Caving adventure accommodation
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.