I was originally booked at a different B&B, but the proprietor had to leave for a family emergency and found me a room at Kookas, and it couldn't have worked out better.
Kookas is located in the neighborhood of Edge Hill, which is close enough to the Cairns airport and CBD to be convenient, but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful. It's an easy walk to the bus, and the shops in Edge Hill, and is also only a short walk to a couple of local attractions, the Cairns Botanical Gardens and the Flying Doctors Service.
One caution: Kookas has a very steep, long driveway, and some taxi drivers are reluctant to go up. Reassure them that there is plenty of room at the top to park and turn around.
The house is beautiful, with rainforest in back, a good sized pool, and a stunning view from the deck. My room was spacious and clean, with its own private entrance, TV, and ensuite bathroom. The continental breakfast was excellent, and always featured fresh, local fruit, some of which I'd never heard of. Marlie, the owner, was very knowledgeable and took great care of me, advising me on which tours I'd enjoy, booking tours, making arrangements. She was also kind enough to be willing to prepare breakfast early when my tour left at stupid o'clock in the morning, and even called out for pizza one night and shared it with me over a glass of wine when I was too tired to venture out for dinner. Marlie, and her helper Ute couldn't have been more gracious.
I'd recommend Kookas to anybody visiting Cairns who wants a clean, comfortable place to stay, while still conveniently close to town, and a gracious host who makes you feel like you're at home.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kookas Bed & Breakfast Cairns Region/Edge Hill, Australia