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Barking Owl Retreat
Caloundra, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Absolute delight”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

If you are looking for beautiful natural bush land views with kangaroos at sunset, the quietest sleep in you have ever had in an awesome bed, time to spoil and relax in the deepest spa ever, while someone else organises drinks and food then this is the place. The decor is so sweet and full of little surprises. Three nights was not long enough, we wished we had stayed longer. So much to see and do.

Room Tip: Ask for the cottage closest to the dam.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Port Douglas, Australia
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

My husband and I had a 1 night getaway at this beautiful property. The scenery and view is amazing with the backdrop of the mountains and farmland in the foreground. Tanya was an amazing host and ensured that we had everything that we needed for a relaxing stay. The chalets are well equipped and very comfortable and cosy. Everything was perfect and our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer!! Thank you so much for a wonderful stay Tanya!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We had a lovely stay at Barking owl retreat and would love to go back. Tanya was a delightful host ; helpful and extremely informative about both the area and about the immediate surrounds.
( It was a great base to explore the Table Lands from )
The cottage was delightful and private. So comfortable and attractively set up, with everything we needed in such a beautiful setting. The birdlife was fascinating too - especially the owls which we suspected were nesting whilst we were there.
Thank you so much for a great break - a real treat!

Room Tip: lovely ,secluded, romantic retreat.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

The most beautiful and relaxing place to stay in the tablelands!!!
The cabin was clean, the bed was super comfy and the spa bath topped it all off. We fished in the dam, had a camp fire and loved the BBQ on the deck. Barking Owl is a short drive to most activities the tablelands has to offer or you can spend all day relaxing on the property. We will definitely stay here again. Thanks Tanya & Chris.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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BarkingWeb, Owner at Barking Owl Retreat, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Hi Nicole,

Thank you for taking the time to review our retreat. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Tanya
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Sydney
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

A warm welcome by Tanya and lots of handy info was wonderful. Our cottage Devils Lair is the most private one and just so peaceful. Delightful views over green fields and trees and lots of birds around in the bushes and the trees and overhead. The deck is just great to sit and have brekkie or read and relax or have a wine and fire up the bbq. The surrounding area is wonderful to drive around and see lots of birds of prey as we did and it is very central to everything too so a good base.Make sure to go to the little bakery at Tolga and have a fresh cream bun!! Highly recommend this place and we hope to return one day.Incredibly friendly and welcoming hosts.If you go in July or August you may be lucky to see the Barking Owls as they breed at that time.

Room Tip: Devils Lair is definitely the one to ask for for more privacy.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

My wife and I had a 1 night getaway at this lovely property. We were impressed with the cleanliness and completeness of the cabin. Every thing you could need layed out in a sensible manner. The Cabins were furnish beautifully and the bed was a Goldilocks one. We had dinner in Yungaburra which is only 10 mins away.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Loved staying here with the family.
Close to Tinaroo dam, near Tolga pub(good meal) and lots of tourist things to do.
Kids loved having a BBQ the back deck ,the spa and roasting marshmallows on the fire near the large dam on the property.
Love to come back!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Barking Owl Retreat
Address: 409 Hough Rd | Kairi, Atherton, Queensland 4872, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Atherton
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Atherton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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