I spent one night in the campground at a powered site, while travelling from Darwin to Cairns. Yes, this place is a very long distance from anything else (295KM east of the Stuart Highway, 375KM north of the Barkly Highway), but even so they could do much better with minimal effort. We arrived mid-afternoon, and were told that we could "choose" any available powered site. Upon driving back into the campground, I found nearly all the powered sites were already occupied, except four sites that were oddly perpendicular to the 16 already occupied sites. I pulled in as best I could, without blocking anyone else, and setup my campervan for the evening. Shortly afterwards, more & more campers arrived, all seeking powered sites. By sundown, the campground looked like a war zone, with campers parked at all sorts of strange angles, in an attempt to access power & water, while not blocking in others. Beyond the layout issues, the bathroom facilities were crude at best. The showers had no seating or shelves, such that I had to juggle all of my bathroom supplies while standing. The toilets were filthy. When I made the mistake of inquiring about wifi, they laughed at me and said "we have nothing". Around 7PM, the evening's "entertainment" arrived at the front of the property, a truly horrible Elvis impersonator, who butchered numerous songs from the 50s & 60s while a karaoke machine provided the music. I assumed that this would wrap up, or at least quiet down at a reasonable hour. But no, instead they went into full-on karaoke night around 9PM. This terribly auditory onslaught continued for hours. While I'll freely admit that I went to bed earlier than most folks (a bit after 9PM), its because I had a very long day of driving planned for the following day, and needed to get up early. Instead I was kept awake until nearly midnight by a trio of employees butchering one song after another. Around 10PM, I wandered over to see what was going on, and there were literally no guests participating, it was just employees. I fail to grasp why all the guests had to be subjected to this disaster. It was beyond inconsiderate to blast loud, horrible music into the night, just for the entertainment of the staff.
- Also Known As:
- Heartbreak Hotel Australia/Northern Territory