Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How close are you to...?
- "Amish Country"
A: We’re IN AmishCountry! However, when most people ask this question, they really want to know how far we are from the Amish attractions, shopping, tours, etc.
- Sight &Sound
A: 10 minutes (4.78 miles to the east)
- Rockvale Outlets
A: 8 minutes (4.49 miles to the northeast)
- Tanger Outlets
A: 7 minutes (3.93 miles to the northeast)
- American Music Theatre
A: 9 minutes (4.54 minutes to the northeast)
- Lancaster County Convention Center
A: 12 minutes (5.9 miles to the northwest)
- Kitchen Kettle Village
A: 22 minutes (12.6 miles to the northeast)
- Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
A: 10 minutes (4.69 miles to the east)
- Longwood Gardens
A: 1 hour (35.71 miles to the southeast)
- Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair
A: 40 minutes (23.64 miles north)
- Hershey, Pa
A: 52 minutes (37.23 miles to the northwest)
- Gettysburg, Pa
A: 90 minutes (60.81 miles to the west)
Q: Do you have WiFi?
A: Yes! And, of course, it’s free.
Is there off street parking?
A: Yes. We have plenty of free parking for our all of our guests in the lot behind the carriage house.
Q: Is breakfast included?
A: Yes. We serve everyone together in the dining room. Please let us know when you make your reservation if you have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions that you feel we should know about.
Q: Are children allowed?
A: We love kids. In fact, we have one. We have learned, however, that most of our guests are coming to get away from the kids, if only for a night or two. We welcome children 8 and over (subject to room availability), but they and their parents must be on their best behavior.
Q: Are tips expected?
A: No. But they are appreciated, especially because they’re unexpected!
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Cash is king, but we also accept travelers’ checks, Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover. We also participate in gift certificate programs administered by BedAndBreakfast.com and BBOnline.
Q: What time is…?
A: Like you, we lead pretty busy lives. And, as much as we’d like to, we just can’t sit and read a book all afternoon while we wait for our guests to arrive. So, we ask in advance what time we should expect you. Ideally, it’s sometime between 3pm and 8pm, but we’re glad to make other arrangements with you as necessary.
A: We know you’d like to stay forever, but we have to have adequate time to prepare for the next guests. Unless you’ve made previous arrangements, we ask that you plan your check-out for approximately 10am.
A: Ah! This is perhaps the most important question! No one wants to miss breakfast; it’s the most important meal of the day (and half of our name). We serve a plated breakfast to everyone in our dining room at 9am. Coffee is ready by 8.
Q: Is smoking permitted?
A: NOT in the house, please. If you’re smoking in the house, we will assume that you are on fire and take appropriate action. Fees for additional cleaning and loss of revenue may apply for smoking in the guest rooms. You may smoke outside, on the porch or on the patio. Smokers’ pots and ashtrays are provided. Please use them.
Q: What’s with the name?
A: We are not from Australia. Would love to visit there sometime. Our house was built in 1925 by a Mennonite cabinet-maker and was a private home until it was sold to Richard & Margaret Mason in 1986. They were from Australia and moved here to Lancaster to open a B&B. They bought the house, renovated it to have 7 guest rooms and named it the Australian Walkabout Inn. The 2nd innkeepers, the Petersheims, bought the inn from the Masons in 2001, shut down two of the guestrooms to comply with local zoning codes and changed the name slightly to the “Walkabout Inn”. We then purchased the inn from them in 2007 and brought back the word “Australian” into the name.