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Dear Helen and John,
This is Bianca and Jens who were your guests in Sep 2008.Now being back at home in
Germany found back to daily routine and reviewing all the pictures by our own or with
friends we would like to give you feedback and say thank you.
We started planning this four week trip we put emphasis on
discover and explore nature and getting in touch with locals. So this
trip should not be the typical pool or beach vacation you usually do
when you just need a 2 week break.
After all the travel we did and now looking back we can say that our entire trip met this
On that 8 day round trip "Discovery drive" you both provided us outstanding accommodation and service!
You are different compared to others! We appreciated your friendly, individual reception. We appreciated your upgrade on the
house up on the hill. Even though we were lucky and not everyone is getting this. We appreciated the comprehensive
information about the house and the surrounding nature from John. We appreciated introduction to the
English couple already there for one week. Gave us opportunity for chat in the kitchen with cup of coffee or tea. We appreciated the comprehensive
information about a place to go for dinner (at last we joined the club at the edge of town with the buffet , it was really good
!) We appreciated your rooted to the
soil personality, always offering us access to nature, people and life.
We hope that this will encourage you to give more traveller's insight to this beautiful country. Moreover We will tell our friends of
you. Whenever you are around Hannover or Berlin (I remember John was here long time ago) and you need assistance do not hesitate to
give us a call.
Again we have to say thanks and we appreciate to have been your guests.
Bianca & Jens Herrnberger,
Dear John, Helen and family,
We're back home in Switzerland now and
readjusting to the colder and wetter weather! We'd like to thank you again for
the great hospitality you showed us, the excellent directions for our day trips
around the Tablelands and of course the very enjoyable family dinner and wine on
We wish you all the best for the future and please put us
down on your list of places to visit (in Winterthur) along with Murg for
Andrew & Heidi Stones,
For the record, thanks for a wonderful stay and all the superb and extensive
'inside knowledge'. What a revelation the tablelands were! We would love to
come back and do it full justice, as there was so much we missed, with us just
having the few days. The platypuses (or should it be platypi?), the mugging
rock wallabies and the roo ridden golf course were the highlight of our trip
Thanks again and we hope Cyclone Larry is not to unkind.
John & Sandra Freeman
Aberdeen, Scotland, GB.
John and Helen. First of all, we want to thank you for our enjoyable
time with you at the Blue Gum. Wonderful accommodation and the
friendly hospitality of you and your children made us feel right at home.
I would highly recommend your Bed and Breakfast to anyone who is
travelling to the Tablelands - especially your breakfasts! The time
we spent with you and your children was
just as memorable as the scenic Tablelands area. Thanks for sharing
your expertise on places to visit in your area. Seeing the Atherton
Tablelands was one of the highlights to our visit to North
John, after visiting the Cathedral Fig Tree, we attempted to
visit the Lookout you mentioned to locate the Fairy Wrens, but only
about a kilometre down the road before deciding that one of the very
steep descents was probably not passable in our rented vehicles. However, to top off our wonderful visit to your Atherton Tablelands, I
spied a Red Backed Fairy Wren family on a fence near the road as we made
our way back out. This led to about 15 minutes of an intense photography,
as Irene and I gave our shutter fingers a real workout. Hopefully,
we have some decent pics to show for it that we'll be able to send later.
It was fun, no matter.
Ruben Ayala (and of course Andy & Heidi, Irene, Gloria and Elisabeth)
Coppell, Texas, USA
Vielen Dank für die Gastfreunschaft von Helen und John. Unser Aufenthalt in
Atheron wird uns unvergeßlich bleiben. Die Tablelands sind eine wunderschöne
Landschaft und für alle Australienreisenden sehr zu empfehlen. Wasserfälle,
Vulkankrater, der subtropische Regenwald und die sehr freundlichen Australier
sind einmalig. Besonderen Dank an unsere Gastgeber, die uns durch ihr Wissen
Tips gaben, uns bei der Planung unserer Tagesrouten halfen und jederzeit für uns
Ansprechpartner waren. Wir wollen wiederkommen.
