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Absolutely bloody awful
18 January 2008
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I stayed here for three nights. Cape Trib is awesome.....PK's Jungle Village is........not! I don't really know where to begin. You get into reception, it all seems very nice....it isn't till you get out the back and see the dorms that the hideous reality sinks in!!! The accomodation is in a series of huts. Ours was very dirty. It was supposed to be a 6 bed, but they'd managed to squeeze 7 in so it was really cramped. The fan, while not doing a great job of cooling the room was insanely noisy, and every single bed squeaked and creaked. There were huge cracks in the walls for the wildlife to scuttle in and out of. We had a lot of geckos and insects running about, which, in the tropics, you expect. NEXT DOOR HAD MICE RUNNING IN AND OUT. It was basically rotting away. The showers are fine, but there is one bathroom block for the whole site and it is miles away from all the accomodation (takes several minutes to walk there) and not well lit at night. And of course, being in the tropics, when it rains it RAINS....so if you want to go to the loo or clean your teeth or whatever at night, you have to get dressed find your jacket etc etc. Or get soaked. Showers are ok and there are enough of them, but the block is like the rest of the place run down and old. The kitchen is by far the worst part. Its open air. Everything in it is old and dirty..... but the worst thing by far is that you have to rent dishes from the bar (not unheard of) and they are REALLY EXPENSIVE. To cook a really basic meal, I had to pay a $50 deposit, the frying pan they gave me was saucer-sized and dented, they had no wooden spoons, spatulas or anything to stir with, and when I opened the tupperware box of dishes they gave me it stank of mould and mould was actually growing on the lid. When I complained about it, the guy just said 'oh, some people don't dry things properly when they put them back...' Funny that.....since they don't provide teatowels!!! The bar is ok. The food is disgusting and overpriced (I guess thats why they charge so much for the dishes - so people will buy their horrible food), but the atmosphere is quite fun. Altogether though the hostel is dirty, overpriced and uncomfortable. They get away with it, because its in Cape Trib....they wouldn't anywhere else. Take my advice if you are going up there. Book early and stay somewhere else!

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I LOVED staying at Geckos!!!
28 September 2007
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I had a great stay here.....its such a welcoming place. Its about a 5 minute stagger to all the bars so close enough to the centre of town, but is in quite a quiet location. All the staff are so friendly.....they picked me up from the hostel I'd originally booked into, booked all my trips, gave me loads of tips about where to go and what to do, and even drove me around town looking for a bridesmaid's dress!! The hostel is spotlessly clean, the beds are comfy, there's a nice area to sit out and because people feel so welcome there, there is a great atmosphere - people get on, hang out.... They are pretty strict about keeping the noise down at night....which is good because the place is fairly open plan.....but it doesn't stop anyone having a good time it seems... If you're planning a stay in Cairns I really recommend you to book yourself into Gecko's...I liked it so much that I didn't want to leave. But I had to in the end :-(

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Completely bizarre....but not a bad experience.
17 August 2007
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Karratha has nothing to recommend it (except that its better than Port Hedland). But if you do have to stop there between Exmouth and Broome this really isn't a bad place to stay. Its quite hard to describe this hostel......it kind of looks like a junkyard, full of garden gnomes, fake snakes, little bits of this & that. It has an extraordinary water feature with half a (plaster) crocodile, stuck in the middle of the outside area. To be honest we weren't all that impressed when we got there, thinking that any place which had accumulated so much junk had probably accumulated its fair share of dirt as well.... However, the owner of the place was so welcoming and friendly, and there were lots of people around, clearly all happy to just hang out there. When we got up to our room, sure enough there were random objects all over the place (half a boat in the girl's bathroom), but the beds had great mattresses on them, and the linen was spotlessly clean. In fact the whole hostel is like that...old, tatty full of weird and wonderful objects but clean and well cared for. I liked that fact that that they clearly haven't tried to cram as many people as they can into the space available (and they could.....there are loads of workers staying there, and they are always pretty well full). Downstairs, the kitchen is big, with plenty of fridge and cupboard space for everyone, then there is a dining room with internet, and a lounge room (imagine your most eccentric relative's sitting room then times it by 10) with the most extensive book exchange I've ever come across. And of course the outside space.....gnomes and all. Its a very laid back place - the owner just lets everyone get on with what they're doing, and everyone seems to behave pretty well. I don't know how good a guard dog, the enormous soppy creature he brings in in the evening is, but he is certainly very cute! Sounds like things have improved since the last reviewer stayed here.... honestly, we had a good time, slept well and met some nice people. Karratha is a godawful town, but the hostel is fine if you have to stay there. The only thing I didn't like about it is that none of the rooms have locks on the doors.

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