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Kookas Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Edge Hill B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“Wonderfully awesome”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We made Kookas our home base for a week in Cairns and it was amazing.

Marlies and her helpers made us feel completely at home and helped with arrangements for the various tourist activities.

Breakfasts were excellent - and healthy!

But the best feature is the atmosphere - being nestled on hill, with nothing but the Australian bush above the accomodations, each morning started with bursts of birdsong that continued all day and to dusk, where it was replaced with the night noises of the nocturnal wildlife.

I'd stay again in a heartbeat,

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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kookas-55, Owner at Kookas Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Dear Paul F,
thank you so much for your great feedback. It makes us immense happy to know that you loved the atmosphere and the night noises of the nocturnal wildlife :-)
The wallabies still roam around and we wake up to the laughter of the Kookaburras.
We are looking forward to welcome you back on your next visit to Cairns.
Greetings from all of us @ kookas B&B, Marlies
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

My mum and I recently stayed at Kooka's for 4 nights, and very much enjoyed our time there. Marlies is an excellent host and we had dinner with her and her helpers on 2 of our nights there (most enjoyable). We felt very welcomed and comfortable and our room was very clean. We would definitely return and would recommend Kooka's to family and friends traveling to Cairns area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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kookas-55, Owner at Kookas Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Dear Customers from Sydney
Thank you for your recent feedback on Trip Advisor. I was very pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay at Kookas B&B and that you felt comfortable. We enjoyed having your company during dinner as well and are looking forward to welcome you back on your next trip to Cairns.
Kind regards
Marlies
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Paris
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Kookas B&B is the nicest place ever, Marlies and Bruno are the most hospitable hosts, the accomodation is great, very neat and quiet surronded by the Rainforest, nearby Cairns Botanic Garden, breakfast is very colourful and delicious, different everyday. If you like having dinner with them, their cooking is superb. Marlies and Bruno can arrange any booking for you. In a word : a very relaxing stay, we warmly recommand.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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kookas-55, Manager at Kookas Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Dear Carol T
Thank you for your recent feedback on Trip Advisor. I was very pleased to read that you had enjoyed our hospitality at Kookas B&B and that you liked our cooking. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Cairns.
Kind regards
Marlies
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

On our first trip to Australia, Kooka's was the first place we stayed and probably the best. Bruno, our host for the visit, was interesting, warm, and accommodating for all of our needs. He chatted with us extensively on the large and beautiful balcony where we ate our breakfast each morning and helped us figure out various tours, rental cars, and bus situations. The breakfast itself was delightful--with just the right mix of cereals, fruit, yogurt, meats, cheeses, and breads. After many other travels in Australia and many other breakfasts, I would even say that his was an extraordinary value. Our rooms were well-fitted and pleasant--exactly what we needed. I would recommend this place to anyone traveling to Cairns wholeheartedly.

Room Tip: All the rooms were excellent. There was no "noise" factor, anywhere.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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kookas-55, Owner at Kookas Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Dear Nancy L
Thank you for your recent feedback on Trip Advisor. I was very pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay at Kookas B&B and found our Tropical Breakfast delightful :-)
We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Cairns.
Kind regards
Marlies
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

John and I completely enjoyed our 8 day stay at Marlie Gehrig’s Kookas B&B. The accommodations were very clean and comfortable. It was a special pleasure to be surrounded by the rainforest environment in Marlie’s lovely home. The breakfasts were delicious and it was a delight to find that Marlie, a great cook, offered dinner as well. So, it was especially nice after a full day of sightseeing, to come home to a delicious home cooked dinner.

