|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Adventure, Golf, Romantic, City, Ocean, Tropical|
Description from the owner
Why settle for an apartment when you can rent your own spacious and comfortable family home close to the City Centre? Wilks House is a timber Queenslander home of great character with 4 bedrooms (2 Queen beds, and 2 sets of Twin Single beds) 2 modern bathrooms with showers and a bath, a large family room and children's rumpus room, and a very well equipped kitchen for those who like to cook. With high ceilings and polished timber floors, this house was built for our tropical climate .
There is a lovely big back garden for children to play in which is fully fenced and private.Pet friendly for dogs, but not inside the house please.
Large Family House & Garden, close to City Centre
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Additional Location Information
Wilks House is located in a quiet no through road, just 5 - 6 minutes by car from the city centre with views to the wooded hills from the front porch.. It is within walking distance of Stockland Shopping centre at Earlville, which has 2 major grocery stores and many specialty shops. This shopping centre also has a cinema complex. Restaurants, a doctors/dentist surgery, chemist and liquor store are all close by.
Public bus transport is frequent along Mulgrave Road, if you do not have a hire car.
The Esplanade Lagoon swimming pool and children's water park/playground are also easy to get to and a very popular place for locals and tourists to Cairns. Trips to the Great Barrier Reef leave from the reef fleet terminal in town. Skyrail gives you a birds eye view of Cairns as you skim across the top of the rainforest in small cable cars and you have the option of returning by the Kuranda Train. For those who like to explore the area in their own car, we have a list of 'off the beaten track' favourite places to visit, such as Behana Gorge, Davies Creek and the Mareeba wetlands.
Location Type City, Ocean, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in AUD) (change)
|Rate Summary||$251||$251||$1,353 - $1,509||$0||5 nights|
|Feb. 2 2013 - May. 31 2013
|Feb. 2 2013 - May. 31 2013
|Jun. 1 2013 - Jan. 31 2014
|Jun. 1 2013 - Jan. 31 2014
|All Other Dates||$226||$226||$1,353||-||5 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Damage deposit - $389 / stay - Security Deposit
Additional notes from owner
This house has an electricity allowance of $50 per week which is metered. Any use over this amount is paid for by the guests at the supply rate from Ergon Energy. (gas cook top and solar hot water minimize electricity use. Heavy use of aircon will exceed the allowance)
Our terms and conditions of rental may be viewed on our website www.cairnsholidayhomes.com.au There is a security deposit of $400.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 13, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Lovely home in a very convenient location, highly recommended.
Lovely house that really feels like a home. Plenty of space inside and in the garden. Very convenient location for the city centre and close by to a large shopping centre. Lizzie and Nick are very friendly and go out of their way to help make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Response from Nick & Lizzie Marshall - 04/05/2013
Thanks Anna. We are delighted to hear that Wilks felt like home for you while you had your own house renovated. Enjoy your new kitchen! Lizzie & NIck.
Believe or not, the house is so nice!
Our recent trip to Cairns, Australia was fabulous. About 15 years ago, we visited Gold Coast which was another wonderful trip. The difference was we had an independent house in Cairns and we stayed in a hotel in Gold Coast.
We make it a sort of rule to enjoy overseas trip at least once a year. Our basic way is to stay at one place for a week or two at a condominium or an independent house, because we just want to feel how people there enjoy their lives. We so far visited condominiums and independent houses in Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los angles, London and Bath.
I would say the holiday house in Cairns was the best one among all the accommodations we experienced so far. The house is beautifully maintained both inside and outside, neat and comfortable for a long stay. My wife and I flew from Osaka, Japan, and our son's family, his wife and three daughters, flew from Tokyo, and 7 of us enjoyed the stay very much. Our son's family are still thinking that they would like to settle down there if possible.
Usually we have to read the manual to use the house. But this time, it was our first experience that the owner of the house, Nick, came and saw us when we arrived there and gave us proper instructions to use the house, which made us feel relaxed. The friendly chattering with Nick and Lizzie was our another nice memory in Cairns, which will last for many years to come.
