Cape Tribulation, Australia November 28-December 3, 2007
Next, the three of us arrived at the Crocodylus Rainforest Lodge for a couple of nights in rustic tents. This lodge has terrific potential but unfortunately doesn’t deliver on what they promote. The $75.00 a night “cabins” are nothing more than simple tents, the food is limited and questionable and the staff is far from motivated. Their primary goal is to lure tourists into the middle of nowhere, then trap you into expensive and unnecessary tours. This facility has been for sale for a while which explains the disinterest of the managers in providing good service or making any attempt to properly run the business. The staff carries on as though they are on parole waiting to get sacked by an eventual new owner. They even ran out of food at dinner one night and had to send us to another lodge 18 kilometers away just to have dinner. No apology or explanation, just “sorry, we ran out of food so we don’t have anything for you” at 6:36pm, six minutes after dinner orders began! This brought us to The Heritage Lodge where the staff took exceptional care of us and served us the best meal we had had in weeks- roasted duck and swordfish. Had they not been sold out, we would have changed lodges immediately.
We were shocked to return from dinner one night, turn down the bed and find a giant spider the size of a salad plate clinging to the tent wall just a few feet above our pillows. You would be surprised how fast and nimble a spider that size can be. After several rounds of “seek and destroy” with a trash can and a shoe we were finally successful and clambered into bed, tucking the mosquito netting around us as tightly as possible. Neither of us slept that night.
We did manage to get in a little beach time the next day.
It’s tempting to get in the ocean due to the heat, but at this time of year there are jellyfish everywhere so even touching a toe in the water in inadvisable. There are liters of vinegar provided on the beach near the trashcans just in case you get stung. Despite the warning, we did see a few dumb tourists heading in waist deep.
Returning to Cairns for our last few nights before departure to Asia, we returned to Dreamtime with Fiona. Her friend Steph (“Poly-in-my-Pocket”) arrived to visit, bringing a care package from family and replacement funds. The two of them together were so much fun we hated leaving but it was nearly time to go. We managed a couple of days at the Esplanade (public beach pool) area together and a big “community dinner” Heather and Ted style with steaks and grilled pineapple.
It’s time to change continents.