About the Homestay

Suburban Arty
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Relaxed friendly female couple with two charming cats - our children have grown up and left! A traditional old Darwin style elevated house with floor to ceiling louvres throughout, our home will give you a unique and very special Darwin experience. Our guest room has its own lock, very comfortable queen size bed, built in desk, louvre windows, wooden floors, TV in room, remote control fans, own bathroom. The shared kitchen is recently renovated, with gas cooking and large bench space. You have your own private fridge on the verandah for independent catering- we do not provide breakfasts, although we will stock your fridge with a few basic things to get you started. The living room opens on to a large wooden deck with an 8 seater dining table, a 3 seater swing for afternoon snoozing and reading, bbq overlooking large in-ground salt water pool and rambling tropical garden. Please consider that if hotel 'pristine clean' is your preference this may not be the place for you. We clean the whole house and floors at least once a week, your linen and laundry is all new and freshly washed but remember the house is all open - floor to ceiling louvre windows! (with fly screens- mosquitos are rare )
There are big trees in the garden which attract plenty of wildlife, we get 20+ species of birds; spangled drongoes, scrub fowl, fig birds, black and white cockatoos, lorikeets, all kinds of finches, bats and owls as well as possums, goannas, green tree frogs. We always keep the binoculars and bird book handy on the kitchen bench.
We have an art and music studio with a piano downstairs, so creative people - or appreciators of the arts - are welcome. Short walk or bike ride to the foreshore and Rapid Creek beach - bikes available- and we are close to main bus routes into town and to the Casuarina Shopping Centre. We live in a quiet cul de sac with cafe, shop and takeaways nearby. We are a five minute walk from the Sunday Rapid Creek markets, and a twenty minute walk to the Sunday Nightcliff Markets. Please note- we require full payment on your arrival. Discounts for longer stays and return guests by direct negotiation. Also listed on Air bnb.



House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Bikes for use
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Non Smoking
  • Allow Smoking

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 2 nights

Maximum stay is for 14 nights

Available for given dates

Upstairs double bedroom
From $64 per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom private (exclusive to guest)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

We have two similar rooms available now - adjoining. Each with a double bed and a view out onto the tropical garden.

  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
 1 guest
2 guests
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About the Area

Our house is approx 6 kms north of the city centre, a 10 minute drive from the airport. We are in a quiet cul de sac which is a five minute walk from the foreshore, and a two minute walk to all main bus routes. There is a great coffee shop 2 streets away, Sunday food markets, an organic food shop, supermarket and take aways 5 minutes walk away.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Beach
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Horse Stables
  • Water sports
  • Sports arena
  • Health club
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Hospital


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

Please keep front gate and all pool gates closed. Payment for your stay is due on the day of your arrival

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

7 Reviews

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    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    August 2019

    Oh yes. Comfortable, comfortable, comfortable.
    Many thanks, Alison

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    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    June 2018

    We loved staying with Alison and Clair and their Cats and felt right at home. They were very helpful when my daughter had to see a doctor. Alison was much loved by my daughter
    I would stay with them again next time I am in Darwin. Love from Germany

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Alison in ,

    We loved having you here too and getting to know you both! Hope the rest of your travels were a success and looking forward to hearing from you again. Love and best wishes Alison and Claire xx

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    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    September 2017

    We had a fantastic time staying with Alison and Claire and were welcomed like old friends. They made us feel comfortable and we will recommend them to all. Thank you very much.

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    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    May 2017

    We loved our three days staying in Alison's beautiful home. It gave us a much needed breather after our long flight to chill and relax before moving on to stay with Jim's son. I have rarely felt so at home anywhere. We even had egg and bacon, lovely! The house design ensured cool breezes and it just oozed culture, art , music, space, a glorious garden and pool filled with bird song. Alison and her delightful family suggested interesting outings to the Deck Chair cinema, National Territory Reserve and the Sea Breeze festival all of which were excellent and we would probably have missed them without insider info. Thanks again Alison. Love Joan and Jim xx

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Alison in ,

    Hey thanks for the great review. We loved having you both here, and being able to show you some things off the beaten track! Hope you have a lovely time on the rest of your big holiday! Kind regards.

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    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    August 2016

    Arrived hot and tired after a tour. I was able to relax in the louvered bedroom with the fan - and have a swim. We went to a musical film together. The next day I took the bicycle and explored the neighbourhood before it was too hot. My hosts were so welcoming - we shared many stories and found we had friends in common. It was a great experience. I am glad I decided to stay on in Darwin after my tour.

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    4 hearts
    June 2016

    Lovely relaxing home with tropical garden, big deck, original artwork and friendly hosts.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    July 2015

    Devinitly 5+.
    First and best homestay.
    Such a nice and friendly homestay. Feel myself home at Alison and Claires homestay. I can everybody recommend this loveley people. Nice and clean home. A beatufull place for cycling.
    Just in one word: perfect!

How do I book?

Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.

When do I pay?

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