Gordon Country Events – what’s been happening and what’s new?
Welcome to our page which carries updates and general information on events from your home away from home and we do hope you’ve enjoyed looking through the various pages on our website. Our weather is now so good we wonder just what happened to Winter but we’re not complaining!
We assure you no matter what the season, that it is our goal to constantly improve the property as part of our ongoing commitment to making Gordon Country ‘the best’ that it can be. Our attention is continually on improving fencing, 4WD areas and common play areas. Our guest kitchen facility has been upgraded to include a refrigerator, stove, hot water, pit fire, tables and chairs and even a TV which we really hope you enjoy. The cabins are being constantly improved as well and we’re currently in the process of adding a toilet and shower to each one – extra amenities wow!
A very big thank you to all our guests this year across a big Easter event, all of the school holidays and long weekends including the one we’ve just enjoyed to start off a great October! There’s been a very relaxed energy at GC this year and we appreciate the good nature of our guests and the mutual respect shown between fellow campers, glampers & cabin folk.
We will also highlight for you established events in our area that you might like to attend, keeping in mind that we’d love for you to stay with us while you enjoy all that the region has to offer!
- WARWICK RODEO /GOLD CUP……… It’s nearly here again folks, the Famous/Infamous Warwick Rodeo! 26th – 29th of October and the nation’s top rodeo riders and the best broncs and bucking bulls gather for what is known far and wide as “Australia’s Most Famous”. The riders and the bucking stock come together to try and prove the old saying wrong – “never the horse that couldn’t be rode, never the rider that couldn’t be throwed”!!
Warwick has such a strong tradition of horsemanship and great riders and these sit majestically every October, alongside the city’s heritage sandstone buildings, fine churches, rose gardens and wide, tree-lined streets. Today, Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft attracts crowds in excess of 30,000 people with competitors and horses travelling from every mainland state to compete.
Make the most of that country feel and come spend Rodeo Week at Gordon Country – only 30mins into town to enjoy the campdrafting events and all the rodeo fun.
Check it out! http://warwickshowandrodeo.com.au/
- Something very new and a great addition to what Gordon Country offers our guests, is the option to take 4WD lessons and escorted tours. We were asked so often about making this available that we decided to go ahead and add this training along with the tours of our many and varied tracks. Just another exciting element to add to the growing list of GC adventures! All you need to do to take advantage of this option is be sure to book ahead….https://www.gordoncountry.com.au/4wd-lessons-4wd-escorted-tours
- Channel 7 has been with us this month filming again and highlighting as many of the features of a Gordon Country stay as they can for the segment. Here’s the link to Queensland Weekender with the video segment of our 50th Anniversary celebration! of this segment. We’re very grateful for the privilege we’ve had across those 50 years – in getting to know so many good people, generation after generation in fact- and seeing what a difference our little bit of country has made.
- AND, to meet the demand we have also introduced ‘true’ GLAMPING to our range of sleepover options! Watch this space for pics of the themed tents complete with timber flooring and furnishings! Yay girls………
* Our Photo Competition was a great success and a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all of our guests who sent in their entries. Not only did we see a reflection of how Gordon Country is experienced, but also stunning scenery, amazing wildlife and how the kids ‘express’ themselves while at Gordon Country. We had four sections – Scenery; Through the eyes of Kids; Campfires & Action/Adventure. The winning images have been added below and can also be seen on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/brilliantbushadventures. All entries sent in are also featured on our dedicated page ‘ Photo Competition 2017’.
2016 WARWICK Rodeo Queen Ashleigh Grant was joined late last year by her national and international counterparts as the annual Warwick Rodeo rolled around. Miss Rodeo Canada Samantha Stokes, Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck and Miss Rodeo Australia Katy Scott enjoyed a week of events and activities, including a very special visit to Gordon Country for lunch and a tour of our scenic property.
They also spent a couple of days on the Sunshine Coast with Ashleigh before travelling to Proserpine where they cruised the reef and the Whitsundays and had cocktails with the Premier. The girls said later their day at GC had been a real highlight of their tour!
Some great images of them here on the Sunshine Coast, with our Sam in front of our functions centre ‘Rivergums Barn’ and at Sylvesters Lookout on the World Heritage listed Main Range National Park at the top of Goomburra Valley.
It seems awhile ago now but our New Year’s Gala Ball was one of our very successful events with sincere thanks to those involved in its organisation and running. There were so many generous people and businesses who donated prizes for our raffles, we couldn’t have done it without you!
What made it so worthwhile was that it was all to raise funds for a very worthwhile organisation called Tie up the Black Dog which supports folks living in the bush dealing with depression or mental health issues. We were able to raise $8000 on the night with entry, raffles and donations so a really great result.
Our new Retreat Cabins and Camping Areas
Our most exciting news for awhile is our recent acquisition of extra camping grounds and modern self-contained cabins along the Valley toward the Heritage listed Main Range National Park. If you’re an established Gordon Country guest then you’ll love the new options – and if you’re looking to see if we’re a fit for your authentic Australian bush getaway, then please read on.
