This is still Day 2 of our family trip out west of Brisbane City and the second part of the pictures of Jimbour House, which ironically is just out of the Jimbour Township located on Jimbour Station.
In my last lot of pictures we had just walked from the car park, past the water tower and the church down the road leading to the main house.
You don’t really get a sense of how big Jimbour House is when you are walking towards it as the trees are so old and big that they stop you from seeing the house until you are almost upon it.
But as you get closer it certainly is a surprise at the sheer size of the place.
After the original wooden slab house burnt down, construction started on a new residence made from blue stone.
This was finished in 1870 and only served as a temporary residence while the new main Jimbour House we currently see now, was being built.
The main house is constructed of sandstone and the building project started at the end of 1874.
As you can see from the photos below, Jimbour House is a big place and it takes quite a while to get around it and the gardens.
This above photo is the first view you get of Jimbour House when you get to the end of the road from the car park and walk through the main entrance way.
The road is covered in trees and you can just see the chimney stacks and a few peeks of sandstone as you get closer to the entrance.
This photo above is the from view of Jimbour Heritage House and to the right of this there is the swimming pool area.
The gardens are well kept around the whole house and would take many hours out of your day to keep them like they do.
If you enter the swimming pool area you overlook what looks like never ending pristine farming land with a spattering of trees here and there.
Below the pool area towards the farmland is the Amphitheatre where the events take place for the house.
In the past, since the Amphitheatre has been operational they have held operas and other similar events with crowd numbers increasing year to year.
In 2015 the event is Fledermaus, which is an event run by Queensland Music Festival and OperaQ.
This will see the whole area turned into a big ballroom with plenty of other activities leading into and out of the event.
It certainly would be a great experience to travel to Jimbour, stay overnight and take in a Opera in Jimbour event.
This photo above of Jimbour House is take from the edge of the garden looking straight at the front of the house.
I have used a Pano setting on the iPhone for this photo so I could fit in the whole house without having to stand in the swimming pool to get the shot.
As you can see the house and the gardens aren’t something you would see everyday around Brisbane let alone travelling around Queensland.
This photo above is the view as you walk around the corner of the house and head towards the airport.
To the right of the tree is the Millicent Russell Kitchen Garden which is where all the herbs and vegetables are grown for the kitchens.
The Summer House was built more recently to complement Jimbour House and it overlooks the Amphitheatre.
This photo above is the view from the herb and vegetable garden looking towards the house.
In the vegetable garden the construction of the paths seem to make this whole area hotter than just walking on the grass, so giving the vegetable garden the feeling of being its own greenhouse.
This photo above is in the courtyard at the back of Jimbour House, to the right of this photo is the bottom storey of the original blue stone house.
As you can see there is many places to hang out and discover around the house.
We didn’t get to go into the house at all but there were a few people/staff around going in and out.
The Jimbour Heritage House website has a virtual tour page where you can see Google Views of most of the buildings.
Normal photographs of the house and surrounds don’t do it full justice so if you have a look at the Virtual Tour photos and move your mouse around you get more of a sense of what a great place Jimbour House is to visit and look at.
You can have a look here if you want, “Jimbour House Virtual Tour“.
The history from where Jimbour Heritage House has come from to where it is now is a long intricate story that is too long to write about in one post and also with one or two pages of photos.
The Jimbour House website covers every aspect of the house, the area and buildings surrounding the house and the station too.
You can learn more about the history of the house here, “Jimbour House”, they certainly have done a great job.
So that covers our trip to Jimbour, next on the list for the day was heading to Jandowae where they at one stage had blocks of land for sale for one dollar and also in this area is the start of the Dingo Fence that runs from Queensland to South Australia and is 5,614 kilometres long.
* Read about the next part of our Dalby Road Trip here “Road trip to Jandowae”
* Or if you want to head back to the start of the holiday here, “Road Trip Out West”