Address:Jimbour Station Road, Jimbour QLD 4006
Name: Chris Moyle
Phone: 07 3878 8909
Fax: 07 3878 8920
Details:Jimbour is one of the oldest stations on the Darling Downs, dating from 1841. The most prominent landmark on the property is the heritage listed building known as "Jimbour House" which was built by Joshua Peter Bell. The Bell family had already built a substantial home from bluestone and cedar in 1870 (parts of it can still be seen at the back of Jimbour House) but it was the mansion which would leave its mark.
The work of building the present Jimbour House was begun late in 1874 and finished in early 1877. The cedar was obtained from the Bunya Mountains and was brought down to Cattle Creek, where it was sawn, dressed, and worked up as it is now to be seen in the building. Other timbers used in the building were spotted gum, blue gum, ironbark, bunya, cypress, hoop pine, and some satinwood. The stone and sand were procured from Bunjinnie about six miles from Jimbour.
Jimbour was constructed with the most modern ideas of the day for comfort and convenience. Water and gas were laid on, the gas being generated from coal won from a mine on the property. Water was pumped to the top of a 40 ft tower by the first windmill erected in Queensland. This tower is in use today as the property's visitor information centre and cellar door and is a landmark for approaching aircraft.
Of particular interest are the beautiful slender Tuscan columns at the front of the building, the beautiful French doors, the broad 'verandahs' on the front and side, and the roof which is covered with imported Welsh slate.
In recent times the home achieved some fame when it was used as a major location in the successful TV mini-series Return to Eden. In addition to the main house and its predecessor, the original Station Store, Church and Water Tower remain from the original station township.
Jimbour Station today comprises just over 11,000 acres, of which 3,000 is cultivated for grain and fodder, and the balance supports a Charolais cattle stud and commercial breeding herd. Jimbour Station has recently established a 52 acre vineyard. Once fully developed Jimbour will become known as one of Australia's unique Wine Tourism attractions.
Winemaker: Peter Scudamore-Smith
Products/Varieties: Linkeith - Sunrise White, Sunset Red, Sundown Blend; Jimbour Station Verdelho, Chardonnay, Viognier, Rose, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ludwig Leichhardt Reserve Wines Chardonnay, Merlot; Fortified and Dessert Wines Old Monty Tawny Port.
Features: Award winning gardens, heritage listed buildings from original station, conference facilities and airstrip.
Opening Times: 10.00am - 4.30pm daily.