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“Perfect Getaway - Experience Permaculture”

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Hill Top Farmstay Accommodation Cooktown
Ranked #2 of 3 Cooktown B&B and Inns
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“Perfect Getaway - Experience Permaculture”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We had a wonderful time staying at Hill Top Farmstay. A great "outback" adventure for our family. My wife and two young daughters (11 and 14) and I spent two excellent nights here. Wendy's farm is an incredible demonstration of permaculture - a sustainable and self-maintained farm based on natural ecosystems. We learned so much from her in our short visit there. If you are looking for a place to get away from everything, breathe some wonderful air and see the most amazing night sky - this is the place. A perfect base camp for Willie Gordon's Guurrbi tours and anything in the Cooktown area. Wildlife everywhere! A fully equipped camp kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, and running water. Wonderful, outdoor solar showers and the occasional visit from some amazing tropical frogs. Wendy has really created an ecologically responsible and sustainable place in Far North Queensland. If you are looking for the Four Seasons - this isn't it. If you are looking to experience the outdoors, the land, and the living things of the Cape York Peninsula, book a few nights here. Everything living closely together as nature intended. Birds, amphibians, humans, horses, dogs, insects, and cows. Lots of fun! We will be back. Tell Wendy that Dave & Lydia sent you.

Room Tip: Two choices: stay in the converted shipping container apartment (2 twin beds) or the safari tent (2...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Ipswich, Australia
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

There's nothing missing here... 20 by 10 ft bedroom .. attached kitchen with stove, fridge for BYO food, sink, benches with all the gear .. kitchen table and chairs .. lounge chairs with coffee table .. camp file with griddle .. and the VIEW !
We spent 4 nights at Hill Top. Enjoyed BBQ dinner done on the griddle followed by a glass/s of wine watching the sunset. Fresh fruit salad for desserts and breakfasts (thanks for the pawpaw and bananas Wendy).
This was a great base for touring in the Cooktown area.

Room Tip: The shipping container ( the 2o by 10 ft bedroom) was novel but very comfortable. We can't comm...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cooktown, Australia
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Beautiful place to relax yourself in nature: great view, nice animals and wildlife (Wallaby...).
Ideal for families to share nice time together and discover this beautiful place in Queensland. Wendy manage her farm with permaculture principes and it's very interesting to see.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

We stayed here for three nights. It was great to be able to stop and relax. It was very quiet and peaceful.
Wendy the hostess was very approachable, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Wendy was very willing to share her local knowledge and farming knowledge. I would stay again. The birdsong each morning was also great!
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  • Stayed July 2011
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Wollongong
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

Stayed in Hill Top farm with a friend for a week. It was very comfortable and a great getaway from the city, beautiful night skies. Accommodation was perfect, better than what we expected, very clean as well. There's an option of the cabin which includes 2 single beds (which we stayed in) and a safari tent for 4. The cabin has it's own private area and kitchen. There were also plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits from the farm.

The only minor inconvenience is that the farm is about 20 minutes away from the main town.

The host Wendy and the animals were all very friendly and welcoming. Great recommendation from the host on what to see and do in Cooktown. Overall a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

I could get totally new experience. The host Wendy is really kind and helped me a lot. She knows many local place. This cabin was really comfortable, can relax. I love to look up stars and beautiful moon, you can see beautiful morning. Also I enjoyed beautiful nature and friendly houses, geese, Sophie the dog. I'm looking forward to go to see Hill Top Farm next time.
Thanks a lot , Wendy.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

Hill Top Farm is a peaceful and relaxing close to nature experience. The cabin was comfortable and well equipped with a kitchen attached. Tours organised by Wendy were most enjoyable and informative. As a nature lover I particularly enjoyed my time in this natural setting and the sunsets were stunning. An abundance of fresh picked fruit and vegies from Wendy's garden were a welcome bonus during my week long stay.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hill Top Farmstay Accommodation Cooktown

Property: Hill Top Farmstay Accommodation Cooktown
Address: 2120 Endeavour Valley Rd, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cook Shire > Cooktown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cooktown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hill Top Farm provides award winning environmentally-friendly cabin and camping accommodation for guests wanting to combine the comforts of home with adventure and discovery. Our organic and Permaculture farm is only 15 minutes from Cooktown (on the bitumen)- ideally situated to explore historic Cooktown and surrounding spectacular landscapes. We have a self-contained, twin share cabin, twin-share Safari tent, and one private powered camping site. Our guests have exclusive use of the facilities. We can provide the option of self-service breakfasts, camping for groups and dog-friendly accommodation. Why not join one of our courses or take tour of the farm for a real ecotourism experience. ... more   less 
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