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67.0% Based on 111 reviews TripAdvisor Traveller Rating 4 out of 5

Hotel Description

At The African Cottage you'll be 1.8 km (1.1 mi) from Art on Cairncross and 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Highlights at this Colonial property include in-room washers/dryers, free WiFi and fireplaces.

You can enjoy TVs with DVD players, and all 3 individually decorated accommodations feature furnished balconies or patios, living rooms and private yards. In-room dining is easy with amenities like microwaves, hobs and room service. Coffee/tea makers, in-room massages and ceiling fans are also available. Limited housekeeping is available.

The property's restaurant is a nice spot to grab a bite. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, an outdoor tennis court and spa services. Each morning full breakfast is served between 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Within a 30-minute drive of this 3-star Balmoral Ridge property, attractions include Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

The Rondawel Cottage, 2 Bedroom

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Cape Cottage

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max


Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The African Cottage, 3 Bedroom

Bed Count 3 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 8 Max

The African Cottage ratings based on 6 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The African Cottage

Everyone (5) Couples (1)
5 out of 5
The Rondawel Cottage is a unique slice of Africa. It is very comfortable - a wonderful place to relax. Matilda and John are lovely, friendly hosts who offer a range of extra experiences including African food, massages and their condiment range. It's a special place to stay that is hard to leave.

Posted by on 1 Feb. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 Feb. 2019 by Matilda

Thanks for the lovely words Kerryn! You will just have to come back for more! We will send you a voucher with a special price - just for you! Take care, Matilda

4 out of 5

Listen, I think I can hear nothing...

Africa cottage is a great place to relax and unwind. We booked the Cape cottage and spent most of our time sitting on the deck feet up reading. Every now and then looking up to see birds or lizards climbing the massive tree that shaded the cottage. We visit the area often and will be making Aftica cottage a return call. Next time to try the meals !

Posted by , from Brisbane on 26 Dec. 2017

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2 out of 5

Ok place

Would have given a much higher rating if there had been a shower mat and no dead cockroaches under the couch !!!

Posted by , from Mackay QLD on 19 Sep. 2016

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5 out of 5
Pros: Lovely proprietress; uniqueness of cottages
Cons: A little on the pricey side, but worth it
Location: Wonderful
Facilities: Home away from home; Service: Go the extra mile; very conveniently located. Overall 8 1/2 out of 10

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Brisbane on 10 Apr. 2014

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5 out of 5
Pros: They thought of everything that you might need during your stay.
Location: Away from it all
Facilities: Nice ; Service: Professional, Respectful, Courteous; The cottage is cosy and warm with much more atmosphere than a typical hotel room

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Brisbane on 9 Apr. 2014

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 8 Jan. 2014

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. WiFi is free in public spaces. Spa services, a terrace, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at The African Cottage. Self parking is free. This Colonial Balmoral Ridge cottage is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 1 floor
  • 3 guestrooms or units
  • Dining venue
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Separate living room
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Laundry facilities
  • Washer/dryer
  • Microwave
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Maroochydore, QLD (MCY-Sunshine Coast) (35.5 km / 22.1 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The African Cottage offers 3 forms of accommodation with fireplaces and washers/dryers. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. This individually decorated and furnished accommodation has separate living rooms. Guests can make use of the in-room microwaves and coffee/tea makers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Televisions come with DVD players. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and free toiletries. Housekeeping is offered on a limited basis and in-room massages can be requested.

  • Fireplace
  • Washer and dryer
  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Living room
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Private outdoor space
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Ceiling fan
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a full breakfast daily from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

The African Cottage has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 1:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 10:00 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 5:00 PM, please contact the property at least 24 hours in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
Guests arriving after 5:00 PM must contact the property at least 24 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets: AUD 30 per pet, per stay
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No lifts


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: AUD 10.00 for adults and AUD 10.00 for children (approximately)
  • Pet fee: AUD 30 per pet, per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • African Cottage Balmoral Ridge
  • African Balmoral Ridge