Best holiday home in Cairns
Christmas in cairns - What could be better? There's hot & really hot, but my Christmas holiday couldn't have been more enjoyable thanks to the holiday home Lizzie and Nick Marshall have set up.If you're looking for a comfortable home-away-from-home than you can't go past the Wilks holiday house in Bungalow, Cairns. Sure, it's close to the city and all the great shopping just like the advertising says, but the Wilks Home offers that little bit extra I really didn't count on.Lizzie has thought of every detail for you. It's like I packed my bags up and put them down in my own home.Bored, then read a book there's a great selection, play a board game, get on the internet or watch a video - everything is provided. The kitchen is fully stocked (I cooked several meals there and didn't need extra dishes or knives like I've done in the past). There's even an esky (which really came in handy visiting friends). I loved the house the moment I walked in - it really made me feel like home. Lots to do in Cairns, but if all you want to do is sit then grab a glass of wine & head for either the front or back garden of the Wilks house, quite, lovely feeling of serenity.
Thanks again Lizzie and Nick, the family really enjoyed it, can't wait to visit again.
June from Miranda NSW
What a fantastic 2 week holiday!
My family of 7 stayed in this house for 2 weeks in august, 2012. It has everything that you need for a really enjoyable stay. It was spotlessly clean and tidy and there was plenty of space for everyone. Lizzie thought of everything in the kitchen and it was just like being at home. A lovely T.V. room for the children and space to play in a safe back garden. A great location just 5 minutes drive from the city centre but off the main road so not noisy at all. The house just felt welcoming from the minute I stepped through the door so I would definately recommend this place to anyone considering a self catering stay in Cairns - plenty of choice for supermarkets and shopping centres within easy distance and loads of places to visit. Thanks to Lizzie for attention to detail and making this such a good holiday.
Paul and Naomi White
A Comfortable Business Stay at Wilks House
Wilks House in Cairns is an older, comfortable, Queensland style home. Our family of 5 stayed in this house for 2 ½ weeks on one of our work trips, and found it to be pleasant and well catered for. Lizzie greeted us on our arrival at 8pm. She showed us the house and the groceries that she had purchased for us (as previously arranged), then left us to settle in. Courtesies such as supplying groceries were a pleasant surprise and we found both Nick and Lizzie were very accommodating and helpful.
Unfortunately we arrived at a time when Cairns was experiencing highly unusual flooding and the back patio and downstairs area was flooded through on our second day. The downstairs bedroom also smelt a bit damp but we put that down to the rain and dispelled the smell by lighting a few candles. Both Nick and Lizzie were highly apologetic over this all and arrived early the following day to set about cleaning up the mess.
The house itself is large enough with 3 bedrooms upstairs and the aforesaid 1 downstairs. There are nicely kept wood floors, quality linen and excellent pillows on all the beds. A small en-suite completes the main bedroom. There is also a large 2nd bathroom, a small but very well stocked kitchen, lounge room, and also a rumpus/TV room downstairs. This is not modern house, but has all the modern conveniences such as 4 televisions and air conditioners throughout.
Wilks house is in a busy-ish suburbia type area; very close to the city centre and only a few minutes walk from a large shopping centre. Buses also run frequently from the main road situated close by.
It would be nice if the house was screened as the mozzies were fierce (due to the rain?) and we had to keep the windows closed, but as the house was air conditioned this was not an inconvenience. Wilks House was a very nice, home-away-from-home and that Nick and Lizzie were a very pleasant couple. We would be happy to use this house again on future business trips.
Paul and Naomi White
Response from Nick & Lizzie Marshall - 05/28/2012
Dear Paul and Naomi,
Thank you very much for your kind words in the review. Unfortunately, during your stay, Cairns was subjected to the wettest period in 70 years which brought all sorts of problems. Major flooding occurred in many parts of Cairns including Wilks Street. Luckily the house, being on stumps, was above the flood which did put an inch of water through the patio area. The lower bedroom, although it did not flood, did suffer from a damp smell for a few days. The conditions were perfect for mosquitos. The house used to have screens but because of the outward facing traditional casement windows, the screens had to be on the inside. They were damaged so often by guests that we removed them and provided mosquito nets for beds instead. It does mean that all windows have to be closed to escape mosquitos during the wet season. We did not think this would be a problem because the windows are closed anyway for the air-conditioning which is used extensively at this time of year. We also supply mosquito coils and several plug-in mosquito zappers.
The one thing which was disappointing was that despite saying that you would be happy to return for business trips, you would not recommend the house for your friends.
It may not be the most obvious holiday home because it does not have a swimming pool and it is not on one of Cairns beaches. However, we offer this home because we found there was a demand for a house that was close to the city centre. All the daytrips to the Great Barrier Reef depart from the Reef Terminal adjacent to the city centre. All of the cinemas, the theatres and most of the restaurants are in the city area. A taxi from the beaches is $50-$70 each way, which is an expensive overhead for a restaurant visit without a designated driver. Being in a city suburb may not be everyone’s idea of holiday accommodation but for many, it is what they want. Wilks St guests are split about 60% holiday renters and 40% business people.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we hope you will stay again.
