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My daughter brought me upto the cabins for a couple of days and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  It is slightly coller than Townsville which pleased me and the cabins were lovely and cool at night.  The breakfast was outstanding and I loved seeing the wildlife around the site.  We also enjoyed the company of Goondi who came with us on our walks up to the ridge and along the creeks.  Would love to return for another stay as it is so peaceful and tranquil.
Maeve Fagan
Manchester, England

Hi, this is a really great site :) I'm actually studying architecture at the moment and am really interested in eco friendly building practices. Regards, Daniel.
Melbourne, Australia

Dear Bonnie, Ian and  Ross
Thanks for a delightful weekend last weekend - we had a wonderful time,  the night-time silence being especially profound!  Great food, attentive service, super places to explore, all-in-all a great wind-down and a lovely birthday weekend for me.  Raved to friends all week - with several saying (as we have done) 'we keep thinking about going" - so we have been saying, don't think - just book and GO!
Thank you all
Lorna, Townsville

I enjoyed watching the birds in Hidden Valley Cabins very much during my stay in Australia. Thanks for great hospitality! Next time I will bring some more bird whistles with me, also funny for the friendly bus-drivers!
Donna Originrivers!

I was so lucky to have been able to stay at Hidden Valley Cabins in July and meet Bonnie, Ian and Ross.. the dedicated owners. Experiencing the comfortable cabins,great location and array of local animals to entertain was a highlight for me. Learning about the solar creations and the history of the cabins helped me appreciate the efforts of our hosts.  The nocturnal night walk was great...and seeing the gliders,and possums...and stars was a treat. Thanks Ian!  Great food after a day of exploring and a cozy fire to warm up by was a perfect ending to the day. Thanks to my personal guides David and Jannah I was introduced to this special place within Australia..  my first time over the big water from Canada. Hope you are all well!
Owen Sound,
Ontario, Canada

I absolutely loved the stay and love your commitment to renewable energy. I know the work that goes into providing such a green/sustainable place to stay and really appreciate the hard work!
Nick & Jamie
Portland, Oregon. USA

I would like to publicly thank Ian and Bonnie for helping me, an eco tourism student with a project about becoming eco certified. They did this with no benefit to their business or them personally. So once again thank you very much, you where a great help and if not for your help I would not have got the mark I did. have got the mark I did.
Jack Parker
Melb, vic. Aus

What a fantastic place! Thanks Bonnie and Ian.
I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed getting away. The visit to the Hidden Valley Cabins was one of the highlights of my Australian vacation.  I wanted to stay longer and I hope I get a chance to visit again! All my best.
Greg Collins,
Gatineau, Quebec. Canada

I wish to nominate Bonnie and Ian McLennan of north Queensland "Hidden Valley Cabins". Please see their website at for more information on their wonderful rural resort. They have recently converted to 100% solar power and are not on the commercial electricity supply grid. I have been at this resort, and found it to be comfortable, pleasant, and rewarding to see such an effort at sustainable living.
Gregg J. Brunskill
Alligator Creek, QLD. Australia

Just wanted to thank you for a great stay.  We came to Australia from the UK  to visit our friends Eileen and Ian in Townsville who thought that a visit to Hidden Valley would be a great Aussie experience.  We stayed one night and booked the tour of Running River Gorge and the Platypus tour and we had the pleasure of being shown all of this by Ross (a great tour guide by the way). This was a  fantastic experience and yes we did see the Platypus, excellent!  We would defenitely suggest a trip a Hidden Valley as the accommodation is clean and the food was lovely and best of all it's all eco friendly with plenty of wildlife to boot - who could ask for anything more.   Thank you to everyone who made our stay a pleasant one.
Sharon and Kevin
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

What a wonderful website....I am soooo excited about booking a 3 day getaway...My fiance and i have been apart for over a year. Life has handed us many obstacles lately and this sounds like the perfect way to enjoy our precious time together. He is from the USA, so i know he will love the "true aussie experience" in touch soon..x
Townsville, QLD, AUS

A group of us Townville State High students went to Hidden Valley for a field trip for Geography, it was so quiet, peaceful and relaxing. It is definitly going to be a place where I want to go with my mates for an Origin decider!!
Marcus Fossey
Townsville, QLD, AUS

Hello, Hello everyone, Susie has come to visit and wanted to see your beautiful hidden valley, the web site is great and susie is very very impressed and wants to come one day soon.
Love from us all in Mollymook. xxxxxooooxxxxx
Auntie Susie, Gary and Di
Mollymook, NSW Australia

