Machans Beach Bed and Breakfast is the most well thought through B&B I have ever seen,first of all it is located on the beachfront that has incredible views to the Coral Sea where visitors can enjoy watching the boats,dolphins,birds,sunrise and moon on the water whilst eating a tropical breakfast or drinks on the deck.
This B&B has every luxury you can think of,it has a large double size bedroom with an ensuite plus a big clawfoot bath in an attached private courtyard where you can have a very romantic or relaxing bath while you sip on champagne. If you don't want a shower or bath then head out to the tropical swimming pool set in the delightful garden with orchids
The furnishings and decor is a must see and the quality is second to none,it also has air con,fans,and fly screens for your comfort.
Guests have a private entrance, free wifi and laundry facilities,an undercover car parking if you have a hire car, the bus stop is only 4 minutes walk and also two restaurants in the area.The accommodation is spotlessly clean and only 8 minutes from Cairns airport and 10 minutes to Cairns city..Tour buses will pick you up and drop you off and you can book tours through the very welcoming host Gabrielle Gelly.
Machans Beach has that relaxed village atmosphere with no highrises or other accommodation so I believe this is really unique especially right on the beachfront. It is attached to the main beautiful Queensland cottage and you can't miss it because it is a purple/plum shade with a purple elephant statue at the gate.
Apart from listening to the waves lapping on the foreshore the decor and quality of the linen,and bath products are simply the best.The lounge area has a TV screen and DVD suited for the room and the kitchen area has every thing you need to prepare a simple meal..fridge,microwave etc.
The fabulous tropical breakfast basket has muesli,fruit juice,a savoury platter,tropical fruit platter,home made bread & tea and coffee..the selection of teas are in a beautiful old wooden tea box and home made cookies to eat whenever you like.it was one of the many delights of this B&B & if you want ( a full cooked breakfast can be ordered ) You can order take away meals from the Thai Cafe and eat it whilst watching the sunset from the deck..
The pure organic bath,hair and skin products need to be used to believe such a beautiful product is available,Gabrielle told me she sources them from 'My Gypsy Child' which is a Cairns based company that only deals in organic locally made products and with the soft bath towels and robes for your use that make this B&B a romantic,relaxing and special place to stay and better than most of the hotels I have stayed in.Great for honeymooners or those who love to be spoiled.
The price is for two people ( a couple) or a single ( single rates are catered for) you can also negotiate prices if you stay longer.Top value because you get all those delightful hidden extras.
Two people ..$150 per night ( works out $75 per person ) and $132..per night for a single person (two night minimum.)
My in-laws stayed here in Feb 2012 and could not speak highly enough about their stay.
I found them this accomodation because it is close by to where I live and it suited them being away from the mainstream of Cairns.
The B&B has only 3 guest rooms all spotlessly clean and all with their own entrances,well equipped with a bar fridge,air cons and fans..the beds and linen are immaculate and the rooms have lots of Teddy bears and little plaques hanging on the walls.It was origionally called The Teddy Bear Cottage.
It is located at the end of the street next to a salt water creek so you will hear the frogs and lots of birds in the tropical setting.
The mosquito prevention is well looked after with lots of citronella oil candels and flares through out the area.
The service is fantastic where you will be picked up and dropped off at the airport.The managers welcome you with fresh brewed coffee or tea served with warm muffins & cream & ice cream.
They will show you places to go and can arrange tours for you.
A small private pool and a BBQ area is available plus the undercover area where you can cook,relax and have your breakfast is just ideal.
It is within walking distance to the Centenary Lakes and the Botanical gardens.
They also provide off street parking and only a short stroll from the nearest bus stop.
So if you are looking for some where different with unique touches and great service I would recommend this place to you.
The welcome my in-laws and myself received was so genuine.
The coffee and fresh baked muffins served with fresh cream and ice cream on arrival was a nice touch.The breakfast was great.not only all the selection of cereals,juices,fruits and conserves but add on the eggs,sausages and bacon served with freshly brewed coffee and pots of tea then it became a feast.
The garden is a delight with cosy little nooks strategically placed for those who wish to be private.
A garden gate leads onto a track that takes you along the saltwater creek.
The under cover eating area is a great place to unwind after a busy day sightseeing.
The entire B&B is spotless I was unable to fault it.
The Grand Hotel was built in 1926 and typical of the old pubs around Australia it has a wide veranda for the 'sleeping' guests to sit on,cool off or keep dry.All accomodation is 'backpacker'
style and costs $20 per person per night.
It is a clean pub and has recently been refurbished.
It has a dining room, undercover outdoor eating area,a great bar and outdoor drinking and smoking places.
They have live entertainment at night and can get a bit noisy.
