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Sneak Peek into region’s historical home

30 January 2018

Locals and visitors will be given the rare opportunity to tour the inside of Jimbour House during Big Skies 2018

Locals and visitors will be given the rare opportunity to tour the inside of Jimbour House during Big Skies 2018

The mystery surrounding one of our region’s most private historical homes is set to be revealed to a select few this May, with Russell Pastoral opening the doors of the grand Jimbour House for the first time in decades.

Patrons wanting to experience Jimbour Homestead in all its glory during the inaugural Big Skies Festival will be able to book an exclusive private guided tour of the House, with each tour capped at only 15 people.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst said it’s not every day you get the chance to peek inside the beautifully restored private home.

“There’s so much history and hidden tales packed into the Jimbour Homestead and to be able to walk the very halls of the house that our founding families once called home is incredibly special,” she said.

“These tours let you picture how it would have been for the Bell and Russell families living on the Jimbour Plains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“We can’t wait for locals and visitors to experience this unique piece of our region’s history and we thank the Russell family for offering these tours as part of our Big Skies festival.”

Russell Pastoral Company Chief Financial Officer, Paul Wilson said with Jimbour Station set to see an influx of visitors during the week-long festival, the Russell family wanted to give patrons a unique and memorable experience to take home.

“We had such a fantastic response to our guided tour giveaway as part of the Big Skies festival that we felt it fitting to give others a chance to experience a unique privately guided tour of the House,” he said.

“We’re very excited to be able to take people through and tell the story of what life was like living on Jimbour Station.

“At this stage we’re only offering five tours, but if we receive high interest we’ll be more than happy to give more people the opportunity to walk through the House.”

Priced at $20 per person, bookings are essential for the Jimbour House guided tours. Email admin@russellpastoral.com.au to book your spot.

For the full Big Skies festival program visit the website or follow the Facebook page.

Private guided tours will be conducted:

  • 4pm, Wednesday 2 May
  • 4pm, Thursday 3 May
  • 3pm, Friday 4 May
  • 10am, Sunday 6 May
  • 11am, Sunday 6 May

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