About this listing
2 Rooms-The big Ulysses Blue Room with huge futon and gorgeous big windows. The Ruby Red Room with large comfy bed. Both in a comfortable, colourful artists house with lush swimming pool and outdoor entertaining area. New aircons in both rooms
Please note that there are 2 bedrooms available. This listing is for the big Ulysses Blue Room with king sized raised futon and gorgeous big windows.
Here's the link to the listing for the other Ruby Room :)
Both in a comfortable, colourful artists house with a lush swimming pool and outdoor entertaining area.
During quiet season I will sometimes offer sales :) and drop the prices from the usual $57/$47pn for the 1st person in the big/smaller rooms. When you book a sale price an extra charge of $5pn will be added if you choose to use the aircon.
As well as your room you will have access to:
> The fully equipped kitchen - including juicer, food processor, smoothy maker etc..
> Zazen water filter for super yummy drinking water!
> Ground coffee and a french press to brew it in. Or you can walk to the cafes 2min away to get an array of different blends/styles/etc..
> Shared bathroom with great shower
> Laundry and laundry liquid
> The basics - tea, coffee, sugar, oil, salt and spices etc., soaps, small bathroom supplies like shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, cotton tips, bedding and towels.
> Unlimited wifi
> IPod Dock (4) and charger (5/6)
> International power adapters to use while you are here
> The Ulysses Blue Room has a TV and DVD player and a selection of DVDs
> The pool
> The back patio for chill time. Day bed, swing seat, dining area..
> Two bicycles which you can use for free
> If you need something scanned/printed I am happy to do it for you :)
Interaction with guests
I have traveled a lot myself and stayed with people all over the world so am aware of travelers needs and what makes for a good experience :)
I can easily provide you with loads of local information re swimming spots, where to find the best food and local entertainment, tours etc.
I am often home though do go away at times.
When I am away I have a friend who lives nearby who manages the house so she can help with anything you need :) When I'm home I am happy to give you space or share meals and hang out depending on how much work I have or how our schedules work out. I'm also up for dropping people into town when I can, taking people to the river for swims when time allows and will invite guests to dance classes, local art exhibitions and other events whenever possible :)
The Local Area:
This really is the best part of town! It's a quiet neighbourhood and just out of the town center enough to be relaxed, without being too far away. (It's a 10 minute drive to the center of town)
There are loads of great cafes nearby and all you will need including a bakery, butcher, lots of options for yummy food - sushi, Thai, Chinese, an Asian grocer, bottle shop and a small supermarket all a 3 min walk away.
The bigger, cheaper supermarket, post office and chemist are about a 10min walk away.
The Botanical Gardens are just up the road, free and well worth a look!
The Tanks Arts Center is also within walking distance and has lots of great exhibitions and events (I've seen some great music there!)
There are 2 bush walks you can do close by - a 1hr return trek - The Red Arrow, and and 5hr return trek - The Blue Arrow.
There is supreme bird watching down the road at Centenary Lakes - I saw Pelicans there recently! We have Rainbow Bee Eaters out the front of the house, Sunbirds, Kookaburras and more and a good bird book for people who are interested, and we get Green Tree Frogs and Birdwing and Ulysses butterflies in the back yard :)
There are 2 bus routes close by that run every half hour or more to/from the center of town at the Lake St Terminal/Cairns City Mall. You can catch a 130 or 131
There are 2 bicycles for you to use for free :)
It takes 20-40min to ride into town and you can do most of it along the coast.
Walking is also a good option as there is lots to see. You can walk into town, along the coast in under an hour.
A taxi to/from the airport or into the town center costs about $18 each way. Airport pick ups and drop offs can sometime be arranged for $15 each way, depending on the time/s and our availability.
There is plenty of space for parking.
The tours for the Great Barrier Reef all leave from the Reef Fleet Terminal at the Pier in town. You can head in in any of the ways listed above, or arrange for some of the tour operators to pick you up from the old post office or The Lakes Resort just around the corner from the house.
Other things to note
As with most tropical destinations there is dengue fever in Cairns. You would be highly unlucky to get it but we like to do everything possible to avoid it anyway. It is good to bring some insect repellant containing DEET (don't worry if you can't as we always have some here) and avoid the stripey day time mosquitos which are the only ones that carry the virus. Thanks to science 84% of the dengue mosquitos in this area are no longer able to transmit dengue to people.
The usual basic respect and cleanliness. Please pick up after yourself and leave the house as you found it.
You break it, you fix it.
Please turn off all lights/power points/etc at the wall when not being used. We have solar panels on the house so conservation is key :)
Only use the airconditioners when you really need to and make sure you shut the doors and windows when you do.
Same with the clothes drier, please only use it when you have to and dry things on the line when you have time/then sun is shining :)
No smoking inside.
Pets are ok so long as they are house trained, reasonably quiet and don't chew things they shouldn't!
You can come and go as you please but must be respectful of others - i.e. keep it down when others are sleeping.
Back door key stays in the back door.
Please shut the windows in the big room and lock the front and back doors so the house is secure when you go out.
Please do not bring strangers home.
Respect my things! You are welcome to read any books in the bookshelf - just leave them in the same shape you found them in :)
I am a dancer/dance teacher. I've been running my own dance school for the last 9 years. Love art, travel, food, books, music and good people!
NYC is one of my favourite places on the planet though I've traveled a fair bit and am looking forward to seeing/experiencing more!
I am easy going and friendly and love showing people my little piece of paradise!