Best wishes, Nick and Lizzie
Cosmo and his family
Wilks House is absolutely Fantastic!!!
If you are looking for a wonderful "like home" accommodation while on holiday in beautiful Cairns, look no further! This place is located within a quick drive to all the places people want to visit when they are here. The owners of this home, Nick and Lizzie, have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and worry free. You can even bring your family dog, which we did!
We were greeted by Lizzie upon our arrival and welcomed with fruit, biscuits and all the amenities one could need. Want to go to the beach for a picnic? There are beach towels & a picnic basket available (complete with dishes!). Want to know what to do in Cairns? There is a huge basket full of brochures, magazines, maps etc. giving you tons of information! There is even a sewing kit at hand if your button comes loose! Like we said, Nick and Lizzie have thought of everything!
We would definitely recommend The Wilks House to anyone coming to Cairns!
We have just returned from spending 10 days at Wilks House in Cairns. We were a family of four adults and three children. We found the house to be fabulous, very homely, very clean. Nice and close to shopping centres, transport and Cairns city itself and local attractions are easily accessible from here. A home from home. Lizzie and Nick are most hospitable, making your stay even more enjoyable. Can't say enough about how great our stay was. Try it for yourself!!!
Family of 5, travelling with extended family.
Nick & Lizzie were flexible with early/late check in/out. Very helpful with local knowledge of the area and services to suit us with young children. The home slept 9 of us comfortably and allowed us to use the carport to accommodate our parents in the caravan. The house was superbly clean with all the facilities and smaller comforts need for a weeks stay. ie. dishwashing liquid, washing pwdr, toilet paper, soap, glad wrap & mosquito coils. Wireless internet, pay tv, dvds & videos for kids and adults, large garden to play footy in and pitch up tent for the kids. Shaded areas to relax outside. Aircon & fans for comfort, BBQ and gas available for use. The nicely decorated 4 bedrooms suited our coupled families with/out children the rumpus room was a delightful bonus. We were all very comfortable staying at the Wilks St House with plently of living areas so we weren't stepping over each other. The 2 bathrooms/toilets were suffice.
The location of the Wilks St House was near enough to Cairns itself, it has all our needs close by. 2 large shopping centers, banks & fuel stations are of within the immediate vacinity. Even the bottle shop is within 2 min walking distance from the house.
Nick & Lizzie were immensely courteous and generous with assisting our needs and requirements. Correspondence via email was prompt which is always appreciated.
We really can't fault anything with this accommodation or whilst our stay at this house.
Thanks again for an enjoyable stay!
Response from Nick & Lizzie Marshall - 09/25/2011
You were our first Bride, Nicole, and we are delighted to know that the house suited the occasion. Thank you for your lovely comments.
Nice but old and dated
The house was really well equiped. It is a nice house for a family stay but I was a bit put off by the musty damp smell in the wardrobe and the room situated outside of the main house also smelt musty and damp so we didn't use that room. The main sitting room and kitchen was nice and there was free wifi although we were asked not to use it too much. There is a strict clean up policy when leaving there. We had to make sure everything was perfect before we left or they employ a cleaner which comes out of your deposit which is a bit unfair. We were hoovering and polishing, cleaning bathrooms etc the night before we left and I do feel that guests should not have to be forced to do that.
Although I thought it was a bit over priced it was okay. I dont have any real fond memories of our stay there. Maybe a more modern house / apartment would have suited us better.
Response from Nick & Lizzie Marshall - 09/17/2011
I was dismayed to read that you did not enjoy your stay at Wilks, Helen, as there was no mention of any problems when we arrived to say goodbye on the 1st Oct. 2010.
We do have a cleaning policy which is clearly outlined in our terms and conditions of rental which are sent out to each enquiry before a booking is made. A guide to the departure clean is also in the house folder, but it does NOT ask guests to hoover, polish or clean bathrooms. We do ask that the fridge is cleared of opened foodstuffs, bins emptied to the main garbage bin, dishes washed and replaced in the cupboards, which is standard procedure in Holiday Homes throughout Australia. Many homes charge an exit cleaning fee, which we do not as we have always thought guests would prefer not to have this cost.
Broadband internet is provided at the house as a free service for all guests. We only ever ask for fair use, in that if someone uses it to download movies, the allowance will be used up and the next guest gets a slower service.
