Food and Wine
Today Jimbour combines the attractions of “Living History”, from its heritage-listed architecture and gardens, to a busy tourism destination.
Weddings, corporate and cultural events can be catered for in the historic surrounds.The sights and sounds of yesteryear are preserved alongside the activities of a working property producing fine beef, stud cattle and grain crops.
As originally taken up, Jimbour (initially comprising the runs of Jimbour, Coorangah and Cumkillenbar on the 1864 Darling Downs Squatting Map) was a huge property of some 311,000 acres and depasturing 250,000 sheep. In addition there were cattle and horses.
The final division of the Jimbour run came, ironically, during the tenure of Joshua Thomas Bell as Minister for lands, when the estate was repurchased by the Crown from the Queensland National Bank and subdivided. All that remained was a block of approximately 5000 acres, to which subsequent purchases of lands to the North and East have added a further 6,000 acres.
In recent years, cropping, grazing (originally sheep, but now cattle) and wine production have been the principal agricultural activites.