The property of Adels Grove Queensland occupies an area of some 30 hectares (80 acres). It 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. The name “Adel” arose from Albert’s initials. Albert planted many species of trees and shrubs. He also 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. 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. 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, complimented the layout.
In the early 1950s, a fire swept through the grove while Albert was absent (some say deliberately lit). The fire destroyed everything including his dwelling and trunk containing all of his research papers. By this time Albert de Lestang was in his early seventies and had lost his building complex. He also lost his written records of plants and their hybrids and his stores. A large percentage of the planted Grove was also destroyed. He succumbed shortly thereafter to great depression and a broken spirit.
Albert’s last years were spent in a Charters Towers nursing home. He died there in 1959 at the age of 75, probably from a broken heart. A very sad end to what must have been a magnificent project spanning many years. He had put in 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. It was purchased by the current owners including the resident Managers Rod and Michelle Low Mow.
There is a wide range of accommodation types available, including:
This option is available in one of our air-conditioned rooms. All beds, linen, pillows and towels are provided. All rooms have lighting and a bedside table. No Ensuite – Shared Facilities.
Equipped with reverse cycle air conditioning, a king single bed, linen, pillows and towel, an ensuite, fridge, desk and storage space and interconnecting timber decking areas, the Outback ensuite rooms offer great comfort. Available for room hire only or with a dinner and breakfast package.
Equipped with reverse cycle air conditioning, a fridge, queen or twin beds, linen, pillows and towels, storage space, an ensuite and interconnecting timber decking areas the Eucalyptus ensuite rooms offer all the comforts of home. Available for room hire only or with a dinner and breakfast package.
This option is accommodation in one of our air-conditioned bunkhouse rooms with beds, linen, pillows and towels supplied. All rooms have lighting and a fridge and accommodate up to 6 people. Cooking is available on one of our wood BBQ’s, or at the shared camp kitchen amenities.
If you are wanting to camp but don’t want the hassle of putting up a tent this is for you. Our pre-erected tents have beds, linen, pillows and towels, bedside tables and 12-volt lighting. An outside table and chairs are provided. A small fire place and tap is provided for your use.
This accommodation is in one of our pre-erected tents with all beds, linen, pillows and towels provided. All tents have an outside table and chairs, bedside tables and 12-volt lighting is available. River Tents are situated on beautiful Lawn Hill Creek with amazing water views from the front of the tent.
For full information on accommodation, please contact Adels Grove directly.
Where: Lawn Hill Road, Lawn Hill, QLD 4830
Phone: (07) 4748 5502