About the Homestay

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WHVisa, Students or Professionals
Our family live in a beautiful suburb called Hawthorne, it is a 15 minute (express) trip on the City Cat to Riverside in the city(Zone 1) and QUT. The transport to UQ is also convenient.
We are experienced homestay providers and we have hosted students from most European and Asian countries. You will have your own fully furnished bedroom with all linen included. Also included are unlimited wifi and laundry facilities. There are no extra costs.
If I am available I am happy to show you around the city. I will assist you with opening a bank account and buying a sim card.
If you need an address for a Tax File Number I am happy to assist you before you arrive.
Also if you have a Working Holiday Visa I will also help you with your resume and help you to get a job by giving you interview hints.

I look forward to hearing from you.Our traditional Queenslander home is situated in a beautiful suburb called Hawthorne, very close to the CBD. We live near the Brisbane River so the Citycat ( fast catamaran) is the quickest transport to the CBD.(15 minutes express)
We have international students and other visitors living in our home.
Included in the homestay fee are the following:

# Your own room and shared bathroom
# wifi
# Laundry facilities
# Sheets, towels etc
We also have a beach house on the Sunshine Coast which we stay at most weeks, you may come with us if convenient .
We have assisted over a hundred people settle into Brisbane on a longer term basis and we are very happy to assist you if you are coming to Brisbane for any of the following reasons:
* relocation for work
* attending university or studying English
* working holiday visa (assistance with obtaining your Tax File Number, bank account, resume, sim card etc)
* holiday
We are happy for you to stay one week or many years. I am very happy to assist you with your English study and assignments.
The environment around our neighborhood is very quiet and safe and there are some great restaurants and cinemas within walking distance.
For your added safety , we have two security cameras at the front of the house.
I am also very happy to negotiate a different fee for long term guests.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions. I look forward to meeting you.

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Laundry
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Smoke alarm

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 14 nights

Maximum stay is for 180 nights

Check-in date must be before 22 Dec 2024

Available for given dates

Long stay? If you have a reoccuring schedule where days in the week do not require accommodation, you can unselect those days below. This will inform the host and reduce the price of your stay.

Bulimba room
From $50 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Double bed with all linen included, desk and large wardrobe.

  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
 1 guest
2 guests
Weekly Price
Monthly price
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About the Area

Hawthorne is one of Brisbane's traditional suburbs with beautiful timber Queenslander high set homes on large blocks of land. It is 6 kilometers from the CBD and 8 minutes by car. The local village of Bulimba has many trendy coffee shops, restaurants, a supermarket and a cinema.
The Hawthorne Citycat ferry terminal is only 7 minutes walk and the nearest bus stop is 5 minutes walk from our home.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Shopping Centre
  • Water sports
  • Health club
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station


Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

Enjoy living in our home!
Respect others.
No drugs or excess alcohol tolerated
If you are a smoker we prefer you smoke away from our property please.
Respect our Homestay rules.
Keep your own space clean and tidy.

Smoking Rules

Your host is a non-smoker.

Smoking is not allowed.

10 Reviews

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    United Kingdom
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    March 2024

    Louise and Tony are lovely hosts. Louise really helped me get settled when I arrived and she was always very helpful whenever I had questions or wanted to talk through my plans. Tony does a great BBQ!
    The house is clean, spacious and has a good atmosphere. It's in a nice, safe area, in close proximity to the ferry to the CBD.
    I feel very welcome and at home here. I would definitely reccomend staying with Louise and Tony if you're travelling to Australia!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Louise & Tony in ,

    We are so happy you are enjoying the beginning of your Aussie journey.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    November 2023

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    December 2019

    My first time in Australia it was at Louise and Tony's house and I can say, I've never felt so confortable staying there. To be honest I felt myself like at home.
    I lived there for 7 amaizing months which I miss a lot, after my leaving for 7 months I returned to Louise's house for 1 more month, so I can say I lived there for 8 months.
    There is no time that I dont rememer them with a huge smile on my face.
    Thanks a lot for making my stay in Brisbane unforgettable :) !!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Louise & Tony in ,

    Hernan was an absolute pleasure to host. He was very clean and tidy and respectful of everything and everyone. I have no hesitation in recommending him to future hosts. We miss you Hernan.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    August 2017

    Louise and Tony are amazing hosts the environment is relaxing full of experiances with overseas travellers stay as well meals were never an issue for louise and delicious the stay is very homely and comfortable highly recommend

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Louise & Tony in ,

    Many thanks for staying with us Lachlan, you are very welcome any time.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    July 2016

    Starting my new life in Brisbane in a house like that was one of the best choices I could make. Louise and her husband have been extremely kind and helpful for me during my stay there. Although it was not that long, I will surely remember it as a great experience!

  • 5 hearts
    March 2016

    Wonderful location, the house is clean and cozy. Owners are nice and kind. They helped me to improve my English and every dinner were a good opportunity to practice English with family and other guests. This is a fantastic homestay for students, workers and to holiday.

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    Age 45 - 54

    4.2 hearts
    September 2014

    This guest awarded the host 4.2 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

  • 4.9 hearts
    December 2011

    ottimo, perfetto!!! Grazie

  • 4.4 hearts
    April 2010

    La experiencia en gral fue muy buena. El ambiente es agradable, la casa estaba relativamente limpia, me senti comoda como en mi casa, la ubicacion es buena, es un barrio residencial, donde te tomas el ferry y en pocos min estas en el centro de la ciudad.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    February 2010

    This family is very very enjoyable, everybody is sympatic it is a second home. The house is very beautiful. I stay just two weeks but it is very interesting my english was to improuved and I saw a true Australian life. If you look for a familly in Brisbane I think this family is for you.

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