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Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages
Reviewed 23 November 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in Blackbean Cottage and had a wonderful time. The main reason to visit was to see the birds and wildlife. We were not disappointed with Golden Bowerbird and all the high altitude endemics seen. We didn't see a Tree Kangaroo, however our fellow guest did. Plenty of possums and other small animals about. The cottage is basic and comfortable. Paul the host couldn't have been more friendly and helpful.We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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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.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank tb6122
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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.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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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.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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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 !!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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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!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

We stayed at Maple Cottage in August with family members. Initially we had planned to stay for 4 nights but we only stayed one night because we could not cope with the dirt, dust and mould. The bedding which was old and badly worn was green with mildew. We found the musty smell overpowering particularly in the bedrooms. There was cockroach poo on the plates in the kitchen and the plates were chipped. They were running around the kitchen at night and were even on the fridge. The games room was very dirty with a filthy lounge which was ripped and covered in grime. The BBQ area was also dirty and unkempt. The jetty on the pond has wood rot and is unsafe and would be very dangerous to children. My husband ended up suffering an asthma attack from the overpowering mildew spores and we had to leave the next day.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank lauraine e
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Additional Information about Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages

Address: 356 Pickles Rd | Evelyn Central, Ravenshoe, Queensland 4888, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Ravenshoe
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Ravenshoe
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Possum Valley offers 2 self-contained cottages surrounded by rainforest. *Peace & quiet in rainforest, 5km to nearest dwelling *2 self-contained timber cottages, 3 or 4 bedrooms, 6-8 people *Fridge, gas stove, gas BBQ, linen& towels supplied *Wood-fired sauna, games room, TV room, kids tree house, guest laundry *Cool highlands at 1100 m (3600 ft), 156 acres, rainfores walks *Birds & wildlife, tree kangaroos & possums, platypus *Green power from stand-alone hydro/solar *Dams for swimming and row boat *Modest rates ... more   less 

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