Thank you Helen and John for your hospitality. We will
always remember our holidays in Atherton. The tablelands are a
beautiful landscape and we can only recommend this area to everyone. The
waterfalls, the vulcano lakes, the rainforest and the friendly
Australiens are unique.
Gerhard, Martin, Pauline and Karin from Germany
Thanks a lot to our hosts Helen and John. With their knowledge they
helped us to find beautifull spots. Without them it would have been
impossible having such a beautiful holiday.
We want to come back.
Gerhard, Martin, Pauline
und Karin Jung
aus Deutschland, Bobenheim, Roxheim den
Hi guys. We are back in nice, wet Auckland now. Just wanted to
thank you, for our enjoyable stay. We loved the area and had a great time exploring. The weather did clear
after we left you, and we walked around Granite Gorge in the sun. Then the rain set back in, until we arrived back at Port Douglas a couple of days
later. Our last 3 days were blue and warm, so that was nice. Anyway,
thanks again. Take care.
Stacey and Martin Campbell,
Auckland, New Zealand.
"To John, Helen & family, Thank you for a very enjoyable stay (July 2005), in your part of Australia,
we had a great time & hope to return someday. Your accommodation is very comfortable & most of all clean.
Keep up the good work! Thank you again."
John & Dennyse Groves.
"Dear John & Helen, We really enjoyed our brief stay with you
in March 2005, and wish we could have spent a few more nights with you to
explore the Tablelands more fully. Many thanks again for
your hospitality and for all your helpful advice about getting to see the local area."
Ed & Jacey Jackson <Family@2jays.co.uk>
Winchester, United Kingdom.
"Our stay at Blue Gum, in March 2005, was very relaxing - homely comfortable accommodation, and
wonderfully welcoming hosts with a wealth of information about things to do and
see. Each day started with a fabulous breakfast on the deck, complete with a
panoramic view and close-up encounters with native birds. We could not have been
more comfortable, and in a location central to all the many attractions we
wanted to visit. Thanks for your warm hospitality and easy manner, it really
added a lot to our holiday."
Alison & John Fleming <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wellington, New Zealand
"Dear Helen, John and the little "Von Donovan's".
What a way to culminate
our recent visit to Far North Qld! We are only sorry it was our last night on
our very busy schedule and flew out the next day from Cairns - Joan and Claude
(USA) to Adelaide and me back home to Brisbane. While the weather was beyond
your control, all other facets of our stay in the Atherton area were very
pleasant, due mainly to your attention to our specific requirements. Helen, keep
up your welcoming cuppa and info session! The filling breakfast overlooking the
nearby valley and mountain ranges from your front deck, your tips on what to see
locally on a wet day and that brilliant recitation by your beautiful children
really captured the hearts of my overseas guests, and mine too, of course! Thank
you for showing my overseas friends what real Australian families are made of!
And what a great and safe country this is to travel in. Keep up your good work
in the tourism industry. Establishments like yours make it easy for people like
me to recommend the value-for-money B&B circuit. It was such a shame that we
had so short a time with you. I hope to make it longer next time.
Norm Boniface, Brisbane, Australia.
Dear John and Helen,
Many thanks indeed for looking after us so well
when we were in
Atherton. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We
are beginning to get over the long flight back to UK. Also, my thanks
for giving us all the local info for our day trips out in the area.
We both feel that the Atherton Tablelands is well worth a visit - and
not just as a day trip out from Cairns, (and they only go out to Kuranda
for the Railway and Skyrail....!).
When we stayed in the Blue Mountains they had the same problem with day
visits from Sydney, with the area not being advertised enough in its own
Anne & Francis Parkes <Francisparkes@aol.com>
Puddletown, Dorset, U.K.
Hello to John and Helen and the gang. Thank you
so much for all your kindness, hospitality, and genuinely wonderful
company. Even in such a short time, we trully felt like part of the
family. The tours were exceptional and we really appreciate all the long
hours that you spent with us -- definitely a unique experience and we're
proud to say that we've 'gone bush' :) Thank you again! Lots of love to
all the little ones!
