Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Bell Bijou is a lovingly restored sandstone bakery building in a beautiful small country town in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains. Built in 1912, it has weathered a century of the ups and downs of these once vibrant rural areas of Australia. Now, with lots of TLC she enters her second century as a small haven for friends visiting with a wish to explore the best of our region. We have built a new cottage at the rear, with modern shower/WC/kitchen facilities as well as our own living space.
The Aussie Bush has many local events occurring throughout the year - from camel races to horse races, camp drafts to country markets, opera to art exhibitions. We have a historic railway station, Popey's shed full of the machinery of yester year and endless wonderful walking with views of the Bunya Mountains in the distance. Or drive to the Bunya Mountains - only about half an hour and you'll be in another magic world of the unique micro-climate which attracts migratory species from across the globe.
Bell has a wonderful small golf course right in town, the sensational Pips'n'Cherries cafe and our Catholic Church has just celebrated its 100th birthday and is famous for its beautiful murals inside and the biblical garden showcasing local artists. The new Bell Bunya Community centre has a permanent display of art works by the locals - who have set a long standing tradition of artistic excellence.
The historic Jimbour House is just 15 minutes drive away, Bunya Mountains half an hour away. The Bellview Hotel is right next door and provides great meals with a real country flair.
So much to do and see - as much as you like, or as little as you like. Perfect for a group of friends - either by motor bike or car - you'll find a wonderful haven at Bell Bijou.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mooloolaba 300 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||37 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Queensland region
The Western Downs region is a picturesque rural area only about 3 hours from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast. We are part of the lush 'black soil country' of the downs - home to cotton, cattle, grain and sheep. A superb microclimate with the Bunya Mountains as the backdrop. An important historical part of SE Queensland - there is no shortage of things to see and do and places to go. Unlike further west - where the driving distances are much further - in our region you can spend a couple of days or a week doing short driving hops to no shortage of rural attractions. From Toowoomba to Dalby, Kingaroy to Jandowae, Oakey to Chinchilla and all places in between - every area has its festival, race day, annual show and a multitude of events. You can spend weeks and never be bored.
Bell is a picturesque small town approximately 40 km north of Dalby and 70 km south of Kingaroy. For those who love a map - if you were to draw a straight line from Caboolture (north of Brisbane on the Coast) you would run smack into beautiful Bell. We have an altitude of approximately 500 metres - in the past it was a popular weekend train journey from Brisbane to Bell, then a bus to the Bunyas - to escape the summer swelter on the Coast. Unfortunately, the railway is a beautiful historical monument opposite The Bijou where you can sit and dream of days gone by - but you can certainly still enjoy the cooler atmosphere. The Bellview Hotel is famous for its sensational drinks on the deck to watch the sunset and then a great country pub meal. Pips'n'Cherries cafe offers some of the best country coffee/cakes/lunches for miles around. The Bell Catholic Church is a joy to behold as the strong Bell art community has breathed new life into the premises with the murals inside and the magic biblical garden now evolving outside - recently placed on the Open Garden register, it is becoming a wonderful attraction for our town. You can wander our historic railway station, check the rolling stock lovingly cared for and visit Popey's shed (in honour of Arthur Pope, its custodian). No shortage of memory blasts as you remember those old machines.
We have a fantastic 9 hold country golf course - very well patronised. Throughout the year we start with our race meeting in January, our show and rodeo in February, then on to camel races, art exhibitions, camp drafts, moto-X weekends - no shortage of things to do.
But best of all - you can do as little as lay in front of the fire in winter, read a book, enjoy some bracing walks in the countryside and simply BREATHE.
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