We had a lovely relaxed week at Rowes Bay Caravan Park, compliments of RACQ insurance, now it was time to come back to the reality of budget travel and the fact that Matilda’s repairs will eat a big hole in our finances.
Initially it was just finding accommodation, but during the week I had time to search out our next place to stay.
There are many levels of travel accommodation from the luxury 5 star hotels, down through 4,3,and 2 stars. Motels are another option, but they are usually further out from the central CBD and you will need a vehicle to get around. Of course the caravan parks have cabins of various styles and we have just experienced that. All these have one thing in common, they are out of our budget range.
So what does that leave us?
I finally found the place that ticks all the boxes Adventurers Backpackers.
- It is very close to the CBD
- It has spacious but basic rooms.
- Beds have good mattresses
- It has a fridge in the room
- It is clean
- Large communal stainless steel kitchen area
- Roof-top pool
- Great views from the pool deck.
- Fans and air-con in room
- Matilda’s garage is right behind the hostel, so we can visit her!!!
- It is only $255 per week
Ok, ok I can hear you saying but what about all the other “guests”. Backpackers have a certain reputation for being loud, scruffy, always partying. This does not seem to be a problem in this hostel. Over our years of travel, both here and overseas, we have stayed in many backpackers hostels and a well run hostel does not have problems. The party people go out to the pubs and bars and there is a strict no sound after 11pm policy.
Last night one unruly and drunk bloke was shouting obscenities and making himself very objectionable. Every one else ignored him. This spurred him on to further ranting, till eventually another backpacker fronted up to him and told him
“shut your f#%%^* cake-hole, or I will throw you in the pool”
All was peace and quiet after that…
Great place for people watching…
So we are booked in for another week. The parts for Matilda have not arrived yet and we also need to replace the radiator…
“C’est le vie”