Inna, Elina, Anna <email@example.com>
Chicago, IL US -
Hello to John, Helen and family! We had such a
lovely time staying at your "B and B" that we thought we'd say
a few words on your behalf. Your thoughtfulness, local knowledge and
lovely home made our holiday a wonderful experience. Thankyou for all
your excellent advice and efforts on our behalf. Have a prosperous and
happy 2003. Jackie and Ben
Jackie and Ben
Australia - Sunday, March 02, 2003 at 21:09:44 (CST)
G'day, Helen and John! We're home and back to
work in New Jersey, USA after a wonderful vacation in Australia and New
Zealand. Ann, John and I (Gregg) want to thank you from the bottoms of
our heart for the fantastic full day tour of the Outback. We had the
most exciting time on our 1 month Holiday as Australians put it :)The
scenery was beautiful and the lunch we had by the billabong which Helen
prepared was delicious. Ann loved your home grown Mango and we have
never seen one so large! The whole day was packed with scenery from
Mount Mulligan, watching kangaroos, winery to hand feeding the
Wallabies. Memories we will absolutely never forget. We have film we are
getting developed so we can send you pics once they are done. We hope to
return to the Land Down Under one day soon and when we do we will be
contacting you again as we would like to stay at your Bed and Breakfast
and go on further tours as well deeper into the Outback. I will
definately recommend your services to anyone I know who may be going to
Australia. Once again, Thank you very much for all your kindness and
knowledge as you made our day more special then it could ever be! Thank
you very much, Gregg, Ann and John.
Gregg McKeown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Freehold, NJ United States - Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 11:14:07 (CST)
A wonderful place to stay with hosts John and
Helen going out of their way to make us feel welcome. The area is
stunning and with Johns help we explored the tablelands and had the best
time. The homebrew was an enjoyable end to our days. We came as guests
and left as friends, and have told everyone we know, to stay at Blue
Gum! We will be back!!
Jason & Candice Zaviska
Brisbane, QLD Australia - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 22:34:13 (CST)
An oasis of peace and a fountain of knowledge
that will help any holiday in the Atherton Tablelands Region so much
better. A great family holiday venue, with lovely rooms and good
facilities. John And Helen are kind and knowledgeable hosts who make a
positive difference to your stay in the area. Highly recommended by
myself and my 3 children. They didn't want to leave at all!!
David Ebsary <email@example.com>
Bundaberg, QLD Australia - Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at 09:14:29 (CST)
Bluegum is value for money. It's well located
and visit to other place of interests is within easy reach. John and
Helen are excellent host and make you feel at home. We got good
directions and tips for sightseeing,adventure and chinese food. Last but
not least, we had an enjoyable 4 nites stay with them and their adorable
kids. With lots of love and appreciation from Singapore == ' Moey and
Moey Moey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Singapore - Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at 06:50:06 (CST)
Thank-you so much for an enjoyable stay. We were
looking for somewhere to impress our visitors from Adelaide and you came
through with flying colours they enjoyed the whole experience and so did
I and my family as well. We look forward to making a booking in the
future .. also breakfast was fantastic out on the balcony it got us
going for the day. All the best ! John, Manju, Amika and Adrian /
Jasmine & Borady and Sanjanish.
John Cox & Co <email@example.com>
Townsville, QLD Australia - Sunday, January 05, 2003 at 19:24:56 (CST)
Our stay on B&B Blue Gum was incridile,
thanks to the hosts, Helen and John. They have some lovely rooms and
were very kind to tell us about the meny offers Atheton Tableland holds.
Unfortunately all of our sleep-overs in Australia was planned, otherwise
we would have loved to stay there a couple of days more. We very much
hope for a chance to come back some other time.
Orla & Anne-Marie Vitting <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Støvring, Denmark - Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 12:41:31 (CST)
It was late and dark, we were tired and a little
anxious as to where we would rest our weary heads that night, but when
we finally found Blue Gum, John immediately made us feel so welcome.
