Can we smoke at Dumaresq Homestead?

Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas using the applicable smokers butt trays. However, as directed by Queensland Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 Part 2B (smoke-free enclosed space), smoking is NOT PERMITTED at any time inside the homestead.  A $1000 cleaning fee applies if smoke contamination occurs during your stay. 

Yoohoo, we are in the country - can we be as noisy as we want?

As we are in a quiet country area, noise travels easily. Therefore we ask that loud music and excessive noise be kept to a minimum.  

How will we check our facebook?

Dumaresq Homestead offers a wireless Telstra phone and internet service through a Cel-Fi Smart repeater. To access this service you need to be a Telstra customer or simply purchase a prepaid Telstra sim card for use in your phone during your stay, before you arrive. Reception may vary away from the house due to the terrain and reception ability of varying phone models. Unfortunately at the present time, other communication carriers are not available due to their network limitations.

Will there be snakes?

Dumaresq Homestead is located in a remote rural setting and as such snakes are occasionally seen. We keep the area in and around the homestead clean and mown to limit unwanted visitors.  We will advise you about what to do if you see a snake and assist you should this occur.

Should it be required, there is a full first aid kit located at the property.

What's the weather like?

Below is a table from the Australian BOM weather website showing the average temperatures year round:

Statistics Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean maximum temperature (°C) 33.7 32.5 31.1 27.5 23.0 19.4 18.8 20.8 24.4 27.9 30.3 32.7
Mean minimum temperature (°C) 18.6 18.2 15.8 11.7 8.0 4.5 3.6 4.5 7.8 11.6 14.9 17.2

When can we have a fire?

During May, June, July, August and September we provide firewood and fire starter cubes for the outside fire pit, dependent on fire risk conditions issued by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

Firewood and fire starter cubes are supplied for inside use during June, July and August and other times if it is cold enough.

Is there airconditioning/heating?

Dumaresq Homestead is fully equipped with central heating and cooling which is ducted throughout the entire house.

As we aim to be an environmentally sustainable farm the air conditioning thermostat is pre set at 24 degrees to facilitate this. We ask that when the natural air temperature is around this mark, guests help the environment by opening the doors and enjoying the beautiful country breezes we enjoy in the Dumaresq valley.

How are the bedrooms configured?

  1. king bed with ensuite
  2. queen bed
  3. queen bed
  4. double bed
  5. 2 x king size single beds
  6. 2 x king size single beds

We are thinking about bringing our horses.

Horse riding is encouraged on the property - you will need to bring your own horses and tack etc. Disclaimer waivers need to be signed by each riding member due to insurance requirements. We will provide our own farm grown lucerne hay for you which is included in your tariff.  We have covered yards available for your use including tack room, wash down bay and day yards. You will be given maps and the freedom to explore over 9000 acres of varying terrain.

We understand we have to clean up after ourselves, but what other cleaning are we actually expected to do - we are on holidays after all!

Cleaning up after yourselves is really all that we expect.  Please leave the dishes done, any spills wiped up, sinks and benches wiped, the fridge wiped out, BBQ clean, rubbish in the bins provided, toilets acceptable.  We don't expect you to clean windows, mop the house or do a thorough vacuum, and we don't want you to strip your beds. We simply ask that you be respectful of the property, your hosts and future guests. Thank you.

Can we wash if we need to?

Dumaresq Homestead has a fully equipped laundry with washing machine, dryer, iron and clothes line for your use.

What bits and pieces can we expect to find there (so we know what not to bring)?

The homestead has dishwashing liquid, chux, scourer, tea towels, enough dishwasher pellets for your stay, washing powder for a couple of loads, multipurpose spray cleaner, toilet cleaner, toilet paper, tissues and hand soap dispensers.  There is a fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and glassware for 12. There are some board and outdoor games and second hand reading material.

Any suggestions about what we need to pack?

Dumaresq Homestead offers authentic rural experiences, so it would be a good idea to pack some clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and some sturdy comfortable shoes/boots.  Also, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, your camera, binoculars if you have them, whatever you enjoy reading, board/outdoor games you enjoy playing, dvds to watch (if you want to), playstation 2 or 3 games (again, if you want to), gumboots if you have them, extra towels for taking to the river etc, your music (eg ipod - to plug into the sound system) and food. These are just some ideas - please contact us and ask for advice if you're not sure whether or not to pack something. We'll be only too happy to help you.