Atherton Blue Gum Bed & Breakfast Accommodation


Thank you for visiting our pages. If you have used our services, please email your comments and we will add them to this guestbook.

Back to Home Page

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 goal.

 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.

Yours Sincerely

Bianca & Jens Herrnberger,
Hanover, Germany

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 the balcony.

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 Switzerland!

Andrew & Heidi Stones,
Winterthur, Switzerland

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 to Oz.
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 Queensland.
John, after visiting the Cathedral Fig Tree, we attempted to visit the Lookout you mentioned to locate the Fairy Wrens, but only travelled 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.
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 and Karin  from Germany

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.
Tasmania. <>

"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 <>
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 <>
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.
Kind regards Norm Boniface."

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 right.

Anne & Francis Parkes <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 Company '
Moey Moey <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <declan.w.o'>
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 <>
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.
leon and helen english <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
Old Saybrook, CT USA - Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 22:37:11 (CDT)

Cairnsからわずか1時間のところにこんな所があったなんて。まだまだ日本人旅行者には目新しいかも知れませんが、オーシャンクルーズ、熱帯雨林、そしてこのAthertonのサバンナ、高原のさわやかさ、イギリスとみまちがわんばかりの風景。なんと贅沢な変化に富んだCairnsへの旅となることでしょう。お宿は、Bluegum BBで決まりです。とてもフレンドリーなご夫婦と5人(!)のかわいい子供たちで、親戚の家に立ち寄った気分になることでしょう。
Hiromi Hattori <>
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 <>
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 Sally
Bob and Sally Atherton <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 germany.
Karin und Christoph Ullrich <>
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 <>
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 <>
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.
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
Hong Kong, 
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 <;>
Hong Kong 
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 <>
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 <>
Riga, Latvia 
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 back!
Peter and Susan <>
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 <>
Ringsted, Denmark 
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 < >
Eerbeek, Netherlands 
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 <>
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.
Balikpapan, INDONESIA 
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 <>
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 <>
Paris, France 
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 <>
shanghai, P.R.China 
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 <>
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 <>
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
Townsville, Australia 
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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, its luxury to have breakfast served on the veranda. We had a very enjoyable time.
Tom & Rose Torrance <>
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 <>
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 <>
Limassol, Cyprus 
Great location, great lodgings, great people, great food and outstanding home brew are but a few of the reasons to visit the Donovan's 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 <>
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.
Brian Unwin
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 <>
Perth, WA Australia 
One of the nicest spots on the continent but really the nicest family on it
Huber Gerd <>
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 <>
Sydney, NSW Australia 
We would have liked to have stayed longer, it felt like we were coming Home.
Henrik Julke & Erika Gren
Stockholm, Sweden 
Thanks for the hospitality on our recent work trip
Sheila Sutherland 
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 <>
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 <>
Melbourne, Vic Australia 
You have a wonderful house. We look forward to relaxing on your verandah and enjoying your warm hospitality
Kylie Purvis <>
Darwin, NT Australia 

copyright @ Atherton Blue Gum B&B 2008