Staying the night, was one of the highlights of our stay in Queensland.
Great hospitality and local tips. Thanks guys.
Declan O'Neill <email@example.com>
dublin, ireland - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 16:00:52 (CDT)
Can I firstly say your B&B in Atherton was
one of the very best places we stayed in on our tour of Australia, New
Zealand and Fiji. Secondly, the meal we had in Yungaburra (BYO
Restaurant - the "Burra Inn") was without doubt the best meal
we had on our entire trip. I agree entirely with you that the tropical
tablelands are not only one of Australia's best kept secrets but one of
the world's. It should be an essential part of every visitor's tour of
the Northern Eastern part of Australia. Given my background as a
Professor of Tourism in Scotland and an ex CEO of the Scottish Tourist
Board please feel free to use this feedback. Best wishes.
Derek Reid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Perth, Scotland - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 21:09:23 (CDT)
während unseres urlaubes in den atherton
tabelandes haben wir bei john und helen eine super unterkunft bekommen.
bed and breakfast, nette gastgeber, gemütliches frühstück, reisetips
für die region, kuscheliges schlafzimmer, familiäre atmosphäre,
preiswete übernachtung, kurz um es war ein wunderschöner aufenthalt...
john and helen all the best!! nicole and martin.
nicole und martin lehmann
karlsruhe, germany - Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 14:48:34 (CDT)
Our three night stay with you was a memorable
part of our six week holiday in the eastern states. North Queensland is
a wonderful place with so much to see and do. We enjoyed watching the
platypus at your special viewing spot. One little fellow got within
about three metres of me as I sat and waited patiently at the waters
edge. If you ever make it to Perth in Western Australia please come and
stay at our B&B Possum Creek Lodge in the Perth Hills.
and helen english <email@example.com>
perth, WA Australia - Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 06:53:34 (CDT)
We stayed 5 nights at bluegum, our daughter Liz
became firm friends with the kids. John and Helen were hospitable,
helpful and great hosts. The outback tour was a top moment of our
holiday as was homebrew on the blue gum veranda! We arrived as guests
and left as friends.
peter abell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cardiff, Wales - Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 16:30:48 (CDT)
Helen and John were exceptional hosts and the
view across the valley form their house was beautiful and relaxing. We
felt right at home. They gave us great directions and tips for
sightseeing. We even got to see some Platypus in the wild. Thanks Helen.
Next time back we just might do the outback with John.
Tom Gardner <email@example.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 15:46:18 (CDT)
We booked Blue Gum B@B through the internet, and
though the web site was very informative, we knew little about the
place. Now we can say that the few days we spent with John, Helen and
their wonderful children were the best days for us in Australia. We
would never have been able to see so much of Australia without John's
tours. John showed us the most beautiful, untouched places, which we
would certainly miss going with commercial tours. John's extensive
knowledge of the area, his willingness to share this knowledge, his
openness to the world, and his intelligence made these tours the most
interesting part of our trip. We enjoyed the vacation much more not only
because John shared such remote places in Australia with us, but also
because we were in the company of kind, good-hearted people. Thank you
John and Helen.
Helen, Michael and Paul Rabinovich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Old Saybrook, CT USA - Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 22:37:11 (CDT)
Fujisawa, Kanagawa Japan - Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 08:41:45 (CDT)
What a wonderful time we had with you. The
advise and helpful hints about the area made the stay special. I'm glad
we got the web site working but sorry we could not pull out a victory
for Australia over S. Africa. John and Mary Elizabeth Breuninger,
Bennett, Colorado, USA
John and Mary Elizabeth Breuninger <email@example.com>
bennett, CO USA - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 18:52:21 (CDT)
G'day, Helen and John! We're at home and back to
work after a wonderful stay in Sydney. Taronga Zoo is splendid and the
Botanical Gardens were beautiful even in Winter. The performance at the
Opera House was really world-class and fitting for such a remarkable
structure. And, yes, we even got to see the whales in the Harbor!
