Cosy BnBs For Your Next Country Escape

Whether it’s a cosy cottage to snuggle into, or a comfy base for your explorations, these accommodation options are the tops for the Atherton Tablelands.

Allawah Retreat

Its Indigenous name means stay here and rest a while and the advice is worth taking – from the spectacular views to the heated deck spa to the cosy fire to the luxury appointments, Allawah Retreat is special. The four lodge cottages are set in 60 hectares of paradise at Tolga, are fully self-contained and you can indulge in a massage as well. Just say ahhhhh……

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Sweetwater Lodge

Sweetwater Lodge is so accommodating you may never want to leave. Replete with flowers, fresh Atherton Tablelands coffee, tea, biscuits, sugar, milk, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a host of other pantry ingredients on arrival, a bathroom stocked with luxurious smelling goodies and a host of magazines and DVDs, its two luxury cottages are perfect for a cosy, quiet retreat.

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Bushland Cottages

These cute cottages are just a stone’s throw from Petersen Creek and its platypus population plus the gorgeous village of Yungaburra. The cottages have generous decks, beautiful gardens and are nestled in picturesque bushland. Well equipped kitchens and extras such as real coffee and chocolates make these cottages a home away from home.

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Lumholtz Lodge

This BNB near Atherton has the tag line “where nature wanders in”, and they aren’t kidding. While the two-storey home takes only one group at a time, expect all sorts of visitors from the animal kingdom during your stay. It’s open house at Lumholtz Lodge and the abundant wildlife around the property is spectacular. You may see platypus, echidna, possums, flying fox, the Lumholtz tree kangaroo plus tons of birdlife, reptiles and amphibious creatures. A sauna, landscaped rainforest gardens and 65-hectare grounds with lots of walking tracks add to the joy.

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Spring Haven Kuranda

This one-bedroom cottage entices you with contemporary flair, exceptional comfort and a glorious setting. Add an outdoor bath in the rainforest and you couldn’t get more bliss. Accessed via a short boardwalk, the cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, smart tv, aircon and wi-fi plus lots of other extras and small touches that make a stay memorable. Utterly private, Spring Haven is an oasis of tranquillity and style near the unique and quirky town of Kuranda.

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Crater Lakes Rainforest Cottages

These cottages are next door neighbours of the World Heritage listed Crater Lakes National Park and each cottage has a spa bath, private deck and BBQ. Add a self-contained kitchen, log fire and lots of wild habitat – and inhabitants – and these rainforest hideaways are just the recipe for a special weekend or longer stay.

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Eden House Retreat

In the middle of charming Yungaburra is the equally charming Eden House retreat with spa and garden cottages that are beautifully appointed and set in lush tropical gardens. An oasis to return to after touring the wonderful Atherton Tablelands or a destination in themselves, the cottages have been lovingly created to be both superbly comfortable and stylish, with lots of special touch surprises for guests.

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Sharlynn by the River

Meander a while in Malanda and be sure to stay at the evocatively named Sharlynn by the River. Your accommodation is just 39 steps away from the (North Johnston) river where you can take a dip – with a bashful platypus at dusk or dawn if you are lucky. These cottages have self-contained gourmet kitchens and guests are welcome to help themselves to fruit, nuts and herbs from the huge gardens. A long veranda venturing out into the forest is a lovely spot for smoko or a sundowner, or take a picnic down to the banks of the river.

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Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin

Be the only guest on this exceptional nature reserve on the western side of Mt Hypipamee – aka The Crater. Situated in the transition zone between rainforest and open woodlands, this cabin – bit of a misnomer – was built to bring the outside in. Big windows make it almost part of the landscape, with a veranda ideal for viewing a small creek and its local wildlife. King parrots are common and the Lumholtz tree kangaroos has been known to occasionally sit right near the cabin while cassowaries and Victoria riflebirds are among the scores of animal species, which may make an appearance. There’s a well-equipped kitchen, wifi and lots of field guides and reference books to help with your birdwatching.

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The Gables Yungaburra

This BNB in the heart of Yungaburra is contained within the historic 1920s Gables House. Set in gorgeous gardens, the self-contained apartments are both quiet and comfy and just a short stroll to all village amenities.

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Taj on Byrnes

More luxury apartment than BNB, Taj on Byrnes in Mareeba is built for comfort and indulgence. Relax in the spa bath, unwind in the wonderful gardens and enjoy those little extras – we guarantee you will have wonderful night’s sleep, while enjoying the conveniences of being right in the heart of this country town.

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