The bright lights of Maryborough were fluoro.. startling so.
I can't remember the last time I was a room with so much fluorescent lighting. I especially liked the biggest one being over the bed for a reading light. I could count every pore in my skin when I looked in the mirror. What can I say it reminded me of my childhood when down lights and soft lighting were something unknown. It certainly illuminated my cross stitch.
The fluoro lights highlighted the various attempts at updating over the years. The defunct radio set in the wall. Did those things ever work? The different attempts to redo various laminates. The furnishings were interesting. I suggest that you don't sit on the couch. It made me think of cooties. I did not see any but that does not mean that they are not there.
The bathroom was a fibro sheeting special with a lovely fresh mint green paint job. The fifty years of grout grime and the broken tiles most likely let the side down. Although the plank shelf with 2 L brackets was showing how one must sand and prime before bunging on oil white paint. The water pressure was at pre drought in Brisbane pressure levels and I do love a regional towns complete disregard for water saving. This was also demonstrated by the fact that the water ran in the dunny constantly. I did get up and turn this off about 2 am. Which annoyed me no end at 8 am when there was no water to flush.
How can I describe the bed decked in that lovely 80s messy print? Back Pain. There is nothing like lying in a bed woken at 3am by that nagging in your L5 S1 region is there? This bed was only slightly better than Malinda Guest Lodge in Zanzibar in 2003 where I had to hold on to the edge of the bed to stop rolling 3ft down onto the floor. It took my back 2 years to recover from that.
And the added bonus here is that every truck leaving Maryborough is speeding through Ferry St as if the very bats of hell where on their tail. Sometime the traffic noise was broken by the sound of a car.
Nina Simone on the Ipod struggled to over come this noise.
Breakfast was good. Salt ? and Pepper? Unobtainable.
Red Rooster is opposite. If you walk in at 8:25 pm they will let you know that they want to go home soon.
I recommend cheap wine as a necessity for staying here. The bottle shop at station square will close by 6:30pm .. but if you can find Dan Murphy's they may be still open.
The wifi charges are outrageous.
I thought the room was going to take off when I heard the air conditioner magically start up. Jet engines are less noisy.
The gentleman at the front desk was nice and I liked his dog.
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- The Arkana Motel offers three and a half star, air-conditioned accommodation in Maryborough. The motel is situated on the south-side of town opposite Red Rooster. Conveniently located minutes from the city centre, the Arkana Motel is the perfect base to explore the Fraser Coast. Facilities include a tour desk, swimming pool with barbecue area, guest laundry, car wash and trailer/truck parking. ... more less
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