However nice the attractions of Sydney, we quickly missed the quiet,
uncrowded Tablelands. What a beautiful place! And surrounded by so many,
varied beautiful places -- Lake Barrine, the Curtain and Cathedral Figs
and the Waterfall Tour out of Milaa-Milaa. Of course, for me as the
birdwatcher, Hastie's Swamp and the Mareeba Wetlands stand out. Mustn't
forget your Platypus Hole: Not only the Platys but a Sea Eagle, to boot!
With so many interesting, exciting and beautiful places within easy
reach of the Blue Gum Bed and Breakfast, we really regretted having to
leave so soon. And it's true that the warmth of our host and hostess and
the children topped it all off wonderfully. Say, you didn't mention
Faulty Towers! Probably just as well: Sally has memorized most of the
scripts and had we started, the nice German couple would have been
really confused. But we are forewarned now, Basil! Next time. Bob and
Bob and Sally Atherton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Augusta, GA USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 19:12:55 (CDT)
We selected Blue Gum off the internet and were
not quite sure what to expect. However the warm and helpful greeting by
Helen soon put us at rest as we settled in to our comfortable
bedroom/lounge. John came down later to brief us on what to see/do/eat
etc. then suggested a couple of things to do before nightfall. The
excellent breakfasts were served in a pleasant family environment, with
the beautiful children at a respectful distance! Our hosts were very
helpful in making bookings to nearby restaurants, which seemed to be
very well patronised. We valued the opportunity - at John's direction
-in seeing platypus in the wild. It was worth while getting up early.
Thanks again, John and Helen, in making our stay such a memorable one.
Ian and Pat Cox <email@example.com>
Brisbane, Qld Australia - Saturday, August 03, 2002 at 05:04:56 (CDT)
My favorite part of the two week vacation I
spent in Oz was the three days we spent at John and Helen's. The Blue
Gum is absolutely charming, as well as being peaceful and relaxing.
Helen is a wonderful cook, and John was hilarious in addition to being a
great tour guide. Who knew we could have Faulty Towers scenes enacted
over homebrew? High standards for a B&B, way beyond our
expectations. I have already started recommending their place to my
Aussie and US friends, and hope to visit them again the next time I can
get to Queensland.
Katherine Sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Madison, WI USA - Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 13:45:15 (CDT)
You have a very nice home and a wounderful
family. Thank you for an excelent stay in the Atherton Blue Gum
Guesthouse. Karin and Christoph Ullrich, your first guests from east
Karin und Christoph Ullrich <email@example.com>
Neu Jabel, M/V Germany - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 17:23:31 (CDT)
We had a fantastic stay in great comfort. Big
rooms, separate bathrooms and walk in robes. The breakfast was
professionally done and was excellent. John and Helen definitely do a
fantastic job, 11/10!!
Brad & Nic <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Australia - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 08:28:38 (CDT)
It was great especially playing with the kids.(
Matthew - 8 1/2 years old). Thanks John and Helen for a great stay
whilst showing my son around his Nana's area of Herbeton. The rooms were
very comfortable on the cool nights, and the view of the valley is
beautiful. All the best to you and the children. John
John and Matthew Connolly
Brisbane, QLD Australia - Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 19:19:33 (CDT)
Many thanks to John and Helen for a wonderfully
restful stay and a great breakfast. We very much enjoyed meeting you and
your family and wished we could have stayed longer than our one night.
We would thoroughly recommend your B&B to anyone who is visiting the
area. Best wishes, Ron and Sara Keen, Dunedin, New Zealand
Ron and Sara Keen <email@example.com>
Dunedin, New Zealand - Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 20:13:01 (CDT)
Helen & John, Thanks for a restful stay.
Hospitality and friendliness were greatly appreciated. Accommodation and
breakfasts were wonderful. Our daughter, Catherine, loved to play with
your children in the house and in the garden.