We are 'repeat offenders' have always enjoyed our stays at Hidden Valley. Great Company.
Andrew & Glennis

We stayed only the one night, it was very6 quite and out of the way, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, next time we'll leave the kids at home
Townsville, QLD AUS -

Thanks Ian and Bonnie. We stayed just one night on the way from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island. It was a real treat, loved the BBQ. the cabin and the peace up in the mountains. Friendly and extremely helpful hosts. A great way to get off the beaten track in Australia. Rex and Ann
Rex and Ann Paddy
Devonport, Auckland New Zealand -

We had an absolutely fabulous time staying with you at HIDDEN VALLEY. Your facilities are fabulous (and so clean, to walk in to a room and smell fresh laundered linen is delightful - especially in the middle of the bush!) and we just loved your location - so peaceful, well worth the drive (we came back via Mt. Fox, great drive, loads of skippies!). We really hope to have the chance to visit you again in the future and would definitely stay longer. In the meanwhile we will be singing your praises to locals and visitors alike and will encourage them to take 'the road less traveled' and have a real Aussie adventure.
mission beach, qld aus -

To Ian and Bonny, Thank you for the lovely home-cooked meals and very comfortable accommodation; it was a very peaceful 3 days rest from the camping. I really enjoyed the log cabin set in bushland and landscaped gardens with beautiful native birds. I arrived home at 6pm after visiting Paluma Dam and more bird watching in Paluma. Thank you
Desley Williams
Mackay, Qld -

To Ian and Bonny, Thank you for the lovely home-cooked meals and very comfortable accommodation; it was a very peaceful 3 days rest from the camping. I really enjoyed the log cabin set in bushland and landscaped gardens with beautiful native birds. I arrived home at 6pm after visiting Paluma Dam and more bird watching in Paluma. Thank you
Desley Williams
Mackay, Qld -

That was a lovely break especially from Townsville's heat at this time of year. Our grandchildren were so excited when we told them we were coming again. We want to wish you and Ian a truly Merry Christmas with a Happy, healthy New Year to follow. We will be up to see you soon. Best wishes, Gwyn and Andrew.
Gwyneth and Andrew Scott
Townsville, Queenland Australia -

Thanx for the wonderful stay. It was nice to find such a place during our month down under. We appreciated your kindness and hospitality. In dutch: Bedankt voor het fantastische verblijf. We hebben geluk gehad dat we deze locatie hebben gevonden tijdens onze maand in australie. Bedankt voor de vriendelijkheid en gastvrijheid.
Martine & John
Breda, NB NL -

I have never been to hidden valley cabins before but was looking into it for a retreat after finishing grade 12 and the website drew me to it and will be going there 4 sure
casie payne
townsville, qld aus -

Wonderful site - I immediately made a booking for a romantic weekend.
Townsville, Qld Australia -

I lived in Townsville from 1980 to 1987 and hidden valley was a fav place and back then the only beer was served on ice.Have been back in Melb a long time but would love to return and have a few cold ones on ice if that is how the pub is still run. Regards Steve Morley
Steve Morley
Melbourne, Vic Australia -

Just surfing through and found your site. Liked it and thought I'd drop a note. I'll be back! - Sam @ Backpacking Tents .Net
Backpacking Tents
Redmond, WA USA -

Found the add in the Bulletin and had to check it have sold me, once i can get a weekend off i shall be there to unwind.. Wonderful Webpage!!
Townsville, Queensland Australia -

This place is so relaxing.With the natural beauty of the cabins and the surronding areas.Plenty of places to walk and enjoy the quiet and listen to nature.The use of local timber in the buildings and furniture was interesting in itself.The games room kept us busy.We will be back!THANKS Ian and Bonnie.
Noel and Julie Ingles
Peeramon, QLD Australia -

This is a really good site. The photos are great,they are really what it looks like. It was a great place to stay. The hosts are just wonderfull.I would recomend it to anyone. This is the place to stay for a really quiet and peaceful holiday.
Sue Farmer
Aus -

We have stayed here on and off since 1983. I like to think of this place as being "almost heaven".
Peter Russell
Kew, VIC Australia -

Just great.Ideal marathon training area.
Tom & Gwen
Townsville, QLD AUSTRALIA -

When designing this web site Bonnie & Ian fed me and put me up for the night, it truly is a beautiful place to stay. I would recommend it to everyone.
Danny Poole
Townsville, Queensland Australia -

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