Cav­ing ad­ven­ture ac­com­mo­da­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - Weekend Extra / Travel -

YOU might have heard of the fes­ti­val of light (Di­vali) or the Sta­dium of Light (two Euro­pean soc­cer grounds), but Rock­hamp­ton seems to suit a sim­i­lar moniker of its own — ex­cept this one is not such a glow­ing ref­er­ence.

Rocky could well be called the ‘City of Traf­fic Lights’ as it seems you can barely go 10 me­tres be­fore you and the whole col­umn of traf­fic has to stop to let a sin­gle car out of their in­con­se­quen­tial side street. Have th­ese peo­ple never heard of round­abouts? So un­less you are des­per­ately fond of see­ing life-sized plas­tic cows on rooftops, you are prob­a­bly bet­ter off stay­ing out­side of the city while you em­bark on your cav­ing ad­ven­ture.

On top of on-site ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Capricorn Caves, there are sev­eral mo­tels on the main road into Rock­hamp­ton.

The Dream­time Lodge Mo­tel is 6km north of the city, around a 20-minute drive away from the caves, and is also home to Aus­tralia’s largest Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Ini­tially set up as ac­com­mo­da­tion for those us­ing the on­site con­fer­ence cen­tre, the smart four-star lodge is also a good op­tion for those trav­el­ling out to the caves, and in­cludes salt­wa­ter pool, a bar/restau­rant and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties.

Guests also get a 10 per cent dis­count on en­try into the cul­tural cen­tre, which gives twice-daily (10.30am and 1pm) tours with in­for­ma­tion about the tribes of the sand­stone belt, plus boomerang throw­ing and didgeri­doo play­ing. Ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Dream­time Lodge Mo­tel costs $79/92 per night for a sin­gle/twin. Ad­join­ing rooms, sleep­ing four, to­gether cost $120. For more in­for­ma­tion call 4936 4600 or go to www.dream­time­cen­tre.com.au

En­try into the cul­tural cen­tre, with­out dis­count, is $12.75/$9/$6/$10.50/$3.80 for adults/se­niors/chil­dren grades 1-12/ter­tiary stu­dents/ pre-school­ers. A fam­ily ticket is $32.50.

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