Mike, Mary and Catherine
Cardiff, Wales - Thursday, June 13, 2002 at 07:02:34 (CDT)
Wonderful place for a rest, enjoyed our stay immensely, many thanks
to our hosts for making us feel so welcome, pity about the "poor
Scotch !!!" We will certainly be returning.
Eric, Vera & Shirley Williams
Townsville/Adelaide, Qld/SA Australia
Dear Helen & John. Thank you for you hospitality and wonderful
view from your deck. John, many thanks for the safe transfer from Ellis
Beach and back to Cairns. We enjoyed your company and wealth of local
knowledge and look forward to returning and having a drink with you. We
have told our family and friends about you little patch of heaven. Best
of luck for the future.
GERRI & RUSSELL <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Langwarrin, Vic Australia
Helen & John: My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the
Blue Gum, especially the long conversations on Friday evening during
"Happy Hour." We left Atherton feeling like we'd stayed with
friends. We also really appreciate John's taking time out to show us
where we could (successfully) see a platypus. Hope to see you again
sometime in the near future. Gene and Gene
Gene Wilde <email@example.com>
Lubbock, TX USA
Thanks Helen and John for a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. With
your guidance we managed to see the Tablelands from north to south, with
some detours in between. A marvellous time!
Cindy and David Bell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sydney, NSW Australia
John and Helen: when we arrived, we were so disappointed to see you
were not there that we nearly went away... Thank God we didn't as you
came home at last and we have been able to enjoy a great day in the
outback with John! I will never forget and I will certainly be back with
my husband, as soon as we can! Thanks again for your hospitality!
Constance Cohen <email@example.com>
It was wonderful staying in Blue Gum, the room is nice and clean. The
most important thing was I had a very good time with the kids: Amy, Meg,
Kate, Jack, Tom. Helen cooks so well and John is a very good guide in
explaining everything. In my opinions, staying in Blue Gum is much much
nicer than staying in a big hotel.
Penny Chan <firstname.lastname@example.org;
John & Helen - thanks very much for your warm and friendly
hospitality. We enjoyed our stay very much. It was nice to arrive to a
very clean and comfy place after just driven 7hrs from Karumba on the
Gulf of Carpentaria. The views from the verandah were spectacular. If we
had longer we would have extended our stay but time was tight. We shall
be sure to return to your lovely pole home one day and we will
definitely recommend to our friends who visit The Tablelands to stop in
at Blue Gum B&B. We recommend to all those that here is a fantastic
restaurant called Nick's Swiss/Italian at Yungaburra, great food &
reasonably priced and great atmosphere. Thanks again.
Julie Thomas & Glenn Thomson <email@example.com>
Gosford, NSW Australia
Liked is so much the first time, came back for some more of that good
old country hospitality, second to none. See you again?
Glen & Bill Soper
Miriwinni, Qld Australia
Greetings from Latvians! We enjoyed very much our stay at Blue Gum.
The intention was to stay only for one night but after such great
welcome from John and Helen we decided to spend there one more night.
