Lilybank Bed-and-Breakfast in Stratford

Lilybank Bed-and-Breakfast is set on 1400m2 of landscaped gardens in Cairns’ leafy suburb of Stratford. The stately Queenslander-style timber residence has two (2) storeys, offering lots of comfortable communal space for your enjoyment, including a resort-style swimming pool. It has six (6) rooms, each with their own private ensuite facilities.

Lilybank owners, Linda and Scott Ashworth, invite you to live like a local at Lilybank. The historic property is for the enjoyment of guests, with managers living on-site, but in a separate caretaker cottage.


The Property – Lilybank House

Part of the Stratford Heritage Trail, Lilybank House has provided its residents with a stately tropical retreat for nearly 100 years. Operating as a B&B since 1992, Lilybank’s current owners (Linda and Scott) took possession of the house in October 2013, undertaking a refurbishment of the guest rooms and communal spaces.

Shrouded in tropical trees and set back from road, Lilybank provides a green haven for its guests. Communal spaces include the saltwater swimming pool, upstairs and downstairs living areas, fully appointed kitchen and alfresco dining area. The kitchen and all of its facilities, including full-size fridge/freezer, gas oven and cooktop, dishwasher and sink, plates, glasses, cutlery and a pantry with basic staples is provided for guest use during whole of house hire: contact us for more information. For your convenience, there are also two BBQs on site.

Lilybank House is comfortably appointed with an eclectic range of furniture, handpicked by your hosts to complement the property and its location. The house retains many of its original features adding to its unique charm, including original casement windows, wide shaded verandahs and lead lighting in the doors.

The property has been refurbished and furnished for your comfort and enjoyment. From sun lounges around the 12m resort-style pool, to tables and chairs on the balconies, large dining room table, couches, books, board games and even a tourism brochure stand so you can research things to do and places to go.

Its gardens are a haven for tropical fauna, attracted to the native and architectural landscaping which includes Lipstick Palms, Paw Paw Trees, Lilly Pillys, Vanilla Bean Vine, Alexandra Palms, Alpinias, Lillys and the locally famous Bat Plant. Close to shops (700m from Stratford Village Precinct) Lilybank is on Cairns’ public transport route and provides off street parking for your vehicle.


The Rooms – Spacious and Comfortable

Relax in your large, private room at Lilybank Bed-and-Breakfast. Each of the six (6) rooms have private ensuite facilities and WIFI. They were refurbished in October 2013 to provide maximum tropical living and enjoyment during your stay. The rooms feature new beds, linen, towels, carpeting, bar fridge and air-conditioning. Individual room information provided on this site.

The beds are comfortable and made with 400 thread count, fine cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows. Each room has its own storage space (cupboards) and private ensuite, with shower and toilet facilities, including a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and soap. Each room has its own hot water system, so you can’t run out of hot water.

There are six (6) rooms – 2 King, 3 Queen and 1 Twin Share (which can be made into a King on request) – positioned across the two (2) storeys of the property.

Upstairs there is 1 King, 1 Queen and 1 Twin Share bedroom. The rooms are centered in the heart of the house, surrounded by large, shaded balconies. The communal lounge room offers a comfortable lounge and large television.

Downstairs there is 1 King and 2 Queen bedrooms, each with Queenslander doors leading out into the garden and pool area. This storey also features the communal living area, the property’s kitchen and the alfresco dining room in a spacious open-plan style layout.


Your Stay – Tropical Surrounds

Check-in is usually from 12 noon, with an 11am check-out, however, early check-in and late check-out can be arranged on request at no extra charge. We are also happy to look after luggage while you are on tour and/or catching a late flight out. There are managers who live on-site in a separate caretaker cottage and Lilybank Bed-and-Breakfast is fully furnished to offer maximum guest comfort and convenience. The Lilybank breakfast is a light selection of local produce, which is served alfresco style, in the indoor / outdoor dining room by the landscaped pond.

Pets are at owners’ discretion. You can smoke outside. Guests must be 16 years of age and over. There is no minimum night stay. Coin operated laundry facilities are available on site for your convenience. Many tour companies and local clubs / pubs (Red Beret and Yorkeys Knob Boat Club) will do complimentary pick-ups and drop-offs from the property. You can rent whole of house for group bookings – this is $600 per night and has a minimum 3 night stay – contact us for more information on phone (07) 4055 1123 or stay@lilybankbnb.com.au


The History of Lilybank

On 27 March 1878 Samuel Cochrane became the first settler to take up land in what is now Stratford, when he purchased 110 acres. He named the block Lilybank and grew maize, English potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Cochrane built a homestead here in 1878.

In 1889 Alexander Frederick John Draper (1863 – 1928) bought the block. Draper was the eldest of 17 children. He was just 21 when he arrived in Cairns in 1884, as manager of the Bank of Australasia. He purchased Lilybank 5 years later. He developed a horse stud, grew pineapples and bananas and sold citrus saplings. The Drapers were very hospitable, holding many functions in their beautiful garden.

Draper became a leading citizen; he was Mayor of Cairns and sat on many committees. With wife Mary Georgina, Draper had one (1) son and six (6) daughters: all of the girls were born at Lilybank. He was described as the ‘Father of Cairns’ at his funeral in 1928.

Draper owned Lilybank for over 30 years before selling it to Mr H Greenwood. In August 1927 the original house was destroyed by fire. Greenwood rebuilt the house and later sold it to Mr Hardwick. In 1992 Lilybank became a B&B guest house and current owners, Linda and Scott Ashworth took over the property in October 2013.

This information is courtesy of the Stratford Heritage Trail. Want to know more? Take the trail! There is a map and introductory sign outside Stratford Library on Kamerguna Road (about 650m from Lilybank). The map and list of sites can be downloaded, printed out and taken with you on the walk.

The Facts


  • Stratford – Cairns B&B
  • 2 storey Queenslander
  • 6 Bedrooms with private ensuites
  • Resort-style pool
  • 1,400m2 gardens
  • Full kitchen facilities
  • Check-in from 12pm
  • Check-out 11am sharp
  • No minimum night stay
  • Guests 16 years of age
  • Smoking outside
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