Reviews

Bustard Downs Organic Farmstay, Birdwatching Accommodation, Caravan and Camping Mt. Molloy – Maryfarms – Mt. Carbine Tropical North Queensland, Australia

What people say who stay at Bustard Downs

“Rooms are clean and lovely linen”
When I book and stay somewhere, I only hope the rooms are as clean and the linen as lovely as it is here at Bustard Downs
Kym Joseph

“Super comfortable bed and crystal clear pool”
Thank you for making my week so enjoyable. The bed was super comfortable and we loved waking up to the musical chorus from all your exotic birds.  Having your crystal clear pool to swim in was also a joy – looking out at your spectacular ring of mountains and colourful garden made it a unique experience.
Liz White

“Accommodation well above your average bush stay”
Such a beaut spot to stay. Everything is so tidy and  clean and the accommodation standards are well above your average ‘bush’ stay. Should be on everybody’s list if they are heading north to Cooktown or just want to escape Cairns for a night or two.
Kate Richards Cairns

“Major highlight of my birding life”
Seeing the Bustard in full display, and getting great photos, was one of the major highlights of my birding life.  A magnificent place to stay
Dr Jim Whitelaw

 “Sometimes birders just get lucky”
Sometimes birders just get lucky.  We sure did when we found and stayed in Bustard Downs!  Thanks Jo
Dodge & Lorna  - Panama & San Antonio Texas

“100% Satisfied”
We and our guests are 100% satisfied
Eurasia Travel, Tokyo, Japan

 “Clean rooms -  loved seeing the Bustards”
Wonderful hospitality, very friendly & clean rooms.  Loved seeing the Bustards
John Florida U.S.A

“Great food and accommodation”
Thankyou Jo & Will for your warm hospitality, great food and accommodation.  Loved our stay here at Bustard Downs the true Gateway to the Cape.
Rob & Mandy – Sunshine Coast

"Lovely hot shower"
Thanks for the lovely stay & lovely hot shower!
Anna & AJ

“Funky Cottage by the Mary Creek”
Thank you for a very peaceful, bird filled Anzac weekend in a funky cottage by Mary Creek.  We’ll be back
Toshi & Karen

“Perfect place to sit back and relax”
Thoroughly enjoyed our week here.  Having driven from Sydney this was a lucky find, the perfect place to sit back and relax at the end of our holiday.  Loved watching the birds, the rain sweeping across the mountains and all the tranquility Bustard Downs offers.  Thank you Jo, Will, Sam, Woody and Chocco
Bill & Isobel Macdonald – Scotland

“Slept like a log, just the sounds of nature”
Slept like a log with just the sounds of nature.  Might come back for a couple of weeks if we decide to write our memoirs. So peaceful.
Margaret & Francis – Durong Qld

“Beautiful Gardens”
Very comfortable room and beautiful gardens.  A credit to you Jo Will and Sam.
Lita, Leongatha, Victoria

“A great birdwatching opportunity when you stay here”
A great birdwatching opportunity when you stay here. We had at least 7 Bustards surrounding us in the late afternoon, only 20 metres away. Spectacular views to the mountains and located next to the Mary Creek, with swimming holes. If you are into nature, and looking for a low key relaxing experience this is it.
Allison Gott, Mossman 

"Peaceful"
Very enjoyable!! Lovely and peaceful.
Lou & Kate – Atherton

“Warm welcome”
 Thank you for the cool scenery, warm welcome and hot curry.
Your friends from Estonia. -  Tomis & Reelika – Estonia

“I dig the trees n’ the birds”
Lovely spot you have here. I wish you every blessing in this wonderful venture.  I dig the trees n’ the birds.
David

“Beautiful tranquil place”
A beautiful, tranquil place to hide from the world for a while!  We will miss the Bustards, the bats, kingfishers and most of all the stars at night.  Thank you.
Jen, Harry, Jackie & Tony

 “Serenity”
Thoroughly enjoyed the serenity of Bustard Downs .  Easter 2012 will be remembered.  Thank-you Jo Will & Sam
Kelly, Ike, Oliver & kids

“Loved the tranquility and the birds”
What a place!  We have loved the tranquility and the birds.  A fantastic escape from the southern winter.  Hope to return soon.
Lee, Andy & Charlie – Hobart Tasmania

“Fantastic place for families”
Fantastic place for families. Lots of space to play cricket and ride bikes. There are a couple of walking tracks and a pretty creek for the kids to play in as well. It's a great ‘home base’, but not so much a place for adventure seekers who want tons of activities.  Its much better for those who just want to chill out and get away from it all for a few days.
Rebecca Fauske, Cairns

“So peaceful”
A relaxing place to get away from the busy city.  Loved the place, so peaceful.  Thank you.
Sunny, Krystal, Nikita & Mason – Cairns 

