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Reviewed 27 October 2012

A 2 week Tablelands birding trip found us spending 3 fantastic nights & days of rainforest & animal magic at Black Bean Cottage. Loads of birds, Betongs, possums & enjoyable walks. Unfortunately no tree kangaroos but a daily Platypus appearance. Five star scenery & wildlife with a comfortable, dry, roomy rustic cottage sporting adequate facilities. Would love to return with grandchildren as so different from WA.

Date of stay: October 2012
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Yet again Possum valley was everything we expected and more. Our bird list was enormous with sightings of Satin and Golden bower birds both in their bowers. Luck was not on our side as we again did not see the illusive tree kangaroo but we did get some good sightings of the platypus down at the main pond.
We thoroughly recommend this unique and beautiful part of the tablelands. Paul has a special place, a bit rustic, a bit quirky and very different to the normal soulless accommodation on offer else where.
If you want a rustic cabin full of personality with wildlife, birds by the bucket load and rainforest charm then Possum valley is for you. If you want spotless, mindless, soulless perfection with not an ounce of personallity then choose somewhere else.
Thanks again Paul for a wonderful time.

Room tip: Choose Blackbean cottage for pond side platypus and eel viewing choose Maple cottage for best viewling of the paddymelons on the lawn ask Paul to show you where the golden bower bird bower is
Date of stay: September 2012
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

We (2 couples) stayed at Blackbean cottage recently and had a wonderful time. Don't come if you want 5 star shiney marble kitchen tops and glistening latest fashion bathroom. But if you want an unforgetable peaceful and wildlife filled stay then do. The cottage is 'rustic' but comfy. The wildlife is awesome. We saw platypus, tree kangaroo, paddymelon, different kinds of possum and lots of birdlife. Sitting on the verandah by the lake is unbelievably peaceful. Paul is very welcoming and helpful.

Date of stay: November 2011
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3  Thank rafiki88
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

if you read the visitor book for the last 12 years you will read nothing but praise for possum valley.
we have been visiting for 12 years as a copule and with our expanding family and are still enthralled by peace and quiet,possums, platypi, tree roos and the rainforest.

yes the rainforest ,and so sometimes the rainforest is wet and damp so lets ignore the comments about dampness !!

Date of stay: October 2011
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1  Thank mark c
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

We stayed in Black Bean cottage for 3 nights mid August and enjoyed every minute of it. The variety of wildlife in the surrounding rainforest was amazing - we spotted a tree kangaroo, possums, platypus, scrub turkeys, all kind of birds and the list goes on.

We did not encounter any cockroaches, mildew and mold as the previous reviewers have mentioned. The possum who lived in the games room added to the experience (we nicknamed him Leaky) as did the duck (Ralph) and the possums (the 3 amigos) who visited us every evening looking for food.

We walked the trails around the property and visited the local waterfalls and the very helpful tourist info in Ravenshoe. Paul (the owner) also showed us around and pointed out a lot of the plants only found in rainforests and explained about the ecosystem.

If you are looking for 5 star sterile accommodation then this isn't the place for you. If you want a memorable stay somewhere very peaceful with amazing scenery and wildlife then go visit.

PS Be warned that it is cold at night in the winter as you are at over 3000ft but at least it isn't wet!

Date of stay: August 2011
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3  Thank Rovers_Girl2
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