The Quarters is a beautifully restored classic Art Deco guesthouse, located in Babinda, Tropical North Queensland. Just a 40 minute drive south of Cairns, this historic nurses home is a heritage icon and local landmark.
Designed for overseas travelers and interstate guests visiting the coast and southern region of Cairns, The Quarters has been thoughtfully renovated to become a fifteen room Art Deco Guest house and a shared flat to sleep 5 with a 1930's feel. Its elevated position, expansive tropical surrounds and distinctive art deco architecture, make for a pleasing and memorable holiday experience.
Single shared facility rooms and one king-sized room have the option of two shower blocks including a bathtub, and a well-appointed kitchen, T.V. room, and common dining room. The stunning view from the upper balcony is a big attraction.
Each room has a private shower and toilet in the bedroom. Romantic décor and bushland views create a restful atmosphere.
This is a two roomed apartment in the round room with king sized bed lounge kitchen and bathroom.
A small balcony overlooks the creek and surrounding rainforest. Great place for a reawakening of lost passion. Also perfect for a quiet weekend away.
Stunning heritage building with beautiful views in the rainforest close to many attractions.
Quiet and peaceful for a restful holiday. Friendly small town with most facilities. Picture Theatre.
Big kitchen and outside garden with bar b q.
Tour desk for local and Cairns tours.
Major credit cards are accepted.
Bike and car rental organised.
Coin operated laundry. Iron and ironing board.
The Babinda Nurses Quarters is one of the most innovative examples of 1950s modern architecture in North Queensland. The current building was designed by S.G.Barnes as an addition to the original Nurses’ Quarters, constructed between 1952 and 1953. The building provided each nurse with their own private room. It accommodated one matron, 23 nurses and four night nurses. Other facilities included a recreation room, lounge and studies. Barnes also designed the Gordonvale Nurses’ Quarters (c.1947) and the Edmonton Ambulance Station (1951).
The Nurses Quarters is set high granting views to the town, mill and mountain range. The building successfully integrates innovative Modernist elements such as the semi-circular Matron's flat and the distinctive verandahs. The quality of the building's detailing is also exceptional, and can be seen in the internal staircases and the verandah balustrades. The dining room at the south-eastern corner of the building features a coffered ceiling with Art Deco cornices and French doors providing direct access to the verandah.
The building demonstrates an aspect of post-war health care. Onsite accommodation for nursing staff was considered to improve hospital efficiency and the standard of nursing. It also represents the continuation of nineteenth century attitudes, when it was considered necessary to keep young women under the eye and discipline of chaperones when they were not living with their families.