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Barking Owl Retreat
Reviewed 9 July 2013

If you need a break from the rat race in a classic Aussie country setting this is the place. Friendly service and a spotless and tastefully presented cottage. The dogs escort you on the tour to the dam, which is nice. :). Would particularly suit the overseas visitor who wants a quick country experience an hour from Cairns.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Tanya and Chris were very welcoming and informative hosts for our 3 night stay in the Tablelands. The Dingo's lair cottage looks over a perfect view of rolling hills. Just sitting there having breakfast we saw so many birds: flycatchers, cockatoos, and at night, geckos and tiny frogs. The quiet and peace are a cure for jaded Sydney souls. The cottage is perfectly maintained, and has everything you need. The bed is comfy, the gas heater will keep you warm on a cooler winter night. The breakfast is on the smaller size side but we brought some groceries, advisable as supermarkets are 10 mins drive or so. If you want to see amazing bird action watch the ibises, hawks and many others in the endless fields around and visit Hasties swamp with thousands of ducks and geese.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Having travelled cross-country and around Australia for three months with approx. 50 different accommodations, the Barking Owl was definitely one of the top end stays: Nicely located in the Atherton Tablelands, a beautiful cottage (one of two) providing a maximum of privacy, perfectly equipped with a separate kitchen, a nice canopied terrace with a Weber BBQ, great hospitality (if you are interested in the wild life, Tanya will give you tips where a platypus, where owls etc. can be spotted). Summing up, one of our best stays in Australia.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I really enjoyed staying here as it was the peace and quiet I was looking for. We stayed in the farthest accommodation, and it was fantastic sitting out on the back veranda with an amazing view of nature and not a sliver of man-made noise or construction in sight. I plan to return as soon as possible.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

We arrived at The Barking Owl with less than an hours notice on a Saturday night. Tanya had the cottage made up and ready for our arrival. We stayed in The Dingo’s Lair cottage which although compact for 2 adults and a child is excellently thought out. It is well equipped, we had everything we needed and didnt find space an issue. The deck is a great setting with magnificent views. It’s a beautiful rural location only a few minutes from Tolga and Atherton. We saw owls twice during our stay. Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

Perfect way to get away from it all and just force yourself to chill out and enjoy the wide open spaces of the Tablelands, this is the spot! Quiet and chilled, beautiful breezes rolling up the valley at you morning, noon and night. The hampers are a great touch that means you don't have to go anywhere if you don't want to, great place for a weekend away without the kids (oooops did i say that :)), but i'm sure the kids would enjoy as well (not that we will be giving this place up to our kids - this one is ours). Enjoyed the weekend and will be back for sure, thanks.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

Relaxation is what we needed, and that's what we got! Barking Owl Retreat is a great place - the cottage was beautifully renovated and had everything we needed - the kitchen was awesome too! The spa and bathroom was very spacious. We'll defintely be going back - suitable for a couples romantic getaway or for the family with a sofa bed that folds out for the kids. Thanks Tanya for a great time and i'll definately be recommending you to my friends and family (and even at the hotel i work in if people are heading to the tablelands!)

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Barking Owl Retreat

Address: 409 Hough Rd | Kairi, Atherton, Queensland 4872, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Atherton
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Atherton
Price Range: £96 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Barking Owl Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Atherton Tablelands Bed and Breakfast Farm Stay Accommodation, Barking Owl Retreat in Kairi, on the Cairns Highlands offers private luxury accommodation with the friendliness and atmosphere of a traditional Bed and Breakfast Farm stay. Featuring two fully self contained cottages tucked in a secluded valley just over an hours self-drive from the Cairns International Airport Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia. ... more   less 
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