 “Australiana experience”
Lovely Australiana experience.
Lynda & Tony – Cairns

“The Cottage is very comfy, pleasant accommodation”
We deeply enjoyed a quiet & relaxing stay at this beautiful and so peaceful place! It was a “face” of rural and inland Australia we had not discovered yet.  The cottage is also a very comfy and pleasant accommodation, thank you for everthing! (Kindness, generosity and taking such a good care of this magnificent piece of land…)
Marla, Muriele & Michel –  France

“Good vibes”
Thank-you!! – Keep up the Good vibes.
Che Russell

“Camping showers and toilets good”
We camped here for 1 night on the way to Cooktown and then again on the way back. Exceptionally peaceful. Lots of birds. Showers and toilets good. Filtered water for drinking.  Only downside is there can be a few ants and bugs about making it a real nature experience.
Buelland Waimate NZ

“Amazing setting with mountains and heaps of birdlife”
Travelling from Cooktown to Atherton we came across this conveniently placed outback station based camping and cabins.  We received a warm welcome from the propretress, and loved the amazing setting with the mountains, savannah country and heaps of birdlife.  Whilst the facilities are basic they are perfectly adequate and we would recommend this place as a stopping off point.
Joe H

“Cool and relaxed at the Cottage”
4 days at the Cottage, cool and relaxed, our dreams are becoming reality
Jacques – France 

“Shelter from Cyclone Yasi”
Wow! How lucky we are to find you guys to shelter from Cyclone Yasi!  The most peaceful & safest place in the storm!  Great hospitality, comfy beds & beaut jam! Thank you
Jo Mike, Frank, Yuka, Tony & Leon – Cairns

"The room was comfy”
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.  The room was comfy – the bed soft & last nights pig on the spit was delicious.  Congratulations on the way you have developed the property – obviously there has been a lot of hard work done! Good on you!!
Rosa & Peter – Atherton 

“Thank you for welcoming us”
To Will, Jo and Sam – Thank you for welcoming us and letting us stay in your beautiful cottage
Narelle & Duncan

“Great Hosts”
Great Hosts great place good luck with all your plans for the place.  Everything was good.
Donna, Bruce & Justin – Townsville

“Thank you for your kindness”
Thank you for your kindness.  We had a very good time . It's a pity that we have to go home! Let me know when you’re coming to Japan, we’ll be pleased to show you around. We will always remember what we experienced
Anne, Momo, Yuka, Sachi – Japan

"Heaps of room in the campground/caravan area”
Heaps of room in the campground/caravan area…so much bird and wildlife to be seen and only 120km from Cairns.  A top place to chill out for a few days in an outback setting. We will be back.
Jo Clarke & Keith Graham – Cairns 

“One night was not enough”
One night was not enough. So peaceful, we were the only ones in the campsite. I could have stayed forever. Wish it was closer to WA. My brother on holiday from the UK thought it was great.  Hope to go back some day. Thank you
Patricia Hakanson WA

“A must for birdwatchers”
Stayed here for over a week, it is so peaceful, the gardens are beautiful, plenty of wildlife, a must for birdwatchers, the Mary river is fantastic, 360 degree awesome views.  The accommodation is excellent, Will, Jo and Sam have done a great job providing us with a piece of paradise.
Lorraine Mahoney

 “Would definitely stay again”
Bustard Downs was excellent. Very clean and Jo was so nice, helpful and friendly. Would definitely stay again. Great spot for birders and you can tell how much she loves the Bustards…we did too.
Alison Thrash McKee

“Home away from home”
Thanks again for looking after us and providing a home away from home. Its always a lovely place to stay.
Andrew White 

“Great sleep in a beautiful room”
Stayed one night at the B&B for a business trip. Friendly, private, quiet and full of natures gifts.  Loved the bird diversity and the fresh morning breeze & chilly morning & friendly dogs. I will stay again. Had a great sleep in a beautiful room.
Thea

"Enjoyed 2 night stay, walking, birdlife, swimming”
We enjoyed our 2 night stay at the B&B  very much. The walking, birdlife, animals, fruit and vegetable ‘patch’, the swimming, the meals (especially the eggs & salads & rosella jam) and the opportunity to chat with you all.
Cecilie & Michael

“Best of times”
We had the best of times with all three of you at the B&B, with the dogs, the cows and in beautiful surroundings. It was very exciting to learn about the farm and to see all the good things that you have done to the farm/the fields. Thank you also for the time you spend on us and the wonderful lunch. The rodeo was a really fun experience that all of us will remember with joy.  We hope to see you some time in the future in Denmark. We will do our best to repay the hospitality you showed us here at Bustard Downs.
Rikardt, Sanne, FieTilde & Carl – Denmark

“Only wish we could of stayed longer”
Many thanks for a great welcome, excellent place in beautiful surroundings – only wish we could have stayed longer.
Peter & Sonia Alston, Cumbria, UK