a visit to Begonia

Begonia is a 14000 acre beef producing property on the Maranoa River in south western Queensland.  It is around 75 kilometres from St George on the road to Mitchell. Begonia was one of the earliest properties settled in the area with the historic and gracious homestead being over 100 years old.

It is a tough and sometimes cruel country out there.  The landscape, climate and the Maranoa can be your friend or your foe.

After 10 long years of drought, the rains filled the Maranoa to its highest recorded level on the property in 2012. The historic Begonia Homestead was  inundated for the first time in its 100 years.  Eighteen months on, there are just a few pools of water remaining in the Maranoa and rain is desperately needed.  Such are challenges of living and farming in the south west of Queensland.

It is also a beautiful country.  The skies are big at Begonia with bold bright sunrises and sunsets.  Wildlife is active by day and night. The 800 or so cattle (and wild goats too) are about but are spread far and wide across the 14000 acres.

Take a long late afternoon walk, build a campfire or go bird watching by the Maranoa. You will come away rested after breathing in fresh air and exploring a working farm dappled with relics of the past.

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