There is a place they call Junjuddie Flat deep in the bush no more than a stone’s throw from Queensland’s iconic Carnarvon Gorge.
Junjuddie Flat is hidden away on the 8100ha cattle property, Saddler Springs, which forms one side of the Carnarvon Gorge.
It was here in the early 1990’s that former Queenslander of the Year, Lloyd Hancock, built an award winning eco-centre that played a vital role in the work of Youth Enterprise Trust – a respected charity helping disadvantaged youths that is still in operation today.
Under Mr Hancock’s management, Saddler Springs hosted year-round wilderness programs for young Australians who had fallen on hard times.
Select tourist groups were also welcomed to visit the working cattle property. Extra accommodation and dining facilities were built on Saddler Springs to accommodate visiting groups.
“Saddler Springs has hosted an amazing diversity of people over the years – the very wealthy to the most poor, black and white, a great many of Australia’s most senior leaders to the utterly homeless, the young and old,” he said.
Mr Hancock has now moved to put Saddler Springs on the market but said he hopes the next owners will recognise its potential.
He recalled first visiting Saddler Springs in the 1980s, climbing to its high country, and looking out over the tangle of cliffs, gorges, spurs and springs that help form the Carnarvon Ranges.
“I felt like I was seeing the country like the first person who ever stood up here did,” he said.
“There is no question this place has something special. There are a hell of a lot of testimonials out there.”
“It really is time for a new owner and energy, one we really hope loves this place as we do and the great many visitors who have already passed through over the years,” he said.
The owner is now seeking expressions of interest. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org