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“authentic queenslander, great service, relaxed atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Zanzoo Retreat
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Zanzoo Retreat
Ranked #2 of 2 Redlynch B&B and Inns
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1 review
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“authentic queenslander, great service, relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2010

We loved our stay at Zanzoo. Cairns is a great place for a holiday - lots of options for day trips, great scenery, heaps of wildlife, and a great place to read a book or go out for dinner. Zanzoo was a perfect base, away from the hustle and bustle of down-town Cairns, yet within an easy drive of everything.

We started each day with a healthy breakfast and chat with Rosie. It was easy to establish a rapport with other guests and chat about what we planned to do that day. Rosie could not have done more to make our trip to Cairns a wonderful, relaxing time - her local knowledge was invaluable, and her friendly way a highlight of the trip. The house was tidy and the grounds were well maintained.

It was a great place to come home to after a day out - the lights were left on in a welcoming gesture, the air-conditioners a pleasant relief from the heat. I spent a couple of days around the property - reading, playing tennis and swimming which was a nice way to relax. There was a large kitchen where you could cook your own meal or there are great restaurants nearby or in Cairns.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2010

We stayed at the Zanzoo Retreat between 13th - 16th February 2010. The B&B is located on the outskirts of town but is within a short drive of a pub which serves reasonable meals. The local pizza places will deliver if you do not want to venture out. The Retreat is huge, soley occupied by guests as the owners live in an adjacent property. There is a residents' lounge and dining room, breakfasts are taken on the verandah. The property is managed by Rosie who prepares delicious breakfasts. Rosie is also a great source of information about day trips in and around Cairns.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SurreyCoupleUk
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Hampshire, UK
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42 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2009

A lovely place to stay. Rosie (who runs the place) is such a wonderful lady and really made our stay. It is a very personal and extremely friendly place. The house is beautiful as are the grounds. Superb breakfast served on a relaxing balcony with other guests. When we arrived we got a choice of rooms (as the house was not full) which was really useful as we have a baby so we perhaps have different needs to other guests!

Rosie was brillant with our daugher and went out of her way to make her stay comfortable. Redlynch is a great place to be because it is not on the tourist route, you can see how real Aussies live.

My only negative comments are that although the pool is meant to be heated, it was too cold for my baby and that there is a mango tree which hangs above the house and everytime a mango fell on the roof it woke us all up! Nice and quirky during the day but no fun at night when you are trying to sleep....it makes such a noise!

Other than these tiny points I cant recommend this place more highly.

Thank you Rosie for a very memorable stay

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank happyhels
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Halifax
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2009

The situation of Zanzoo is delightful,, but you do need a car. It was lovely to stay in such a quiet spot away from the th hustle and bustle of Cairns. We were lucky to have the whole house to ourselves, and Rosie was an excellent hostess, sorting out trips to the Barrier Reef, and telling us of local places to see, and places to eat . It was a relaxing stay here, in our air conditioned bedroom ,a lovely escape from the steamy heat of Cairns.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dot2009
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halifax
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2009

This is the VERY BESY B/B I have stayed in....if you are headed toCairns Australia it is a must....Rosie is exceptional....the breakfast is wonderful..the rooms clean and comfie...the pool top notch...you can easily make your own meals...this is a 10 star and I have traveled lots...a must!!!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hermanHalifax
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wigan uk
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2009

We stayed at Zanzoo retreat for 6 nights it was wonderful in the Queenslander house.The breakfasts were amazing tropical fruit yoghurt,croissants and cereal on the veranda looking out of 14 acres of garden it was magical and so relaxing.Will definately come back to Zanzoo if we are back in Cairns.The rooms are spacious with Quuen beds and en suite.

9 OUT 10

  • Liked — The peace and relaxation of Zanzoo
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank choengmon53
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2009

With so many options in Cairns we had a tough time finding a place to stay. The Zanzoo was absolutely outstanding. By the Zanzoo's recommendation, we rented a car and I appreciate their honest advice (look for Red Spot Rentals online for a good rate). I don't see how we could have managed without it. The large breakfast was outstanding. The rooms were clean. The pool was great. The laundry was free (and we needed it!). The home is very very nice, clean, and a good value. But, above all, Rosie, the property manager, couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. She prepared us a fantastic breakfast, helped us plan all of our days, and even showed us a few great local swimming holes. We even had a chance to meet her children who are extremely kind and friendly.

The only thing I'd complain about is the internet connection which came and went. I don't know if that has to do with the weather when we were there so I shouldn't blame Zanzoo entirely. I was also told that they were in the process of upgrading that anyway.

I truly hope I am able to return to visit the Zanzoo again one day. It's an outstanding place to call home when you're so far away from your own.

  • Liked — rosie and the outdoorsy feel of the place.
  • Disliked — internet connection
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank aprice88
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Additional Information about Zanzoo Retreat

Property: Zanzoo Retreat
Address: Mary Parker Drive, Redlynch, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Redlynch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Redlynch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Zanzoo Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautifully restored bed and breakfast has been tastefully decorated and is a popular and sought after B&B. The homestead is surrounded by rainforest covered mountain ranges and has the cool, clear waters of the rainforest fringed Freshwater Creek flowing through the length of the property year round.The floodlit outdoor tennis court is surrounded by rainforest trees, palms and tropical gardens.Take a dip in large resort style pool & relax in Cairns' most luxurious, yet affordable B&B ... more   less 
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Zanzoo Retreat Cairns Region, Australia - Redlynch

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