HISTORY

Adels Grove

The property of Adels Grove occupies an area of some 30 hectares (80 acres) and extends from Lawn Hill Creek at one end to Louie Creek at the other. It was originally gazetted in 1904 as a Miners Homestead Lease. In 1920 Albert de Lestang took up the property as an experimental Botanical Garden (hence the name “Adel” arose from Albert’s initials). Albert planted many species of trees and shrubs and supplied the Botanical Gardens of the world with the seeds produced by his nursery.

The Botanical Gardens in Brisbane still has 536 different samples of seeds sent to them by Albert, held in their collection. It is said by those locals who knew Albert that it was indeed a most beautiful botanic garden.

Albert had a building complex that incorporated living quarters, a shop, a storeroom and an office. A corrugated iron workshop was a part of that complex and he also made much use of a post and rail lean-to with paperbark roofing. Post and rail fences (all painted white) as well as hitching rails and stone lined pathways complemented the layout.

In the early 1950s a fire swept through the grove while Albert was absent (some say deliberately lit), destroying everything including his dwelling and trunk containing all of his research papers. By this time Albert de Lestang was in his early seventies and having lost his building complex, all of his written records of plants and their hybrids, his stores and a large percentage of the planted Grove he succumbed shortly thereafter to great depression and broken spirit. Albert’s last years were spent in a Charters Towers nursing home, where he died in 1959 at the age of 75, most probably broken-hearted. A very sad end to what must have been a magnificent project spanning many years and a hell of a lot of effort in an isolated and difficult environment.

The camping ground now known as Adels Grove was opened in 1984 and purchased by the current owners including the resident Managers Rod and Michelle Low Mow.

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Who wants to come and explore our wonderful backyard? 🌴💦💚 We don’t get much luckier then here at #adelsgrove

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3 days ago

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Nothing like enjoying a cool beverage in our ‘bar under the stars’ after a day of exploring the wonders that are Adels Grove and Boodjamulla National Park 🥂🌟

Opened last night our temporary outdoor bar was extremely popular... with guests from Outback Spirit Tours also welcomed
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4 days ago

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A big shout out this morning to a few of the organisations who have been assisting our amazing staff to get everything back in tip-top shape after recent events...

The wonderful team from Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia who are out doing a special clinic kindly brought along a new comprehensive medical chest, medical supplies and a defibrillator to replace those that were lost in the fire.

BCF Mount Isa who donated a fantastic esky to help keep supplies nicely chilled.

And the caring ladies from the Gregory CWA who brought our staff some delicious home-made smoko and magazines.

While we work on new plans for our reception and restaurant space we remind everyone that provided you are self-sufficient with food and drink supplies we are business as usual (Note- washing machines currently not available)

For bookings PLEASE CALL on 0747485502

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7 days ago

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Anyone up for a paddle through the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park?

Fun for the whole family the National Park is just 10 short minutes down the road from Adels Grove

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1 week ago

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Phones have now been restored following the fire in our reception building; if you’d like to book don’t go through our website just yet but give us a call on 0747485502 ☎️

In true Outback Queensland-style all of our tours from Cruise Lawn Hill Gorge, to Sunset on Harry’s Hill are also back up and running.

Filtered fresh water (not treated), petrol and diesel and power and amenities in the camp grounds are all also restored so provided you are self-sufficient with food and drinks it’s all systems go up here at Adels and we look forward to welcoming you soon 🌴💚

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With power restored to our fuel bowsers the team were jumping for joy today when Puma arrived to replenish supplies⛽️🙌🏼 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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If you’re with us at Adels Grove tonight and keen to watch “Queensland” take out the State of Origin rugby league grand final many of our staff and campers will be screening the game on their TV’s around the camp grounds so feel free to bring your camp chair and cheer on your favourites 🏉 ... See MoreSee Less

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