The hosts are lovely and VERY helpful people and we would recommend Blue
Gum to all our friends that will come to Australia!!! Inga & Vigants
Inga & Vigants <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although we live only one hour away in Cairns, we decided to escape
the heat and humidity and relax on the cool Atherton Tablelands for a
weekend. Blue Gum was recommended to us by Queensland Rail, and I have
to say that it was the best advice we have received for a long time. We
found the rooms spacious, clean and homely, with an adjoining common
room for next time we bring more friends! We know the area quite well,
being 'locals' but the most important advice I would offer to anyone
reading this site with a view to staying at Blue Gum would be
"Relax with John and Helen, and let them share their extensive
local knowledge, excellent breakfasts, splendid views, ornithology in
the garden, and the best room rates for miles" We were amazed at
how little we knew of the area, and the boundless opportunities John and
Helen can offer. As locals, we are proud to know that tourism in the
area has an honest, friendly and welcome face at Blue Gum. We'll be
Peter and Susan <email@example.com>
Cairns, Qld Australia
To Helen, John and kids, We arrived here Sunday afternoon after being
at Undara - and Nina was having a tooth-ache - and not very happy! But
fortunately Helen has some pain-killer and even a dentist-appointment
Monday, which Nina could take over - so everything turned out great. We
have been very happy for our stay here (2 nights) - and hope we will be
back in a couple of years. We will recommend Atherton Blue Gum to our
friends - and hope to see you all again. If you ever come to Denmark
please don't hesitate to call us: Nina & Klaus Moeller Hoetoften 5,
Gyrstinge 4100 Ringsted Denmark Phone: 57 84 48 34
Sissel, Nikolaj, Klaus & Nina Moeller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
First our intention was to stay only for 1 night. After a warming
welcome from Helen and recommendations to see the local Christmas carols
by some of Atherton’s pre-schools kids, where also Meg and Kate
Donovan performed. After a good nights sleep we decided to stay one more
night. Under the lovely breakfast John told us what we could do during
the day. At the same evening after a wonderful day we decided to stay
two more nights. And guess what… After the two nights we decided to
stay even one more night. The only reason that we couldn’t stay
any longer was that we had a flight from Cairns airport the next
morning. Vir Super Hostem, is Latin and it means something like: A man
who is proprietor for the guests. This is also John’s old family
European heraldry shield since long time ago, but even in our age it’s
still so perfect for Donovan. It’s hard to find any better place in
Queensland than together with John and Helen and all the lovely kids. We
miss you all! Our kids is asking us almost every day how much more money
we need to save before we can go back “Down Under”. Love from Mats,
Marina, Mathias, Marcus and Madeleine from Göteborg, Sweden.
The Blue Gum was our first stop in Australia and a very good
experience. Lovely, helpful people living in a wonderful area. From the
start we felt us at home and Peter explained us how to find our way in
the Atherton Tablelands. We had a nice room with all our privacy. It was a
good start position for our wonderful trip along the east coast all to
Sydney by car.
Pieter-Margreet Hogenbirk <email@example.com >
Hi, there are the Austrians speaking! Sorry for the delay of our
greetings. We miss you! There is quite a snow here in Vienna and pretty
cold! We think a lot about you! Have a good new year! Michaela + Harald
Michaela+Harald Schillinger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vienna, A Austria
We enjoyed very much our stay in the Blue Gum place. We took a nice
and cool rest , compared to the sea shore. We found plenty of nice
places in the Atherton tablelands where to have nice walks in the forest
, where you can swim close to the numerous waterfalls ( our preferred
were the Emerald creek ones). We enjoyed very much the hospitality of
John and Helen whose advices where always good to follow ( listen to
them for the restaurants advices!). And also their nice children.
A great place to stay with Helen's breakfasts now renowned around the
world. We have recommended Blue Gum to all our friends travelling in the
area. Johns knowledge of the area is second to none but we proved you
did not need to rise before dawn to see platypus in the wild.
Mike and Mary Wright <email@example.com>
Newark, Notts England
I enjoyed my staying very much, in the middle of such a sympathetic
family. The tour in the outback was fantastic too, and John is a great
guide. My only regret: I had time for only one night in this place!
Caroline Sévoz-Couche <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Our family enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. The great views with our
breakfast from the verandah. Excellent company of our hosts John and
Helen. Thank you from Terry, Yin, Chu and Qin.
Yinhao Wu <email@example.com>
We enjoyed our stay at Atherton Blue Gum very much. Especially,
wonderful views from verandah, very reasonable price with John &
Helen's warm-hearted welcome, excellent breakfast, even when we order
fruit as additional, the price is still cheap. Clean room and Fresh air.
Hope we can visit again.
Kiyoshi & Yoko Yoshida <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kokubunji, Tokyo Japan
Thanks for the most enjoyable stay in your lovely and well kept Guest
House. The most memorable: Awakening to the soft light over the rolling
hills of the Table Lands - enjoying breakfast on the high veranda.
