George Clooney and family quarantining at Mount Robertson Farm in the Southern Highlands, NSW


When George Clooney entered Fortress Australia, he and his glamorous family were whisked directly to a quarantine set up like no other.

While everyday returning Aussies are holed up in government-run hotels in capital cities, the Clooney clan were granted an exemption to hunker down at one of the most exclusive residences NSW has to offer.

The A-Lister is in town for just two weeks and will spend the entirety of his NSW stay at Mount Robertson Farm before flying north to warmer climates with fellow Hollywood heavyweight Julia Roberts.

There they will film rom-com Ticket to Paradise.   

The backdrop of paradise in the film will be Queensland’s Whitsundays, but the Clooney’s current digs in NSW would certainly be considered paradise to families holed up in tiny, windowless quarantine hotels.

When George Clooney entered Fortress Australia, he and his glamorous family were whisked directly to a quarantine set up like no other. Pictured: George and Amal Clooney enjoying the sun during quarantine last week

When George Clooney entered Fortress Australia, he and his glamorous family were whisked directly to a quarantine set up like no other. Pictured: George and Amal Clooney enjoying the sun during quarantine last week

While everyday returning Aussies are holed up in government-run hotels in capital cities, the Clooney clan were granted an exemption to hunker down at one of the most exclusive residents NSW has to offer

While everyday returning Aussies are holed up in government-run hotels in capital cities, the Clooney clan were granted an exemption to hunker down at one of the most exclusive residents NSW has to offer

The A-Lister is in town for just two weeks and will spend the entirety of his NSW stay at Mount Robertson Farm (pictured) before flying north to warmer climates with fellow Hollywood heavyweight Julia Roberts

The A-Lister is in town for just two weeks and will spend the entirety of his NSW stay at Mount Robertson Farm (pictured) before flying north to warmer climates with fellow Hollywood heavyweight Julia Roberts

Boasting sweeping views, rainforest themed dining, theatre and a billiards room, Mount Robertson farm has become a Hollywood hideaway in the hills of the Southern Highlands in rural NSW.

Set in a remote part of town with expansive grounds and manicured gardens, the sprawling property is somewhat of a fortress within Fortress Australia. 

Armed guards patrol the outer grounds while chefs, waiters, housekeepers and minders go about their work inside, members of the Clooneys essential travel bubble. 

The palatial property was once owned by millionaire property developer John Boyd and his wife Marly, who is 40 years his junior.

The couple, who have been married since 2012 and share three children, often shared sweet family snaps at the home, which was used as their family weekender. 

Mr Boyd has eight children from a previous marriage, and three with Marly. 

Clooney is staying in the estate with his wife and children (pictured right, with Clooney left)

Clooney is staying in the estate with his wife and children (pictured right, with Clooney left)

The palatial property was once owned by millionaire John Boyd and his wife Marly (pictured together), who is 40 years his junior. Mr Boyd is a father of 11 kids, while he and Marly share three children

The palatial property was once owned by millionaire John Boyd and his wife Marly (pictured together), who is 40 years his junior. Mr Boyd is a father of 11 kids, while he and Marly share three children

Set in a remote part of town with expansive grounds and manicured gardens, the sprawling property is somewhat of a fortress within Fortress Australia

Set in a remote part of town with expansive grounds and manicured gardens, the sprawling property is somewhat of a fortress within Fortress Australia

Mount Robertson Farm can now be booked for weddings, business functions and has even been used as a filming location. 

Marly once described the holiday home as ‘heaven’, revealing her family would often escape their lives on the Northern Beaches to enjoy the serenity of the grounds.

The homestead was built of sandstone extracted from an old church in Glebe and is described as a ‘long, low masterpiece built into the crest of a hill’.

‘Flanked by two high ceiling wings, the house follows the contours of the land and with its wide floor-to-ceiling glass, cedar trim and sandstone it is the perfect example of ‘organic architecture’,’ a profile of the home states.

The main bedroom features two separate toilets and a shower, while an extensive servants’ quarters is located beneath the mansion with a fully-functioning kitchen and bedroom.

The grounds can accommodate choppers for easy access to and from the city

The grounds can accommodate choppers for easy access to and from the city

Marly once described the holiday home as 'heaven', revealing her family would often escape their lives on the Northern Beaches to enjoy the serenity of the grounds

Marly once described the holiday home as ‘heaven’, revealing her family would often escape their lives on the Northern Beaches to enjoy the serenity of the grounds

The main lounge overlooks the expansive greenery while the dining room is decorated like a rainforest. The home includes a hunting lodge, billiards room and theatre. 

The grounds can accommodate choppers for easy access to and from the city.

Despite how much they loved the home, Boyd family sold up in 2018 to the Malouf family for $9 million.

They reportedly decided to part with the property after finishing their new build in Palm Beach, saying they weren’t spending as much time in the Southern Highlands as they would have liked.  

The couple, who have been married since 2012 and share three children, often shared sweet family snaps at the home, which was used as their family weekender

The couple, who have been married since 2012 and share three children, often shared sweet family snaps at the home, which was used as their family weekender

On Friday, 60-year-old Clooney, his barrister wife Amal, 43, their two children Ella and Alexander and a team of staff flew in to Australia and were taken straight to the home to begin their quarantine period.

They must spend two weeks in the home before they’re allowed to travel on to Queensland, where Clooney is due to begin two months of filming in November. 

George and Julia will play a divorced couple who travel to Bali in a desperate bid to stop their daughter, played by Kaitlyn Dever, from getting married.

The movie will be filmed entirely in Queensland, with the picturesque Whitsundays doubling for Bali.

Other filming locations include the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and the production is expected to generate $47million for the Australian economy and create more than 270 jobs.

George, Amal and their children jetted into Sydney Airport last Friday night under heavy guard

George, Amal and their children jetted into Sydney Airport last Friday night under heavy guard

The project received a $6.4million grant from the federal government’s Location Incentive Program and has a release date of October 21, 2022.

While the longtime friends have worked with each other on several major projects, including Ocean’s Eleven and Money Monster, it will be their first film together in Australia.  

George, Amal and their children jetted into Sydney Airport last Friday night under heavy guard.

They were met by a team of ADF personnel and airport staff who ushered them into waiting SUVs under the cover of umbrellas. 

Two more cars were loaded with the family’s luggage and entourage.      



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