10 great holiday ideas from the Stroud Homes team

We’ve done a whip around the Stroud Homes team and have come up with our bumper list of things to do over the holday break.

1. Plant a tree or veggie garden

tomatoNot a green thumb? Try cherry tomatoes – they grow almost anywhere with no care and are a great addition to salad.

A tree: visit your local nursery they will help you choose a tree that suits the spot you have available. Take care to prepare the soil well, choose a tree that will not outgrow its location and not damage your house! A good nursery can advise you on these.

2.    Watch comedian Brian Regan on Youtube

This guy is one of our favourites. Good clean humour about life in general. Good for a laugh.

3. Try a new restaurant


Some of out favourites include:          

  • The Kalbar Pub: You’ll need to book in a few days ahead if you want to get a table at this unusually popular restaurant in the very small town of Kalbar (about 40 minutes south west of Ipswich in the beautiful Scenic Rim). Visit
  • Cafe 17: Although there are several good dining places in Boonah we recommend a wood fired pizza at Cafe’ 17.
  • The Railway Hotel in Beaudesert – Serves great meals, very friendly place. Visit:
  • The Mustering Yard Bar & Grill in Jimboomba, best steaks around and their garlic prawns are a must.

4.  Visit Stroud Homes Jimboomba office

STHO_officeDrop by our office and zoom in on your favourite Stroud Homes design on our 60 inch big screen. Have a look at LED lighting, display kitchen, bathroom, home inclusions and colour scheme boards. Pick up some brochures and FAQ’s for light reading over the holidays

Holiday opening hours

We will be open throughout the holidays except Monday 24th to Sunday the 30th of December and also closed on 1st January.

5.  Drives, walks and other activities

Get your New Year’s resolutions off to a head start with one of these vigorous activities!

Condamine Gorge

The trek ’14 River Crossings’ appropriately named after the 14 river crossings located across this track. This is a good track for the novice four wheel driver who are keen to try creek crossings. This track can be started at either end, from Boonah or past Queen Mary Falls at Killarney.

To commence the track from Boonah, start opposite the Police Station, travel out from Boonah along Rathdowny Road and turn right at Carney’s Creek Road. Travel out approximately 12 kilometres to cross Teviot Brook floodway and then turn right to The Head. The low road is Condamine Gorge. This track is only accessible when the weather is dry, take the high road when river is flowing.

From Killarney, turn left into Condamine Gorge just after the abattoir. During normal conditions the crossings of the Condamine River are relatively shallow. However, during wet weather the river will rise rapidly making it impassable.

Go cast netting and yabbying with the kids at Bribie Island 


Approximately an hour north of Brisbane, turn right off the Bruce Highway at Caboolture. Plenty of safe swimming for the kids. Pick up some fishing gear on the way from BCF at Caboolture and good luck fishing.

Visit the Tree Top Rainforest at Mount Tamborine


In a setting of 30 private acres of magnificent rainforest alongside a kilometer of tumbling creek and rookpools. A new eco-adventure exploring the beautiful rainforest canopies and habitat in a different and thrilling way.

Link for directions on how to get there:

Go to O’Reily’s Rainforest Retreat Hotel in Lamington National Park and hand feed the wild parrots 


For one hundred years, the O’Reily’s family has been welcoming visitors to their mountain home in World Heritage Lamington National Park. They pride themselves on providing a traditional, Australian hospitality experience in a spectacular natural setting where visitors escape from the everyday activities of daily life. Link for directions:

6.  Get up early and watch the sunrise from wherever you are

No kids to get off to school – no work to get to – set your alarm, get up early and watch the sunrise!


7.  Go cycling in Brisbane


Brisbane has many bikeways and bike paths for cyclists riding to work or cycling for fun or fitness. Find local bike path maps and bike tracks in your area.

8. Bake some Xmas pop cakes


These are all the rage, the kids will love these cakes on a stick

Follow these links for some great recipes:

9. Check out some of our favourite land developments



While you have some time why don’t you drive around and have a look at some of our favourite land developments around Brisbane.

Grandview Ridge 

Magnificent bush views, minutes away from Orion Shopping Centre and Greg Norman design Golf Course within walking distance. Contact  Jason Bool: 0477 669 000


The new flagship for Lend Lease in the Logan corridor centrally located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, perfect for the new family or first home buyers and investors.

Contact Kara Low: 0403 745 593

Teviot Downs

Teviot Downs is set amongst natural wildlife corridors, wooded landscapes and framed by picturesque mountain vistas, It offers a rare acreage lifestyle with modern conveniences on your doorstep. Teviot Downs is about serenity and freedom. It’s about nature and family and the sense of space. It’s about endless opportunities. Contact = Roger Schreck: 0411 159 088

Riverbend Estate

Is located in Jimboomba Valley, it’s a country way of life with city convenience and everything at your finger tips. Riverbend is probably acreage living’s best kept secret but won’t stay a secret forever so be quick!  It has 100 hectares or nearly one quarter of its total area designated to open bushland and river frontage. Riverbend is the only Acreage Development in the Jimboomba area with Full Fibre Optic Cable Internet/TV and Broadband Services! Contact Hans Bey: 0409 557 578.

Mundoolun Estate

Mundoolun is a residential acreage estate like no other. Each block offering its own unique characteristics, all of them having magnificent views across rolling country side and off towards the impressive Tamborine Mountain. Contact  Jan Cali: 0412 228 649 or Michael Thomas:0412 349 449


Beautiful little estate in the Logan corridor with that country feel, minutes from Logan Reserve, excellent for first home buyers and investors.

Contact  Tracie Findlay: 0411 528 259

Boonah Ridge / Bruckner Hill

This beautiful acreage estate is only minutes from the town of Boonah in the heart of the Scenic Rim. Block sizes range from 4000 to 5839sqm. The estate has town water, underground electricity and an estate covenant is in place. Contact  Jon King: 0409 051 008

Kalbar country

Prestigious blocks ranging from 900m²  to 3853m². Kalbar is in the Fassifern Valley with mountain views and within easy reach to Boonah, Ipswich & Brisbane. Contact Ron Scells: 0408 749 868

10. Call your Mum  (we had to make it to 10!)

If a new home is on your Christmas wish list, please come in and visit us over the Christmas period, your new home could be closer then you think with our 16 week or less build time – approval to handover.