We apologise if there was a musty smell in the downstairs bedroom. This can be a problem in the tropics when a house is not constantly in use. It is easily overcome by opening the door and turning on the fan to air the room. The bed in this room had been slept in, so we had no idea there was a problem. We feel that at under $36 per person per night for 6 guests which is what you paid, this home is good value for money, given the space, very well equipped kitchen, internet, satellite TV, free phone for local calls, and large gardens. However this is subjective and we respect your opinion and are sorry that you found it overpriced.
The house is certainly old ( a timber Queenslander of around 50 years) but it is not "dated". It has new modern bathrooms, a new kitchen and is comfortably furnished with lots of extras to give that feeling of home. We are very disappointed that the house was so obviously unsuitable for you, as we want all our guests to leave having good memories of their stay.
Yours sincerely, Nick and Lizzie Marshall.
Relaxing Stay with pleny of rrom.
Great place to stay. Friendly service, great verandah and family outside area for coffee and drinks;) recommend for family and extended stays.
Cozy, wonderful, family friendly house!
Wonderful stay at Cairns just like your second house. Very family friendly and Nick and Lizzie (the Owers) are indeed kind to receive us as a guest. All of our family memebers could enjoy splendid summer vactions there!
This is a good holiday house.
We are enjoy this house all day long.
I hard bard sing.There are omfortable garden and house.
The Owner is very kind.
Everyone enjoy a holiday!
Response from Nick & Lizzie Marshall - 08/16/2011
Arigatou gozaimasu, Tomoe !
We hope to see you all back in Cairns again.
The Villa has got everything you need to feel at home!
We recently stayed at Wilks House in Cairns and it was fabulous! We travelled in a group of 7 people and staying there made our 2 weeks' visit to Cairns an unforgetable experience! Believe me, it was much better than staying in the best hotel. The house has got all you need to make your stay as comfortable as you can imagine!
Kentucky, United States
Home away from home
Wilks Holiday Home was the perfect place to rest our weary heads and feet each evening, and to start afresh each morning. Thank you for all your attention to detail and to assuring our comfort.
We particularly enjoyed the outdoor dining area and made good use of the grill.
You supplied everything we needed, including a washer/dryer and portable crib (cot).
What More Could You ask For...
What a nice surprise to have a warm home feeling away from home. The wilks house was very comfortable and contained absolutely everything we needed. Great patio area out the back, and great to come back at the end of the day and just relax with no other holiday aparts anywhere near. Very handy also to shops and really nice service by owners.
North Carolina, USA
Nothing but the best at Wilks House
Our stay at Wilks House was so wonderful that we didn't want to leave! Owners Nick and Lizzie clearly care for the house and provided great service!
Upon entering Wilks House, we were met by Lizzie, who was there to give us the keys (at 9pm!) and show us around. The first thing we noticed were the beautiful hardwood floors! Lizzie showed us around the house and made sure we knew how to use everything before she left. She even recommended dentists to us, as my uncle had cracked his tooth.
The house itself is stunning and provided plenty of space for our four adults and two teenagers. The bedrooms are all spacious with comfortable beds and great storage! The bathrooms were of a good size, attractive and very clean! Out the back door is a nice covered porch/patio with a nice dining set. The porch connects the main house to a lovely fourth bedroom and a bonus rumpus room, a great place for the younger ones to hang out. Through the covered porch was a beautifully landscaped and well-maintained yard! The front yard was just as wonderful, with palms providing privacy. It was heavenly to sit out there in the morning before starting each day!
Lizzie and Nick had provided everything we might need -- linens, information on local restaurants, dive operators, rainforest tours, etc.. They had even supplied us with some basics in the pantry and refrigerator -- bread, milk, eggs, juice, etc.
The house is very conveniently located to the CBD, but in a location that we felt more like residents than tourists. It was wonderful to come home at night, be able to spread out and relax, do our laundry and be able to access the internet and a large range of television channels!
They really have thought of everything there at Wilks House!
The Grant Family
A Welcoming House
The service provided by Nick & Lizzie from the booking stage to the completion of our stay was wonderful.
The house is located in a quiet street and only a 10 minute walk to Earlville shopping centre. Beautifully set up and without a doubt makes you feel like you never left the comforts of your own home. This house lives and breathes tranquility and happiness. My family and I had a great time.
We liked everything about this house, and highly recommend you to book the next time your in Cairns.
A great little house
Wilks House is a fantastic place to stay in a convenient location. The house is well set up for family groups and has all the things you need for a comfortable stay.
