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... day when planning where to drive to the next day (got me two free nights accommodation though), I somehow signed up to a skydive and white water rafting... two things that I never ever thought I would willingly do, let alone sign up for... however.. life's too short and you only live it once...I'd rather do it here at this beautiful beach, than in England. Skydive day came, and I spent the day feeling nervous waiting for my bus ...
... was badly damaged by cyclone Larry, rebuilt only to be hammered by cyclone Yasi so there is no longer a resort on the island. It was recently sold to a private owner and there is now only a coffee shop which opens over the weekend.
Under grey skies the following morning we wandered down to the visitor information centre and armed with a copy of the local map we went bushwalking in search of a cassowary. The first walk we ...
... fast and I think my face conveyed what I was thinking! A few choice words may have escaped!
And like that it was done! I can now say I've skydived from 14,000 ft. I think relief was the emotion that then took hold. Relief that we'd actually gone and relief that it was done! I may consider doing one again in the future but not immediately! I'm happy to firmly planted on the ground again!
Afterwards we made ourself some dinner and then literally passed ...
... of goon (goon is a wine that comes in box form for anyone who doesn't know, as you can guess it ain't no sauvignon blanc) consumed in New Zealand. I spent a couple of days in Perth after working to relax and refresh from the early starts and long day's and I took a little time to walk around the city and visit the place's of rememberence dedicated to those lost in both World Wars. Not a lot else really happening in Perth and before I knew it I was sitting in ...
... town for the afternoon proved to be a failure as the 'town' consisted of one row of shops and restaurants, and even that's being generous. We eagerly awaited our pick up back to the hostel and instead spent the evening enjoying the offer of free wine all night. Well, what else were we to do? The following morning brought thumping headaches and our last Greyhound journey of Oz, onwards to Cairns. Check back in soon for the final chapter of our Australian adventure! C, E & H ...
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Fantastic - don't go past it!
Stayed just the one night here.. would have loved to stay longer. If you end up in Mission beach ..don't go past Mick&Sue's door!!
The rooms have lovely balconies to sit out on in the evening. The pool is great! Free beer and soft drinks in the fridge.
We ate in a great restaurant called Blarney's - yum!
Great place to stay ..great breakfast and atmosphere.
the highlight of it all - after spending a few hours trying to come across a cassowary in the forests, one appeared in the morning time right in the B&B's yard - amazing!
We toured Australia for 7 weeks staying at some very nice accommodations but this was definitely one of the best. Mick and Sue cannot do enough for you and as hosts are difficult to beat. Everything they say/claim in their website is true. If you have any interest in birds at all you must stay here - we saw 2 different cassowaries on the property in 2 days (plus 2 more on Bicton Hill!). We would not just visit again but would go out of our way to stay at Licuala Lodge again.
A great place to stay!
We stayed here for 2 nights and couldnt have asked for anything better in Mission Beach! The room was more than comfortable, the breakfast yummy, the pool great and Sue and Mick were great hosts. We even hired bikes from them and had a day exploring the towns and then had our own little BBQ on the balcony. The FREE beer went down a treat!
We have been backpacking for 7 months and this is withoput a doubt one of the best places we have stayed!
Praise from Idaho, USA
Sorry if this is repetitious - but this is a fantastic place to stay. The beauty of the gardens is beyond description. Our room was very comfortable. The breakfast was way beyond what one might expect. And then there are the hosts, Sue and Mike. Go to their Internet site and you will get a feel of the type of people they are. Fun loving, game playing, doing anything to make you feel welcome and enjoy your stay. Don't hesitate to stay at Licuala Lodge even though you can't pronounce it. Even though we are discrimating people we have no negative comments about our stay.
Don"t try the rest try the best.brilliant stay.
what brilliant hosts.nothing,s to much trouble for mick and sue .Even picks you up or drops you off at mission beach .the place they run is wonderful like paridise,food out of this world.Free drinks with meals even beer.Keeps you well informed of all the things you can do while staying at licuala lodge.great web site Mick's set up.If you are thinking of going to mission beach go and have a look
round this place,mick & sue will show you around even if you don,t stay they will try and get you somewhere else to try.But you can take it from myself you will not want to be leaving this place.Keep up the good work ,will be returning very soon.
Friendliest B&B in Queensland
Stayed here a couple of nights. Wished we could have stayed longer. Sue and Mick and great hosts - have great local knowledge and nothing seems too much trouble for them. Great breakfast - try a Full Monty - the best cooked breakfast in the world !!
Pool is fabulous and gardens are stunning.
Mission Beach is a quietish town - but has at least two good resatuarants that we tried - Blarneys and Friends. We can recommend the Butterscotch pudding at Blarneys.
Put Mission beach on your list of places to visit on the East Coast - and Licuala Lodge
This is the one place that we will always remember about our holiday in Oz. Great accommodation, Sue's breakfasts are so yummy. Nice pool and beautiful gardens. We came across two cassowaries whilst we were here - and got to take pictures of them from about one metre. You could almost touch them.
They have four or five shelves full of paperbacks that you can swap, and you just help yourself to beer and soft drinks.
We did a reef trip from here which was excellent and also did a day's Sea kayaking - Attie the guide was really good. We saw lots of turtles and possibly a dugong.
Mission Beach is a good alternative to Cairns which we found a bit too busy and full of tourists.
One night not enough
We could only stay one night at the Licuala Lodge, but would have loved to stay three or four. Our room was in the main house - spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. The house and grounds are fantastic, there isn't one thing I could fault. Excellent breakfast and great value for money. Mick was really helpful in booking a restaurant (he even took us there), and gave us a brilliant itinerary for our journey north. If you are considering booking the Licuala Lodge, don't hesitate.
Great hosts fantastic setting
We stayed for two nights at Licuala Lodge, and can't praise the place highly enough. The setting is quiet,peaceful,yet virtually in the rainforest. The room was of a very high standard with lots of nice touches.
The lounge is a great place to relax with free refreshments!
The breakfasts were amazing and Sue's daily specialities were a highlight.
To top it all Mick and Sue were the perfect hosts.
Stayed at Licula Lodge with my partnet for 2 nights. Breakfast was fantastic, lots of interesting fruits and local produce. Beds were comfy and the owners were really friendly. Mission Beach is just beautiful, we recommend taking a water taxi over to Dunk Island and spending the day there. Would stay here again, 2 nights were not enough.