Gawie & Hannelie Roux <email@example.com>
Mosselbay, South Africa
Congratulations John and Helen on your first class B&B. The 2
nights that we shared your home was lovely, the customer service that you
offered exceeded our expectations. Your home was just perfect for the 2
nights of our honeymoon, not to mention the balcony breakfasts. You have
got it right. THANK YOU ,WELL DONE
Trevor and Kim Larsen
This was our very first stay at a Bed and Breakfast and what an
introduction. Our only regret is that we did not stay at Blue Gum
B&B when we first arrived on the Tablelands. John knows all the
sights to see in the area and gave us so much information on things to
do and see that we would have missed if we had not stayed with them. As
well as being central to all the attractions the Tablelands has to offer
Blue Gum felt like a home away from home, very clean and comfortable.
Our children were made to feel very welcome. John, Helen and family,
Thank you, we will be back.
Andrew, Leeanne, Brayden & Courtenay Millar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Townsville, QLD Australia
We enjoyed our stay at the Atherton Blue Gum B&B very much. The
hospitality we received was of the highest degree, and unmistakably the
best. John and Helen made every effort to make us feel welcome, and part
of their family. All the best.
Asha and Deep <email@example.com>
Bangalore, Karnataka India
We enjoyed our stay at the Atherton Blue Gum B&B very much. The
hospitality we received was of the highest degree, and unmistakably the
best. John and Helen made every effort to make us feel welcome, and part
of their family. All the best.
Asha and Deep <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bangalore, Karnataka India
We stayed two weeks at Blue Gum. Helen and John you have the homely
touch, without being intrusive. The views and the rooms are fantastic,
luxury to have breakfast served on the veranda. We had a very enjoyable
Tom & Rose Torrance <email@example.com>
Sydney, Nsw Australia
We had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay at Blue Gum, fantastic
views and wonderful company with Helen, John and family. Our only regret
is we couldn't stay longer! p.s. the food is another highlight
laura and tony <firstname.lastname@example.org>
london, united kingdom
Our stay was terrific and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would
certainly recommend it. Everyone was so very friendly and your certainly
will not get a better breakfast anywhere. We can certainly recommend the
International Club near by for a great evening out!
Bob & Diane Humphries <email@example.com>
Great location, great lodgings, great people, great food and
outstanding home brew are but a few of the reasons to visit the
in this idylic setting. We always feel like we are home when we stay at
the Atherton B&B. Don't deny yourself the opportunity to relax with
the hosts who really do have the most.
Paul and Julie McMahon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago, IL United States
Breakfast on Blue Gum's verandah, with such a breathtaking view and
the pleasure of White-cheeked Honeyeaters feeding on flowers just feet
away, is such a joy you want it to last all day.
Our stay was very enjoyable with the Donovan family who made us feel
so welcome. Loved the breakfast each morning on the balcony overlooking
Atherton. The accommodation, very comfortable.
Peter & Catherine Toop <email@example.com>
Perth, WA Australia
One of the nicest spots on the continent but really the nicest family
Huber Gerd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Villach, Carinthia Austria
Great house, great service, great thunderstorm viewing and not a bad
drop of home brew. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to stay on
the Tablelands --- congratulations on making your dreams a reality!
Malcolm & Michelle Waldock <email@example.com>
Sydney, NSW Australia
We would have liked to have stayed longer, it felt like we were coming
Henrik Julke & Erika Gren
Thanks for the hospitality on our recent work trip
Brisbane, Qld Australia
Great location, great people. Marvellous welcome Nothing too much
trouble. Local knowledge excellent Key finding services excellent
Recommended highly - hope to revist
Graham & Joan Sinclair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Newark, Notts UK
I enjoyed being part of the family for the few days that I was there.
I made travelling on my own so much easier and nicer!
Heather Selley <email@example.com>
Melbourne, Vic Australia
You have a wonderful house. We look forward to relaxing on your
verandah and enjoying your warm hospitality
Kylie Purvis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Darwin, NT Australia
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