Stockyard Creek is totally removed from the outside world. It is a unique property completely surrounded by State Forest on the doorstep of the Alpine National Park. When you come, be prepared to experience the lifestyle our pioneers lived and worked in. The small exception is that sections of the original selectors’ homestead are complemented by a comfortable living area containing a large open fireplace and commercial gas stove as well as a gas fridge. A gas barbecue is provided out on the deck. There is a turbine using water from the creek and the lake which provides basic low voltage lighting for the Old Homestead and there are three flush toilets and three showers.
The property lends itself to families or clubs or other groups having a weekend get-together. The Homestead is basic, comfortable, rustic. You will have exclusive use of the property for your stay.
Be prepared for the joys of birdsong and the creek rushing by as your only entertainment. Accommodation arrangements include bunkrooms, some separate double rooms and plenty of places swags.
Guests self cater and bring their own bedding and towels or arrangements can be made for linen and/or meals to be provided.
Stockyard Creek continues to be totally removed from the outside world. Be prepared to experience the lifestyle our pioneers lived and worked (with at least a few modern convinces thrown-in…)
This historic bush homestead lies just off the Howqua Track, in the Howqua Valley, on a 420 acre Mountain Cattleman’s working farm surrounded by native forest. It’s a farm with views deep into the Alpine National Park.
The Howqua River was used as a major trade and war route across the Great Dividing Range for the Aborigines. The Howqua and Stockyard valleys are comprised of the famous Cambrian greenstone, prized by the Aborigines for many centuries for manufacturing spearheads, stone axes and cutting tools. During the late 19th century extensive gold mining was carried out.
Jasper and other semi precious stones can be found in the valleys and talc was mined for some years near Fred Fry’s.
The Yowen illiam Bulluk Clans people of the Taungurung Tribe were the first miners in the Howqua Valley. They not only mined green stone, but travelled from here up the Howqua Valley to the High Plains for trade, food sources such as Bogong Moth and ceremony. During this time disputes between different Tribes would be dealt with by the Elders of the Clans, and at times punishments would be administered.
Forbears of the Stoneys selected land at the junction of the Goulburn and Howqua Rivers in 1864. Eadley Stoney ran cattle on the Bluff from early 1940 and was friends with Jack Ware whose family selected Stockyard Creek and who also ran cattle on the Bluff. Mt. Eadley Stoney on the Bluff Range was named for Eadley after he died. Stockyard Creek was the home for Stoney’s High Country Adventure Alpine Tours and then horse rides, for more than 20 years. It is still widely and affectionately known as Stockyard.
The Howqua Track heads south-east from Merrijig to the Howqua Hills Historic Area, commonly known as ‘Sheepyard’ or ‘Fry’s’ where nowadays campers fill the river flats, especially during the summer months.
Aboriginal land management practices for thousands of years had meant that river flats were good grazing country. They were grassy with shade trees dotting them and so Sheepyard, being the largest river flat, was where shepherds in the 1850’s would yard their sheep at night.
Fry’s is called for the Fry family who were original settlers in the district during and directly after the gold mining era. Fred Fry built his hut during the 1940’s using his horses and chains to pull the beams of the steep roof into place. Both Fred Fry and the owner of Stockyard Creek, Jack Ware, were known for their bush building skills and there are several of their structures in the area.
Stockyard has now been owned by the Stoney’s since the mid sixties. It is a remote and beautiful place. The property was a staging point for the Stoney’s cattle on their way to Summer grazing on the Bluff High Plains from Mansfield. A different mob of Hereford cattle graze the property Stockyard and the adjoining “Narboorac” lease. This mob of cattle is historically significant as the genetic line can be traced back to cattle owned and grazed on leases by the Ware family 100 years ago.
- One big bunkhouse with 13 beds (some double)
- A “cattlemen’s bunkhouse” with 4 single beds, and a second room with a queen bed and a single trundle bed
- Three additional separate bedrooms, two with double beds with trundle, one with two king singles and one double-bunk.
- 3 x Toilets
- 3 x Showers
- Native Fauna including Wombats, Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypus, Kookaburras, Mudlarks and Wedge-Tail Eagles, etc.
- Homestead overlooks lake, aside stockyard creek, shaded by large european trees within the homestead grounds.
- Household Led Lighting powered by onsite water-turbine providing eco-friendly lighting throughout the homestead property.
- Hot Water provided by small Wood-Fire (Limitless Hot-Water, providing the fire is going)
- Outdoor fire-place and surrounding seating area suitable for fires throughout the year (excluding fire-ban days).
- All wood provided by local timbers, sourced on-property
Stockyard Creek has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.