Escape to Stoney Batter! Australia as it should be...
Stoney Batter is unique. Formerly part of a cattle station of the same name, this incredible and private property has one of the Atherton Tablelands' oldest and most charming houses, perched above Australia's widest waterfall, and named 'Banggarra' from the local Jirrbal people's water story.
This stunning property lies at the southern end of the cool tropical Atherton Tablelands and has outstanding biodiversity and scenery. Located in the ecotone between the Wet Tropics rainforest and open savannah woodland, species from both habitats are frequent visitors, with over 160 bird species recorded.
Entering the property is a delight in itself. Your private drive passes through grassed paddocks and open woodland with a small herd of grazing Red Brangus cattle before reaching the lip of the Millstream Gorge on which the house and gardens are delightfully perched; your glorious discovery is just beginning.
An extremely spacious home, 'Banggarra' is welcoming you as the tranquillity and seclusion embrace you. Based around a 100-year-old former church, with spectacular views over sweeping lawns and mature shady gardens, containing a significant number of interesting and unusual trees and plants.
The former church has been converted into a spacious 120 m² sitting and dining room and kitchen (with walk-in pantry), massively extended by a 40 m² drawing room, three en-suite double bedrooms (all with built-in wardrobes, one walk-in), and a library/study with shelving for over 3,000 books. Carefully-positioned verandahs have both east and west aspects, making the most of winter and evening sunlight, with welcoming fireplaces in sitting and drawing rooms to warm the sometimes chillier high altitude winter evenings.
In addition to the main house, there is a fully self-contained and private cottage with deck, outbuildings; including a fully lockable sealed shed, a large hayshed. Adjoining the paddocks is a 3,300 sqm Dam, which, like the house, is served from an excellent bore separately connected to the electricity grid.
Although currently only lightly grazed, Stoney Batter's fertile soils, gentle slopes, abundant water and cleared land, has significant horticultural potential. Outstanding natural beauty, heritage values, numerous privately-accessed riverbanks, swimming holes and established walking tracks, as well as a strategic location just off the Savannah Way and easy accessibility to facilities, also provide real tourism potential.
In the mornings and evenings, the gardens play host to a veritable rollcall of wildlife, including up to 40 Rock Wallabies; with Wedge-tailed Eagles, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Channel-billed Cuckoos, and Dollarbirds often seen and heard.
The paddocks and woodland are home to mobs of Grey Kangaroos, Whiptail and Black Wallabies, and Rufous Bettongs; with Platypus encountered every day in the pools of the Millstream Gorge. Facing Stoney Batter on the northern and western banks of the Gorge sits the Millstream Falls National Park, the oldest in north Queensland, having been established in 1909.
120sqm open plan dining, lounge and kitchen with walk-in pantry
40sqm drawing room
Three double bedrooms all with ensuites
Study/Library with shelving for over 3,000 books
Fireplaces in sitting and drawing room
400sqm under roof
Two garages and storage
Farm machinery including tractor and slasher
Open TimesPlease contact Barbara Wolveridge to arrange an appointment.
- Land area approx 53.79ha
- Carports 2
- Water Front
- River Views
- High Clearance
- Bush Retreat
- Area Views
- Open Fireplace
- Built In Wardrobes
- Air Conditioning
- Ensuite 1