Cooktown Big 4 Holiday Park, Cooktown, Queensland

Cooktown Big 4 Holiday ParkWe are running late and the office at the Cooktown Holiday Park has closed when we arrive, so we ring the telephone number given on the office door. There is a quick response and we are given a warm welcome by Tammy. Tammy gives us an information pack on Cooktown and is able to recommend places of interest in the area. She seems genuinely proud of her town.

We set up camp on a grassy patch near the creek, with plenty of shade. The lawns and gardens are beautifully maintained. There are lots of trees throughout the campsite and hedges around the pool. (more…)

By |2018-08-27T15:40:50+10:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Cairns|0 Comments

Mantra Esplanade, Cairns

The Mantra Esplanade is a very comfortable hotel, well located on the Esplanade. We booked into Room 52 on the 5th floor overlooking Cairns Waterfront Park and the Pier.

Our room had a Queen-sized bed, sofa bed, coffee table, console with bar-size fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, couple of wine glasses and couple of tumblers, TV, air conditioning, a wardrobe containing iron and ironing board and a safe.

There was a good sized bathroom with bath, shower over the bath, basin and toilet.

Our room had sliding glass doors onto a small balcony (with a small outdoor table and two chairs) overlooking The Esplanade.

Parking was available however our high 4WD vehicle did not fit. We were able to park our vehicle at the front of the building overnight (free parking between 5pm and 8am).

We stayed just one night at the Mantra as Cairns was the starting point of a 4-week camping trip to Broome. Woolworths was just one street away so it was convenient for us to do a big shop before the trip.

A short walk away, we enjoyed dinner at Ba Mien Vietnamese restaurant on Aplin Street. We shared a number of delicious authentic Vietnamese dishes. This casual eatery had tables outside on the footpath and was BYO. It was great value for money and very pleasant on a balmy evening.

We can highly recommend a stay at the Mantra Esplanade, Cairns.

20 May 2016

By |2018-08-27T15:40:50+10:00May 20th, 2016|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Cairns|0 Comments

Pavilion on Brookes – Brisbane Apartments

Kitchen-Living-Room-300Pavilion on Brookes is just 12 months old and features one and two bedroom apartments in a 9 storey building located in the inner city Brisbane suburb of Bowen Hills.

The apartments are very good value for money, are conveniently located to the city and Fortitude Valley, are clean, fresh and well equipped. We can highly recommend a stay.

Pavilion on Brookes is a security building: we had a key to get into the building, an electronic tag to access our floor, and an electronic tag to access the garage.

We had a two-bedroom apartment on the 1st floor.


By |2019-06-03T18:17:31+10:00October 10th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Brisbane|Tags: |0 Comments

Agnes Water Beach Club, Queensland, Australia

Agnes Water Beach Club ApartmentsWe arrived quite late at the Agnes Water Beach Club apartments and had to press the intercom at Reception to contact management. There was a quick and cheerful response, we collected the key, dropped our luggage and went off to have dinner nearby at The Tavern – one of the few places open at that time of night.

The Tavern serves very good pub food. We had the daily specials of rump steak/salad/chips for $15 and Chicken Schnitzel/salad/chips for $20 – excellent value for money.


By |2019-06-03T18:21:06+10:00October 9th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Agnes Water|Tags: |0 Comments

Villas on Rivergum, Emerald, Queensland

Living_Kitchen_300Villas on Rivergum is a relatively new development of 1 and 2 bedroom ground floor units on the outskirts of Emerald offering good value for money. We can highly recommend these villas if you are looking for clean, modern and self-contained accommodation.

We checked into Villa 4, a two-bedroom contemporary unit with open plan kitchen, dining and living area.

Bedroom 1 at the front of the villa had a queen bed, an ensuite bathroom and walk-in robe. The room was well furnished with bedside tables and bedside lamps, digital clock/radio. Toiletries were provided in the ensuite, and there was an extra pillow and blanket in the walk in robe.


By |2019-06-03T18:23:38+10:00October 8th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Emerald|Tags: |0 Comments

Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach, Queensland

Room 31, Longreach Motor InnOn a recent trip to Longreach, we stayed at the Longreach Motor Inn, a very large motel on two levels. We booked into Room 31, a family room with two rooms and a bathroom, on the upper level.

It was a comfortable room with plenty of space.

In the main room there were twin beds with bedside tables, a couple of luggage shelves and wardrobe.

In that room there was also a long bench/desk with bar-sized fridge, tea-making facilities, a microwave, television and air-conditioning system. A sliding door opened onto a small balcony where there was a small table and 2 chairs.


By |2019-06-03T18:26:13+10:00October 7th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Longreach|Tags: |0 Comments
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