Belonging to the Gordon Family many years ago was a parcel of land further up the Goomburra Valley recently known as ‘Goomburra Forest Retreat’. We’ve been fortunate in securing back this property to incorporate into the Gordon Country name and we can now offer a greater and more diverse selection of camping sites as well as cabin accommodation.
Among this fabulous new accommodation, is a large ‘Homestead’ being a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom spacious residence with 2 lounges, dining room and modern kitchen. There are 2 Studio cabins fully self-contained and powered, with another 1 bedroom cabin also self-contained and powered. These residences all have internal bathrooms with linen supplied and furnished beautifully. So if you’re looking for that bush getaway but still want your home comforts, these will be perfect for you. Our new campsites along Dalrymple Creek are plentiful and simply stunning being serviced by a modern solar powered shower and toilet block centrally located.
All residences have verandahs with large doors and windows, featuring their own spectacular outlook onto the bush land and mountains. How perfect for the getaway that has you rushing to put your phone in the drawer for a weekend or week (no mobile reception)? See yourself saying ‘goodbye’ to emails, iPads, iPods and all the things that distract you from being centred and pursuing a balanced lifestyle. We really want to offer our guests a multi-layered experience that includes outdoor experiences (perfect whether you’re alone or with friends or family) as well as contemplative time out by the creek or sitting on your verandah. All of this supported by the incomparable night skies and peace and quiet of the Valley!
So please take a look at our dedicated website page titled ‘Gordon Country Retreat’ situated under the Accommodation tab on the home page – https://www.gordoncountry.com.au/accommodation/welcome-gordon-country-retreat/- We have great plans for our RETREAT area in the future and look forward to sharing them with you before too long – in the meantime, they are available to book and we think you’ll love our new additions!
Big & beautiful, ‘Rivergums Barn’ is ready for your wedding, function or special event!
The big build has been worth the wait on our ‘country-size’ barn and really, there’s only one way in the country and that’s big! Unique in South East Queensland, it’s an amazing events venue designed to perfection for your WEDDING, CORPORATE or FAMILY function. Set in the ‘Banshee’ surrounded by picturesque trees and open grassed areas, ‘Rivergums Barn’ has now hosted many weddings and functions large and small with great success. The sky is definitely the limit with your important celebration whether cosy or corporate! Please consider Gordon Country as your preferred option and enjoy our tailored packages designed to suit your style and guest numbers. BYO everything or BYO nothing – consider how easy it can be and how relaxing to have accommodation included in your package, a definite plus for you and your special guests! Inspections are invited by appointed. Take a look at Gordon Country Weddings on Facebook and call Sarah for more information… https://www.facebook.com/Gordon-Country-Weddings-1456690354588545/?fref=ts It’s Australian Bush Hospitality at it’s Best and so affordable……
TV ALERT! Queensland Weekender featured Gordon Country in a segment offering a great insight into our beautiful bush, mountain and creek environment. The segment highlighted the range of experiences adults can enjoy as well as the kids and of course, the valued pets. Here’s the address for your browser so take a look – could be your perfect getaway! http://www.queenslandweekender.com.au/exploring-gordon-country-on-horseback/
AND WHILE WE’RE HERE- A big thank you to all our fabulous guests who joined us throughout 2016 and so far this year, for your consideration to our property and environment. It is an ongoing and relentless job to maintain and improve what is a very large area with a lot of roads, tracks and water areas. Your support means a great deal in terms of preserving Gordon Country for future generations so that they can enjoy the same experiences available to you now. We’ve had great crowds over all the long weekends and across the school holidays last year and this year so far and from all reports everyone has had a fantastic time! The kids were out in force doing the things they love as well – on their bikes, fishing, yabbying, playing ball games and chasing their dogs. Rain or shine, they just know how to have fun.
Please find our new Facebook page with the URL – https://www.facebook.com/brilliantbushadventures and give us a ‘Like’! Our older Facebook page is no longer managed as unfortunately we cannot access it due to quick and curious changes by the Facebook Team!
The RUBBER DUCKS and our FAMOUS DUCK DERBYS! What a hit with the kids and older kids alike and thank you to those guests who’ve sent in photos last year and this year which we’ll add to our website Gallery of guest memories. We’ve added a few to this page as well, with thanks to the contributors.
Swimming – our crystal clear creeks are so inviting in the hot summer weather
Yabbying and fishing in the creeks and dams. Kids its great fun to catch these creek morsels and they’re great to eat!
Bike riding through our fantastic flat areas and numerous trails (non motorised)
Kite flying (yay, bring your most amazing kite)
Goomburra Duck Derby – a premium event…. You’ll need a rubber duck with times advertised on the Website, Facebook and at the office. What a lot of fun that’ll be!
Bat and Ball Games …. huge amount of these
Creek Spotlighting at night…. if you haven’t done it you just can’t imagine how much fun it is
Mountain Bike trail riding.. (non motorized), through the Great Dividing Range
Rainforest Walks…. just like the Daintree – spectacluar, organic and changing all the time
Campfire crooning… a favourite option so bring your guitar
Reading… yes, who can beat a good book
PONY RIDING for the kids – EASTER TREAT (by arrangement)
CURRENT Gordon Country Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/brilliantbushadventures
Please give us a call on 07 46666179 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to enquire about booking.