We realy enjoyed our time at Wilks and the owners Nick & Lizzy we fantastic and really helpful. I would certainly recommend Wilks House to other travellers.
I am lost for words,we had one off the best holidays ever . We, my wife and 3 daughters and myself have stayed in holiday homes befor but never so well laid out and prepared! if you are looking for a home away from home thenyou will not finda better one anywhere.
Liam & family
Brisbane & Nottingham
Lovely house,great set up. The Marshal family are
really nice friendly people, once they welcomed us to
their property left us to enjoy our holiday in
complete peace, we would love to stay there again
Response from Nick & Lizzie Marshall - 01/14/2010
Delighted to hear that you enjoyed staying at Wilks House and we hope to see you again if you come back to Cairns for another holiday.
Best wishes Lizzie and Nick.
Great family holiday house!
My family stayed at Wilks st holiday house for a week in September and loved it!
The house was lovely and set up very well with everything you need including a video library and toys for the kids,which for us with having a young family was fantastic!
It is in a good spot just a quick drive and your in Cairns central.
The Service was also great - as our flight arrived in at night I was able to email through a shopping list before we left home and the owners of the property had the shopping packed away for us when we arrived which was a big help.
Would definately stay there again and recommend it to others.
Perfect for our needs.
We were in Cairns to attend a sporting event. 4
teenagers and 3 adults. The house was perfect for
location (close to all major shops, the sporting
venue and restaurants), size and entertaining with
the team. The house had all the amenities we
required, was extremely well presented and very
clean. The Managers "Cairns holiday homes" were very
accommodating with check in/out times. We would have
no hesitation in recommending this holiday home and
would have no hesitation in booking this home again.
A very enjoyable stay in a clean, well equipped house and good l
We recieved excellent service which started with a prompt response to our e-mail and continued throughout our holiday. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by Wilks St which exceeded our expectations in space and layout. In particular we loved the 'games' room which was a great place for the children to hang out and call their own. The kitchen was very well equipped and there was a great selection of videos and DVD's to choose from which catered for the whole family. We found the location to be good with a shopping mall just down the road and a good selection of resturants and takeaways close by.
Thank you Nick and Lizzie for a wonderful stay. If we are back in Cairns you will definitely be hearing from us!
Great functional clean and well maintained property
Three of us shared the delightful Wilks Street property in Cairns. For a
tourist it was a great location. Very clean, beautifully set out, spacious and
lovingly kept. The kitchen contained everything we needed and there was
plenty of space for everyone. This property would be great for a large
family or two small families to share. There are televisions, toys, videos,
books and a lovely garden space. It is near to the Stocklands shopping
centre and a main road that goes into Cairns. It is not in a tourist area,
rather a residential/commercial area so it is quiet and still very close to
town. One needs a car if they are to stay in this area, but that could be said
generally for any worthwhile holiday in Cairns as things are quite distant
one from the other and a car (or a lot of tourist tours) is really a neccesity.
We came up on business and found this location perfect. The manager was
helpful and very pleasant to deal with.
I would definitely stay there again on business or pleasure and totally
intend to bring my family up to share that property.
Extremely Comfortable, Warm and Cosy Living Experience
We were a family of 10 ranging from ages 9 to 75 who spent several nights in Wilks House.
All of us were very plesantly surprised to find the home so comfortable for the entire group. Wilks House has a very warm and cosy homely feel.
All rooms including bedrooms, living room and bath room are tastefully furnished with eye to every detail. Kitchen is well equipped and there are full dish washing, clothes washing and drying facilities. There was a play room for children with toys and tv and cd players to watch movies.
The gardens were immaculately groomed. There were fresh fruit trees which excited the kids and senior citizens very much.
Our hosts - Nick and Lizzie Marshall - went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable. They even offered to get groceries for us prior to our stay ! They were at the House to greet us and show us around. They also kindly treated us to fresh organic oranges and bananas which grew in the gardens of the House.
On our departure they were around to bid farewell and return our deposit money in cash!
We would Highly Recommend Wilks House to any family looking for homely warm and cosy accomodation in Cairns. Lizzie and Nick Marshall shall ensure a very comfortable stay for any guests.
Peace and service
The facilities are good and the owners are determined to make your stay great. We had a party of a couple and three elderly ladies. We fitted in well and there was every convenience - internet access, Austar, good air conditioning in a quiet cul de sac reasonably close to facilities.
We enjoyed our stay an dhope to get the chance to return