Bustard Downs Accommodation and Camping Organic Farm

Caravan Park - Queensland


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. What started as a young family’s home by a creek in the dry country evolved from renovation, re-generation, commitment and sheer hard work into a beautiful family home, farm and Eco-tourism business.  At Bustard Downs we practice and promote ethical animal husbandry, we love our animals and treat them with respect. Our animals live a happy, healthy life on pure primitive native grasses in a natural family/herd environment. We practice sustainable re-generative land management, using cattle to manage and maintain our pasture whilst creating and improving our soil microbial health. Australian Certified Organic for Beef cattle 2009-2014. Bio-dynamic 8 years Bustard Downs continues to manage the land and property organically. 

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.

What to expect

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.  Bustard Downs is a working family farm practicing organic, bio-dynamic, natural farming with a small herd of Brahman cattle that occupy the paddocks alongside the Bustards. The owners offer a friendly welcome to their guests and leave you to your own peace and privacy. Unless you ask for help or assistance you will be left to enjoy your own outback bush experience, the quiet pace, clean air, birds and sunshine.


  •     12 Powered and unpowered sites
  •     Drive-thru covered sites (3.4m high)
  •     Sites 25+ meters apart
  •     Hot showers and flushing toilets
  •     Clean amenities
  •     Laundry (2 x $1 coin wash + Hills Hoist)
  •     Potable Water
  •     Vehicle wash down available (please ask)
  •     1km private creek frontage (no crocodiles)
  •     Freshwater fishing  
  •     Picnic tables
  •     One Communal Fire Place
  •     Swimming
  •     Van storage $10 per day OR $50 per week
  •     Pet friendly *terms & conditions apply
No longer open for caravans/camping
Unpowered Site $20.00
Per adult, per night - from

Powered Site $25.00
Per adult, per night - from