The SpaceThe cabin has a king-sized bed and is a spacious studio-style set-up, with a private ensuite toilet and private outside shower. We can add single beds if needed for children or extra guests. I've ticked no children/infants because we aren't set up for it, but we will consider your individual circumstances. The cabin is basic, and the shower is outback-style, but it's a nice little area if you don't mind the lack of frills! If you like luxury camping, come to us...! There is no aircon, but there are fans and the temperature here at night is usually comfortable without aircon even in February (we used to live in Cairns, and have gone from having aircon at night for 2-5 months of the year, to not needing it at all).
The cooking facilities are also basic, but include a microwave and an outside gas hob, and there is an electric oven outside our house that is shared between us. We can give a full list of cooking facilities etc if you contact us. Electricity and wifi is included, and there is a shared washing machine to use. The wifi can be slow, but is fine for things like emailing, internet banking etc. There is no TV!
Please note the photo of the outside shower! It has an open gap at the top, so you can watch the lorikeets in the gum trees outside, but also bugs can crawl in sometimes, so the cabin may not be suitable unless you are comfortable with a little wildlife :) We are reasonably environmental and nature-orientated, and so if you don't like wildlife and nature, or you are looking for somewhere spotless and modern, this might not be the right place for you! :)
The cabin is nice and roomy with its own undercover decking in front to sit out on. Although it's in our garden, it's quite a private space (but please be aware that we may come and go for maintenance etc). There is a train track a little way behind your cabin, but before you panic, the little two-carriage train only goes by twice a week and is the iconic "Savannahlander". It seems to be quite quiet! But please note that our indigenous neighbours can be noisy, and so can the birdlife! :)
If you feel there are things lacking (blankets, cutlery, pans, etc), although we may not be able to help you out please do mention it to us anyway, as we may well have some packed away somewhere. Guest AccessWe often have fruit-pickers lodging with us, of all nationalities, who get up early in the morning for work (they won't disturb you and are usually out all day), so please be aware that this is not a party-place, but we do sometimes have a bbq in the garden for some socialising, which you are always welcome to join in!
You have your own little area to live in and sit out on, but we may come and go for maintenance etc, and to check everything is ok. Our access to the back strip is also through your area, and the little shed next to you serves as a laundry for all our lodgers. So your deck is quite private, but privacy is not guaranteed! Also our neighbours can sometimes be noisy which unfortunately is beyond our control, and the night birds are also often noisy, which is definitely beyond our control :) Interaction with GuestsWe are sociable and we like to have some interaction with our guests. Juliet has worked as a marine biologist and snorkel guide, and may be able to advise on suitable reef trips. For birders, we recommend visiting the Mareeba Wetlands (please check their website as they are not always open). If you like nature we can advise on waterfalls, platypus viewing, etc. There is usually one or both of us at home if you have any inquiries. The NeighborhoodMareeba is an hour or so inland (and elevated) from Cairns, and the climate is dryer and less humid than down on the coast. It's also has much less rain than Atherton, only half an hour away! If you like hot days, but prefer the temperature to drop at night so you can sleep comfortably, come and stay with us :) If you get a hankering for a dose of humid tropics, just head down the hill for the day! Getting AroundWe are an hour or so from Cairns airport. Public transport to Mareeba is infrequent and you are probably better off hiring a car (there is a small, local older-car hire company near us if you prefer to wait until you get here, who we have found honest and helpful). Please note that car hire companies here like to charge an "excess" of a few $1000 in the case of an accident, which you can reduce by paying extra! but if you check your travel insurance they sometimes have a clause that covers this excess for you. Other Things to NoteResponse time: occasionally we are away outback, out of range of mobile phone coverage, in which case we will not get your messages for a few days. If your booking is urgent, and you do not get an initial response from us quickly, please book elsewhere and don't risk your holiday! If you do have the time to wait, we will eventually get back to you :)
If you are flying out from Cairns, we recommend staying down on the coast for the night before you leave, because the road down to Cairns is very occasionally blocked by an accident that takes several hours to clear, which could mean missing your flight if you are very unlucky.