Wednesday 17th August 2011, Mataranka.
We were going to stay a week at Katherine but the caravan park we chose to stay at was far from up to scratch, so we have now moved to Mataranka to the south. I don’t do this very often, in fact I can’t remember doing it at all, but I am going to name the caravan park as being the Springvale Homestead. We chose this park as it was a fair bit cheaper than the others, especially when they give a seniors discount, and seeing that the big 4 park we stayed at before on our way up raised their prices because of a ‘Peak period’ and made it too expensive. We had heard a couple of not so favourable reports about the Homestead but we decided that for the much less price we would put up with what was provided. The main problem was the state of the amenities, especially the women’s according to Linda that is. They were of an old construction, but it doesn’t matter how old they are there is absolutely no excuse for the state that these amenities were kept in. The gents were not so bad, in fact I reckon I could have put up with them, but in the women’s, half the cubicles were out of order, and the drains were blocked in the other cubicles, both toilet and showers. Toilets wouldn’t flush, and water from the showers would just run all over the amenities floor, so it became just too intolerable for Linda to endure so we had no other option but to vacate the premises. (interruption)
I am now back after a small interruption with hearing a couple of women screaming in the park so I thought I had better go and see what the problem was, it turned out that a couple of vans had backed into each other, not sure of the details, that was when I thought better of it and left.
Back to Katherine:- I went back to reception, not being very hopeful, and prepared to lose our money seeing we had booked in for a week, but was then pleasantly surprised to find that, after a little reluctance, he was none too happy to fully refund what we hadn’t used, so this being the case I chose not to give him the piece of mind that I was prepared for and just leave things be. I have made complaints at parks in the past and I wouldn’t be surprised if his reaction would have been the same as all the others, with, “Don’t care, if you don’t return someone else will