Come and have a Cuppa with Carol

cuppa-with-carol darwinThe BROMELIAD B&B invites cruise visitors to come and have a cuppa with Carol!

Developed and operating primarily as a traditional, hosted accommodation facility we are proud to have won the 2014 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Award for Hosted Accommodation including nomination as a finalist in the 2014 Australian Tourism Awards – Hosted Accommodation.

And now you can take a break mid-cruise and enjoy the relaxing surroundings of the Bromeliad B&B.


A recent increase to the number of Cruise Ships to Darwin prompted us to  develop a “new” Darwin shore based activity for guests. Weprovide an opportunity for guests to visit a Top End home, meet a group of long term Territorians, hear their stories in cool, pleasant surroundings while sipping a cuppa from fine bone china.

Our hostess group includes:

wild-cattle-countryPauline –has lived in the Territory for most of her life – her husband is Ernie Rayner – their story is told in the book Wild Cattle, Wild Country.                      Pauline shares her life experiences of living on a remote Victoria River cattle station near the WA and NT border while raising her children through the  extreme seasons of drought and floods in this rugged remote part of Australia.

Coralyn – has lived in the Territory for almost 50 years and has a wealth of experiences to share from working in the Education system in sometimes remote and isolated communities..

Anna – is from Papua New Guinea and many years ago married a Darwin business man and moved to make Darwin her home. She has raised her family in both cultures and her experiences provide an insight to the Multi-Cultural aspects of Darwin life today. We currently have over 100 diverse cultural groups registered in our city – each have their own Festivals and celebrations for everyone to enjoy.

Carol – has been a Ham Radio operator, Estee Lauder consultant, Girl Guide leader and avid gardener.  As a family we moved to the Territory almost 20 years ago spending several years living and working in the mining town of Nhulunbuy and the nearby Aboriginal Communities adjacent to the Gove Peninsula. In 2000, we moved to Darwin to support our youngest son who had been a passenger in a motor vehicle accident in Brazil. Our lives changed – he come home a paraplegic – our retirement plans took a left turn and we started our Accessible B & B and developed our extensive Bromeliad collection in a tropical landscaped garden.

What you’ll enjoy during your Cuppa with Carol

cuppa-in-darwin-cruiseYou will be welcomed and provided with cool refreshing towels and icy cold glasses of water.

Then, you enjoy your tea as our hostess team will conduct four short informal chats about living in the Territory.  Don’t be shy, this is an ideal time to ask questions!

Tea will be served with a range of home made, cooked munchies featuring a Taste of the Territory, including

  • Pikelets with wild Rosella or Kakadu Plum Jam and cream
  • Banana cake
  • Kiwi Kisses
  • Mango Ice-cream
  • A grazing platter of local seasonal tropical fruit

We have a large flat town block – no steps or stairs (except into our swimming pool) so older guests or those with limited mobility will find it easy to visit and view our garden with over one thousand Bromeliad plants on display.

Our front garden is bounded by a Maraya “cloud” hedge while other trees include a Golden Magnolia, Lillypilly and fragrant Temple Bells. We currently have four varieties of Desert Roses – Pink, Red, white and yellow. However, please remember that our flowers are seasonal and may not all be blooming during your visit.

During your visit, you can use our two Guest Bedrooms (en suites) for comfort stops.

Make sure you come and have a cuppa with Carol so you can experience a “Slice of Territory life” during your visit to the Top End.

Carol & Geoff McKenzie