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Atherton Tablelands Accommodation
Farmstay Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Barking Owl Retreat Farm Stay Animals

Atherton Tablelands Farm stay accommodation Barking Owl Retreat is a 41 acre cattle fattening property pivately located at the end of a country road in Kairi on the Cairns Highlands. Our Farmstay is conveniently located just 6 minutes from Lake Tinaroo Dam, 10 minutes from Atherton, and a short drive from Yungaburra. Offering private luxury self contained cottages with the atmosphere of a Bed and Breakfast. And is home to a small heard of steers, farm dogs 'Bear' the Red Australian Cattle Dog, his son 'Diesel' the Blue Australian Cattle dog and 'Kato' the Tenterfield Terrier. Call ducks 'Channing', 'Rolly', 'Ginger Megs', 'Rosie', 'George', 'Samson', & 'Delilah',and a flock of guinea fowls. From time to time we have baby animals as well. (Guinea Fowl keets & Ducklings and in the past we bred Cattle dogs & Tenterfield Terriers) We also stock different cattle from Brahmans, Doughtmasters, and Brangus steers. From time to time the animals may change and you can keep up to date with photos etc on our Facebook Page.

Cows are such curious creatures!
Cattle sunset taken at the private Dam.

You can see the cows up close when they are fed molasses in their yards. Many guests have pointed out that it is so quiet and peaceful here on our property that you can actually hear the cows eating their grass! The Farm terrier 'Kato' will quite often chaperone our guests when they walk down to go fishing in the retreat's private Dam. The Call Ducks also ensure to greet all of the guests with their friendly quacks as they swim gracefully around the pond by the office amongst the wild Wood ducks and Mallards. And the guinea fowls dart around eating bugs in the gardens and paddocks all day.

Droughtmaster Steers

Our Brangus steers grazing by the dam

Droughtmaster steers enjoying  a feed in the wet season! Wet season property view from the Owl's Hollow.
Bear hogging the ball while he is having a pork chew! Who says big dogs can't beg! Bear has learnt to beg watching Neo.
Bear poking faces!

Diesel as a puppy

Katos mum Chilli at 7 weeks old

Diesel at age one

Bear the poser!
Handsome Cash staying still for a rare moment! This is Kato's dad.

Our oldest dog is 'Bear' the Australian Red Cattle Dog who we purchased from 'Cooroorah Australian Cattle Dog Breeders' in Childers, Queensland. 'Bear' is continually swimming in the pond at the house with the Ducks. 'Kato' our Tenterfield Terrier is the son of 'Cash' and 'Chilli' pictured above. Kato loves to sleep in baskets or on our shoes. 'Diesel' is our yougest largest dog! He is cheeky and ready to play ball at any chance he gets. See him with his brothers and sisters below. See their latest pics on our Facebook Page.

Diesel waiting for his ball

Diesel and his brothers and sisters

Kato in the shoe basket

Chilli with her baby boy Kato

'Kato' was 8 weeks old and cute as a button in these photos! He is named after the kung fu character in The Green Hornet. Being a very active little fella we think it suits him well. 'Chilli' lives on a farm with my mum and 'Cash' lives at a Tenterfield breeding farm in Kairi.

Kato is just as cute as mum was

Kato is growing up fast and is five and six months old in the pictures below. He is turning out to be a chip off the old block as he is so much like his dad 'Cash'.

Kato and chilli sleeping

Kato is six months old here

The Call ducks (Mini ducks) are just loving our pond and greet us at the front door in the mornings for breakfast. They even sneak in the carport some days.Call duck and wild wood duck

Call ducks at Barking Owl Retreat

Waiting for breakfast at the front door.

In June 2014 some pelicans dropped by the pond at the house and the Geese were not impressed! Below are a previous photo of our Chinese Goslings! So cute.

What to name them? send in your ideas!

'Kato' is shown snuggling with a newborn baby gosling. We put the gosling in with 'Chilli' and 'Kato' because it was left in the nest upside down cold and weak. So we got him warm from 'Kato' and 'Chilli's' body heat. 'Kato' got a bit playful when he woke up and he started to chew on his beak and little wings. So we took him inside the house with a hot water bottle for the day and released him that night just before dark. He was strong enough to go back with mum dad and 6 baby brothers and sisters.

Kato snuggling the baby gosling

Little Chook

George the duck

'Little Chook' the cute call duckling above was hatched by a chook. So 'he' who we thought was a 'she' for awhile was called 'George' and here he is above when we thought he was a girl. You see call ducks change colours and it can be very tricky to tell the difference. 'George' now has Blue wings and a green shiny head with a white ring around his neck and all his brown feathers have changed to light grey and his chest has changed to dark brown. He is very handsome indeed and you can see his transformation of our Facebook page. It is like a little menagerie at times here at Barking Owl Retreat and the Guinea Fowls have also had babies which are called Keets. They are quite hard to raise and we have to steal them off their mothers then raise them under a heat lamp for several weeks until they are strong enough to go outside.

Sooo cute...the little guinea fowl chicks

Proud parents with their chicks

A fat kangaroo in the 2010/2011 wet seasonHere at Barking Owl Retreat you wake to the sound of bird song and hopefully will also be lucky enough to hear the Barking Owl's soft wook-wook call as the sun sets. The photo below is a pair of Barking Owl's that have been heard most nights in winter 2011 and sometimes seen hunting around the duck pond near the house. In the dryer seasons you can also see kangaroos grazing in the early mornings and late afternoons in the paddocks and on the roadsides in to our property. At times you can also see Bunny Rabbits, Barking Owls, and Barn Owls at night on the road into Barking Owl Retreat.


Barking Owl Retreat farmstay: Barking owl pair spotted hunting around the duck pond

Two of the guinea fowls
The flock grazing in the gardens
Atherton Tablelands Accommodation Barking owl Retreat's Dingos' Lair cottage


Hosts Chris & Tanya Bassford
409 Hough Rd, Po Box 85,
Kairi, Atherton Tablelands,
Cairns Highlands
Far North Queensland,
4872, Australia
Phone/Fax 07 4095 8455
International +61 7 4095 8455
Mobile 0407 695 685
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