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' and 'Jaffa' the Red Australian Cattle Dogs, Tenterfield Terriers 'Chilli' & 'Kato', Call ducks 'Channing', 'Missy', 'Rolly', 'Ginger Meg', 'Egret', and 'Snow', and a flock of guinea fowls. From time to time we have baby animals as well. (Guinea Fowl keets, Puppies, and hopefully ducklings) We also stock different cattle from Brahmans, Doughtmasters, and Brangus steers. We have 8 Droughtmaster Steers at the moment.
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 dogs 'Chilli' 'Kato', 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.
'Chilli' the Tenterfield Terrier is our smallest dog. She is sooooo cute! She is now all grown up as pictured above and below. Our largest 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. 'Cash' the Tenterfield Terrier has now moved to Kairi as he is quite shy and not fond of crowds of people. He is being spoilt rotten. 'Kato' our 2nd Tenterfield Terrier is the son of 'Cash' and 'Chilli'. We also have a new addition 'Jaffa' the Red Australian Cattle dog as a mate for 'Bear'. 'Jaffa' is proving to be quite full on and is constantly playing with 'Kato'. 'Jaffa' is now a mum herself and has 7 puppies in the photo below.
'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. As you can see 'Chilli' is very protective of 'Kato' and 'Bear' gets a growl when he gets too close. He loves wrestling mum and playing with his teddies and balls. He is a very happy little puppy and is always wagging his tail just like his father 'Cash'.
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'.
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.
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.
'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.
It is like a little menagerie at times here at Barking Owl Retreat and the Guinea Fowls have also had babies. Believe it or not they often share nests and two females hatched 18 babies together. They are terrible parents though and that 18 went down to 0. We could have taken the babies off them and raised them, but we felt that is what nature intended Hopefully they won't lose any next time! We did help raise 7 keets (baby guinea fowls) although only 4 survived. We had to put them in a cage with a heat lamp till they were strong enough to live in the wild. They now graize with mum and dad and will have their own families one day soon.
Here 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. At certain times of the year you can also see kangaroos grazing in the early mornings and late afternoons in the paddocks and on the roadsides in to our property where you will also see bunny rabbits and Barn Owls at night.
Your 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
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