.