The Cairns Railway Station used to be directly opposite and that was moved further away for the now Cairns Central shopping Centre --the station is on the other side of the centre and you can walk through the car park to access it.
It's a good old style pub to hang out for awhile and I have been told the rooms are clean.
I love how you can sit at one of the windows and people watch whilst enjoying a cold beer or a pub squash as a quench thirster.
The 'sleeping' guests can also people watch from the upstairs veranda.
It is well located and an easy flat walk and distance to all that Cairns has to offer.It is right across the road from Cairns Central Shopping Centre that has a food court and supermarkets for supplies and other shopping,a movie complex, the local bus stop and a walk through to Cairns Railway Station makes it a convenient location.
The Cape York Hotel has very very basic accomodation and is mostly used by males from the bush.I would not recommend it to females as it is known to get a bit 'rough around the bar area'. The rooms are mainly shared,they are mediocre but are clean.The bathrooms are shared.They have single,double and twin rooms.
The bar has a real country pub feel about it and still has the original tiled smoking trough where smokers could throw their butts in.
The bar room has a pool table and a small pokies room off the main public area.
They also have live entertainment on Sundays in the Pandemonium Room.
Tables and chairs with a smoking area grace the footpath outside the pub.
So if you don't want anything fancy or you want to have a good time with the regulars/locals then check the pub out.
They also have a dining room with home cooked 'Pub Grub'.
Facilities are very basic but clean.The wide veranda upstairs is a relaxing place to sit after a hectic day and the bedrooms all have doors leading out to it.
The pool,BBQ and Jukebox are all in need of a makeover.
Plenty of parking. It is a very noisy hotel but the owner/manager Gayle Scowcroft welcomed me and showed me around and allowed me to take photo's.So even though I did not stay here I was able to chat with a couple of guests (all males) who did,they said "it is a good home away from home place to lay down and rest after having a good time" "All I have to do is crawl up the stairs and hit the sack""Good tucker""Gayle is terrific for an old girl"
The Lakes Resort and Spa is situated in North Cairns, it is close to transport and is next door to the beautiful walkways around Centenary Lakes and a short stroll to the Flecker Botanical Gardens.
The units/apartments are for owners to live in or holiday letting.
The gardens,swimming pools and public areas are beautifully maintained and management are very cordial to guests.
I have not stayed overnight here but the manager on duty allowed me access to the main grounds and answered all my questions about the resort.
Beautifully kept grounds and pools.
Situated in the Lakes and the Botanic garden area with strolls along the tropical pathways.
A shuttle bus takes guests to and from the resort to Cairns CBD and they also have cycles for hire.
Because it is not far from where I live,I can garantee you will wake up to the sounds of many different species of birds.Watch out for the blue winged butterflys and the tiny little sunbirds that birdwatchers from around the world come to see.
Hello again.These agents might help you find short term accomodation in Cairns.
ACE Real Estate Cairns--
Cairns real estate agents offering short term leases for apartments /houses.
Cairns is only 4 blocks in any direction--City Place is in the middle and only a stroll to the Esplanade.
Southern Cross Atrium Apartments is 4 star accommodation.It is near the Cairns Central Shopping Centre--within walking distance to the Esplanade--has a bus stop acroos the road.
Address-- 3-11 Water Street,Cairns
Ph (area code) 07 40802700
Most have views but you may need to ask.
If you go into the website cairns.com.au/accommodation--it will show you all the apartments available.
Yes we have a factory outlet DFO situated on the bus route at Westcourt,approx 4 klms from the city centre.
Hope this helps.
These apartments are central to the main city centre,restaurants,bars,waterfront dining and the Cairns swimming lagoon on the esplanade.
The apartments are self contained and are centred around tropical gardens and resort pool.
24 hour check in is available.
Pullmans Cairns International Hotel..they also own the Pullmans Casino
So thank you to VT member tropicrd for letting me know this hotel has changed its name back again to International....see below when it became The Sebel
Well I certainly would highly recommend this hotel. A beautiful dining area, high tea served in the lounge, a ballroom, staircase, flowers in the hall.
Our room had a beautiful harbour view and I loved the the way the colours chosen to decorate just 'came together'.
My only niggle is the small charges which were not in keeping with the tone of the hotel. It cost extra for a newspaper to be delivered to the room..and the internet in the business centre was as expensive as any I have used.
All the staff were pleasant and helpful though and the concierge especially efficient.
Again what is unique?...something you will not find anywhere else in the world. So maybe not unique but the decor was so in keeping with the style and background of the Sebel Hotel which was once The Cairns International (and according to V T Member Colin_Bramso the best hotel in Cairns).
It was the 'nearest to perfect' I have seen. The photos I took just do not do it justice.