Marlie was most helpful in advising us on the reef experience and excursions into the remarkable Australian rainforests and Atherton Tablelands. There are so many fascinating places to see and enjoy that we needed much more time to take in all in. The Botanical gardens in Cairns must be seen and are an enjoyable 15 minute walk from Kooka’s. There are so many interesting places to visit in and near Cairns and thanks to Marlie’s recommendations, we had a great time diving on the Barrier Reef, taking the Scenic Railway Train and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to and from Kuranda, driving and exploring the table lands, visiting Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge each of which were great fun.
The time we were able to be with Marlie at Kooka’s made our visit at Cairns so much more that it would have been had we stayed anywhere else. Marlie is the perfect host.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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kookas-55, Owner at Kookas Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Dear from Johncsr from San Diego
Thank you for your recent feedback on Trip Advisor. I was very pleased to read that you had a delightful stay at Kookas B&B and that you enjoyed visiting all the beautiful places around Cairns. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Cairns.
Kind regards
Marlies
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

A fantastic B&B! Marlies you are the perfect host! We originally enquired to stay at Galvin’s Edge Hill BnB but they was on holiday believe it or not! But did recommend Kookas as a alternative and it was still close to the coastal area of Cairns. We couldn’t have asked for better accommodation! We stayed for 4 nights and had zero issues! An immaculate room, fantastic tropical breakfasts (which included fruits, cereals, toast plus an array of meats and cheeses), a friendly and knowledgeable host in Marlies, use of the internet at no extra charge, free off road parking, ceiling fan & a/c, tv and dvd player, encounters with local wildlife (wallaby, frogs, geckos, kookaburras, cockatoos), and neighbouring guests who were equally happy (Don & Sue). Also, NO ants which we encountered at nearly all our other accommodation on our 3 week trip. Be aware that the driveway is quite steep and a bit twisty for nervous drivers.
It was great to stay somewhere where you were accommodated to suit your requirements (early morning hot air balloon trip).
The only extra bit we would’ve loved would’ve been to meet Bruno. As avid TripAdvisor users we found this B&B through the site and would strongly recommend it to anyone travelling to Cairns. Marlies, we hope to visit Australia again and when we do we will be sure to stay with you again. You’re no longer a host to us – you’re a friend! : ) P.S. – Hope the wallaby is still visiting!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Kookas Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 12, 2012
Dear John

Thank you for your recent feedback on Trip Advisor. I was very pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay at Kookas B&B and the surrounding area. Cairns has so much to offer and the beautiful Botanical Garden is accessible all year round. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Cairns.
Kind regards
Marlies
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

This charming and beautifully situated Bed and Breakfast was clean, professional and personably run by the most hospitable hostess, Marlies! Secluded in a lush tropical garden it provided a wonderful quiet refuge from the bustling tourism in the city of Cairns below. It was also our starting and finishing base for a diving adventure on the GBR and a fantastic tour through the Tablelands!

Room Tip: The rooms with the comfortable king beds had gorgous views over Cairnes
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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, Owner at Kookas Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 12, 2012
Dear Charlie,

Thank you for your recent feedback on Trip Advisor. I was very pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay at Kookas B&B and fantastic adventures in this part of the world.
We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Cairns.
Kind regards
Marlies
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Property: Kookas Bed & Breakfast
Address: 40 Hutchinson St | North Cairns, Edge Hill, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Edge Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Edge Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kookas Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lush, cool surrounds of Kooka's Bed & Breakfast make this the perfect place to enjoy the warm climate of North Queensland. Nestled in tropical Rainforest of Far North Queensland on the foot of Mount Whitfield in Edge Hill it is the best spot for your relaxing holiday in Cairns.The superb architecture of Kooka's Bed & Breakfast makes the most of the property’s magnificent surrounds. An inviting, open deck leads you out from the lounge and towards the expansive views of the south. Discover the refreshing pool, the tropical garden, or simply do nothing at all – it’s all yours to enjoy.All rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and screening ensures for comfort all year round. Each room features air conditioning, ceiling fans, smoke alarm and separate entry. As well as Coffee making facility, fridge, TV & DVD player.Kooka's Bed & Breakfast is located in Cairns, your gateway to the magnificent wonders of Tropical North Queensland; the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Rainforest and great Australian Outback. ... more   less 
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