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. 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 cattle yards. To the southwest of the property lies the Guest House; a new luxury self contained holiday home completed in 2015 along with the Stations 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 Guest House? Full details are on the Location page.
What time should I arrive/ depart? Check in time is from 2pm and check out is at 10am
Is there a reception to collect our keys? We will advise you of your check-in details after your booking is confirmed.
Do you have wifi or phone reception? Limited WIFI is available at the property and phone service is available through the Telstra mobile network.
Where is the nearest place to eat out? The local IGA express supermarket offers takeaway food options 7 days a week their phone number is 07 4060 8125. The Bloomfield Beach Camp offers a licensed restaurant during the dry season and on some special occasions their phone number is 07 4060 8207. The Lions Den Hotel offers pizza all day every day or lunch menu from 12pm-2pm and dinner from 6pm-8pm, their phone number is 07 4060 3911.
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 guest house 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 Guest House good for kids? Kids at Mount Louis Station Guest House 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, going on bushwalks, fishing or crabbing in the local creeks and rivers 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 garden and lawn area. 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, cooktop, 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 drinks fridge.
Do you supply tea and coffee? Yes – generous provisions are provided which will be 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 if requested. A bath sheet, hand towel and face cloth are provided for each guest. Should you require additional towels, please call us on 0407 036 583 / 0740 608 181.
Is there a non-smoking policy? Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the house. Please place all butts in the outside rubbish bins located in the carport.
How are we to leave the House on departure? Please leave all used towelling on the bathroom floor. The dishwasher should be stacked and turned on, air-conditioning turned off, fans turned off and windows closed. The 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. Please ensure all doors are locked upon departure and the house key left inside.
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? Deposits: 20% deposit payable upon booking with balance due no less than 30 days prior to commencement of stay. Cancellations: 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.