Things To Know
Mount Louis Cattle Station is arguably the most fertile and picturesque cattle station in Far North Queensland fattening some of the finest Brahman and Brangus steers in the country. The station has a total area of 3071 acres, of which 2000 acres are improved pasture, the remaining 1000 acres include Mount Louis, Mount Annie and virgin rainforest, melaleuca tea tree forests, swamps and mangroves.
First settled by Frank Bauer from Germany in 1882, Mount Louis Station was one of the very first places in Queensland to grow sugar cane commercially. By 1890 there was a bustling community incorporating the Vilele Plantation Sugar Mill and the Bloomfield River Sugar Company producing up to 2000 tonnes of sugar annually.
The original Mount Louis homestead was magnificent, built for the Bauer family at the top of Mount Annie, the remains of which can be seen today. Today, the homestead now lies to the northwest of the property with living quarters, workshop, 9 main paddocks, numerous holding paddocks and fully equipped steel and timber cattle yards. To the southwest of the property lies the Ranch House; a new luxury self contained holiday home completed in 2015 and Mount Louis own sealed airstrip with a small terminal building.
The Bloomfield area is rich with historical, cultural and natural interest. Its home to the Kuku-Yalanjii people who have occupied this area for over tens of thousands of years; the majestic Bloomfield Falls are of great sacred significance to these traditional custodians. Captain James Cook and his men gave Weary Bay its name in 1770 after running aground on Endeavour reef which is North East of Weary Bay. His men rowed ashore to establish if the Bloomfield River was a suitable site to carry out repairs. Upon reaching the Bay they deemed the Bloomfield River to be an inappropriate location, his men rested here and gave Weary Bay its name. They then travelled north to Cooktown where they found a river with better access – now known as the Endeavour River.
With the UNESCO World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest on the doorstep, this area is one of the most naturally diverse places on earth. Virtually untouched for millions of years, the Wet Tropics is home to numerous rare and threatened plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. It is the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforest on earth, a living museum of how land plants have evolved since the break up of Gondwana 40 million years ago - from ancient ferns, conifers and cycads to the more highly evolved flowering plants, and animals with ancient lineages that represent significant stages in evolution such as the musky rat-kangaroo and the chowchilla. Home also to over a fifth of Australia’s bird species and some of the world’s largest and most striking butterflies, exploring this area of natural beauty and significance it is an unforgettable and unmissable experience.
How do I get to Mount Louis Station? Full details are on the Location page.
What time should I arrive? Check in time is from 2pm and check out is at 10am
Is there a reception to collect our keys? No, we are not on site but only a 2 minute drive from the Ranch House. We will advise your meet and greet on confirmation.
Do you have wifi or 3G internet reception? There is no wifi at the property. As this is a remote area and 3G and mobile phone connections are sporadic at the property. Telstra’s 3G data and mobile service is available at Port Bloomfield, Wujal Wujal and near the IGA store in Ayton.
Where is the nearest place to eat out? Blooms Café in the Bloomfield township is open daily for breakfast and lunch and on Thursday evenings until 7pm for Pizza. The café will open any night for dinner if a booking is made for 4 people or more. To make a booking contact Blooms on 07 4060 8236.
Where is the nearest place to buy food? The local IGA store at Ayton has a good selection of fresh food, meat and groceries along with less expected items such as fishing gear and car accessories. A larger supermarket can be found in Cooktown. The property has a full size fridge freezer and it is suggested that you do the bulk of your food shopping before you arrive.
Is a stay at Mount Louis good for kids? Kids at Mount Louis Station are most welcome, and we believe it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and get the kids back to basics. They will love exploring the great outdoors, learning about life on a cattle station, going on bush walks, fishing or crabbing in the creek and visiting the local bush beaches and waterfalls or even the Great Barrier Reef. The house is ideally designed for families with lots of spacious communal areas and a private fenced garden. The kitchen and BBQ area are fully equipped with everything you should need. Our separate laundry room has a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.
What kitchen facilities are there? There is a full kitchen with pantry, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer. There are fry pans, saucepans, toaster, electric kettle, electric mixer, mixing bowls, serving bowls and plates, salad bowl and tongs, cutlery, crockery, baking dishes, cutting boards, cooking knives and utensils. The outdoor undercover alfresco kitchen has BBQ, sink and its own fridge.
Do you supply tea and coffee? Yes - generous provisions sufficient for your stay.
Do you supply bed linen and towels? Yes all bed linen and towels are provided and will be replenished every 7 days. A bath sheet, hand towel and face cloth are provided for each guest. Should you require additional towels, please phone Mount Louis Station on 0407 036 583 / 0740 608 181.
Is there a non-smoking policy? Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the house. All butts must be placed in the outside bins.
How are we to leave the Ranch House on departure? On departure please leave all used towelling and robes on the ensuite or bathroom floor. The dishwasher should be stacked and turned on, air-conditioning turned off and windows closed. The Ranch House should be left in a tidy condition with all items returned to their original position. If additional cleaning is necessary an extra charge will be incurred.
What if we break something? There is a flat $5 charge for crockery and glassware breakages. Other items need to be discussed with the host.
What are your booking terms and conditions and do you have a cancellation policy?
20% deposit payable upon booking with balance due no less than 30 days prior to commencement of stay.
Cancellations prior to 60 days before your stay will incur a $200 admin fee with balance of deposit fully refundable.
Cancellations between 60 days and 14 days will incur a 25% penalty + $200 admin fee.
Cancellations under 14 days will incur full tariff. No refund is available.