Now look at the photos and see if you are amused by the gold plated signs I noticed on the lobby level of the hotel.
I find price a difficult one. Prices vary with seasons...with specials. This hotel is, however, not a budget hotel but quite a classy lady.
And I am just waiting for a chance to go back and check out any changes..
The Reef hotel is very nice and the rooms look like they're well taken care up and updated regularly. We had a Deluxe Waterview Room with a King Bed that was very spacious and very clean. The staff at the hotel was very helpful and courteous. I would definitely stay here again if I'm lucky enough to ever go back to Cairns!
A great place to stay in and enjoy the restaurants and casino or as a jumping off point to see the sights in Cairns.
Rate was about $135 a night USD
Of course when the fellas joined me after their 4 day hike, they weren't to pleased with staying at the backpackers. I assured them it had camping sites! ....haha. Imagine the look of their faces, after I said that!! ....They'd just been roughing it camping for 4 days on Hinchinbrook lol ;o)
Well we decided to stay at the Hides Hotel on Hides Corner right in town. Zig had stayed there before and assured us it was good value..... well it was the breakfast on the verandah included in the price that finally persueded me :o)
I recommend it for the position right in town. It has underground parking. Breakky was nice on the verandah and on the whole, good value for your buck! :o)
I spent 4 nights in Cairns in July 08 and stayed at Billabong B&B & absolutely loved it. This place is unique as it is on an Island,entirely surrounded by a gorgeous Lake totally private in pristine perfect natural surroundings. It is glorious and I saw the photos on the internet before I arrived and was impressed but they do not & cannot do the surroundings justice, you cannot capture all of this in a photo. Apart from the wonderful surroundings the breakfasts were the best I have had on my trip, highly creative & varied every morning and the hosts Vicky & Ted were extremely helpful, knowledge of the area and friendly. Billabong is near Cairns only 15 minutes and you can walk to the beach & the restaurants. The small cafe right on the beach is the most divine setting for a drink or two.
The outstanding natural setting of this gorgeous property was the highlight for me.
We stayed for nearly two weeks and had a flawless experience. The on-site hosts, Tony and Kim, were friendly and helpful without being intrusive, the rooms were well-maintained and cleaned, and the location is perfect - you can walk into town easily, yet you have the luxury of Muddy's Playground across the road.
Awesome on-site hosts, huge rooms with gorgeous furnishings, top-notch fittings and fixtures - everything you need to feel pampered. The location is perfect for families; right across the road from Muddy's Playground, an absolutely awesome free public playground with water play, forts, and heaps of other activities for kids. We visited the playground every day for nearly two weeks and the kids still found new things to play with.
The layout of the rooms is much more like one would anticipate in a generous-sized live-in apartment; it doesn't feel remotely cramped or hotel-like. The generous balconies offer spectacular 180 degree views, from the rainforested mountains to the north through 180 degrees of ocean, down to the rainforested mountains to the south. Absolutely spectacular.
Anybody would love this luxurious accommodation; but for families with kids under 10, it's particularly ideal due to its location and amenities.
it may seem cheap to stay there ($14/ night, mixed dorm), but air-conditioning is charged by the hour ($1 for 3hrs) and 4 people are cramped into a tiny room. only 4 bathrooms/ toilets for each floor to be shared by at least 10 rooms.
accessible and close to night markets, but all the other hostel/ backpackers' are within walking distance anyway so it's not that great an incentive to stay there.
Very spacious and luxuriously appointed accommodation in a fantastic position. Ideal for long stays, has everything you could want. Magnificent ocean and mountain views. Friendly on-site management (Tony and Kim). Broadband, satellite TV. Up-to-the-minute contemporary design with stainless steel appliances, reconstituted stone benchtops etc.
Positioned ideally for families, opposite an amazing public playground and water park.
My most recent visit to Cairns was to see my parents who were staying there for a few weeks on their way up north. My parents are nomads - they are retired and caravan around Australia permanently. So when I visited, it was easiest for me to stay close by - in an onsite cabin at the caravan park they were staying in.
Crystal Cascades Holiday Park is a caravan park, with modern onsite cabins & villas and camping facilities. It is located about 10-15 minutes drive from the centre of Cairns in a suburb called Redlynch. The owners, Jenine and Russell are very friendly and will go out of their way to make your stay a comfortable one.
There is a pool and spa, and a large BBQ area. In recent years Russell has hooked up the wireless broadband so you can still check those all important emails during your stay. A short drive from the park you will find some shops where you can pick up groceries, and the local pizza place delivers here too. There are also a few good restaurants and pubs in the area.
I stayed in a one bedroom cabin. It was clean and modern, with ensuite bathroom, TV and kitchen facilities, and was certainly a lot nicer than I was expecting.
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