Around the Farm

Watersmeet is… a nature lover’s paradise, blessed with many rare wilderness habitats protected by the S.E. Queensland Regional Eco-Plan and private access to the adjoining Bellthorpe National Park. It is also a part of Land for Wildlife, a nation-wide conservation program that supports the maintenance and enhancement of native flora and fauna. Our guests have spotted wild goannas, wallabies, echidna, even koalas, and countless bird species to name a few.

THE WORKING FARM

_DSC3082Watersmeet is… the source of Queensland’s beloved Mary River.  Its delicious natural spring waters feed Watersmeet’s beautiful pastures and unrivalled biodiversity, including our farm livestock.  Both children and adults love watching the cattle, feeding the chickens and perhaps even finding some fresh eggs in the morning.

Wouldn’t you like to…

  • Climb up to The Knoll at sunset for breathtaking 360° views and a few spectacular cocktails
  • Explore the discretely signed hiking trails through pristine forests of eucalypts and palms
  • Picnic under a canopy of lush greenery in the Watersmeet valley
  • Discover your inner zoologist and observe the myriad wildlife
  • Be adventurous and go for a cool dip in the waterholes
  • Pick bush lemons and relish country living
  • Savour your morning coffee serenaded by native birds

You can sit on the deck or by the fire with your book, play farmer or indulge in nature by following the trails.

EXPLORING THE GROUNDS

Behind and around the home is a low maintenance rainforest garden that is a natural extension of the adjacent landscape.  For those who have knowledge of Australian bush tukka, you will recognise the edible varieties of mushrooms, ginger, raspberries and other species on the property. PLEASE ALWAYS EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN INGESTING UNKNOWN PLANTS.

Please wear suitable footwear (covered shoes are best) and protect yourself from the sun (sun screen, hat and sleeved shirts) even on cloudy days. Bring drinking water and insect repellant. Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion. Check yourself for ticks when you return to the house if you enjoyed a good bush bash.

It is always good to walk with company and plan to complete your walk well before dark. Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, inform them. This is not just on our property but in any of the nearby forests and parks as well.

Please also avoid walking during wet weather, as tracks can be slippery, especially after rain. Stay on tracks and away from cliff edges. Do not cut corners or create new tracks.

APART FROM ARRIVING AND DEPARTING, TRAVELING ON THE PROPERTY ON ANY VEHICLE IS PROHIBITED FOR YOUR SAFETY.