|Yesterday’s clear blue skies contributed to our colorful beach photos.|
Once we leave a location, our interest in writing a review rapidly dissipates. Arriving at a new location totally changes our focus to absorbing and settling in to a new environment, having left the past location behind.
Knowing this, we usually post reviews on such sites as TripAdvisor and the vacation rental site from which we originally booked the rental. In each case, we strive to get this done during the last week before departure.
In the case of this property in Trinity Beach, Queensland, Australia, it is listed at this website. We can’t stress enough as to the kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness of the owners, Sylvie and Andy. Not only were they helpful and willing to answer endless questions via email many months prior to our arrival, they were quick to respond to any inquires or concerns we expressed while on the premises.
|The beaches in this area during the winter months are relatively uncrowded.|
Once we move into a location, we tend to be laid back with few questions or concerns unless there’s a serious issue effecting our safety or comfort. In the case of Sylvie and Andy, living above us in the huge property, it was easy to ask to “borrow” a few items; steak knives, measuring spoons, a spatula, a pot, or a thermos, all of which they promptly supplied.
When on another occasion they’d read we were having trouble cooking in one of the small available skillets, later in the day we found a new huge high quality frying pan with glass lid sitting atop the clothes dryer while our clothese were spinning. We’ve used that pan many times wishing each vacation rental had such a skillet.
|Trinity Beach has many shady areas. Although we didn’t have chairs, we sat on beach towels we’d brought along.|
On top of it all, they’d offered to clean our entire house once a week. Instead, we suggested they only vacuum the area rug and wash the floors once every two weeks.
|View along Trinity Beach and the esplanade.|
|This rock in the ocean is the subject in a painting on the wall, known in the Bay of Islands as one of the rocks of the 12 Apostles in Victoria.|
(Yesterday, we purchased a large box from the postal office with a maximum weight of 20 kilos, 44 pounds. Back at home, we packed and weighed the package and we won’t have trouble staying under the maximum allowable weight).
|A wood decorator item on a wall.|
Then again, we accept the reality that a property owner doesn’t expect this degree of data use and may not be able or willing to make it available during our stay. On a few occasions, we’ve had no choice but to purchase data when the signal in the property was inadequate such as in Kenya and South Africa.
All other locations the wifi has worked well enough for our use without incurring additional expense. We never know if its adequate until we begin to use the provided service and, we never rent a property unless wifi is included in the rent. At this location, it would be certainly be adequate for most travelers doing email and searching for various venues.
|A quaint farm-like decorator box located in the kitchen in the house.|
Another area worthy of mention is lack of air conditioning for visitors in the hotter summer months. The temperature while we were here was rarely over 85F, 29C during these winter months in the southern hemisphere. Had there been AC, we’d never have used it. The summer visitor may feel differently when the temperature can rise to the 90’s F, 30’s C or more.
We never used the hot tub on the veranda. With the warmth during the day and the insects at night, we had little interest. Plus, we are always sensitive of the cost of electricity, turning off lights and appliances when not in use.
Our biggest issue, one we experience all over the world except the US, is the lack of screens on the sliding doors and windows. As a result, when we’re stay indoors, we’re doing so without fresh air other than two tall narrow windows (previously mentioned), one in the living room and the other in the bedroom.
Many tourists, here only a week or two, may have no problem with leaving the doors open without screens. Rarely do tourists cook their meals other than a quick breakfast or sandwich. The fact that we cook daily is a huge draw for flies entering the house.
|This is where we’ve kept the only clutter we leave out.|
The flies magically appear as soon as I begin to prepare meals. Luckily, these flies rarely bite but the fact that they make everything feel dirty, we’re constantly covering food with clean kitchen towels as its being prepared.
Other than flies, there are mozzies, many appearing during the daylight hours and many more at dusk and at night If it weren’t for them and the flies, we’d have been willing to leave the doors open. When we first arrived, we tried it but, after I ended up with dozens of bites itching for days, we changed our minds. Preferring not to wear repellent daily we’ve kept the doors closed. Luckily, there are quiet powerful fans in each room.
We’d expected there to be many insects and snakes in this area and have been pleasantly surprised to see relatively few scary looking critters. Early this morning I awakened Tom when I heard something scratching in the bedroom and making odd sounds.
As it turned out, it was a huge ugly gelatinous looking gecko which is harmless. It scampered off when we tried to catch it to put it outside. Most likely, it found a crack in the house and is long gone.
|This antique mirror with doors is on the wall above the credenza. You can see me in the mirror taking the photo.|
Ants are prolific in Australia as is many other parts of the world. We’ve made a special point of not leaving damp kitchen towels in the laundry basket. All of these mentions of “critters” has nothing specifically to do with this property as much as it is an Australian thing. Luckily, there are less venomous funnel web spiders in Queensland although they’re prolific in Sydney and other states throughout Australia.
As for the location of Trinity Beach…we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. There are many exquisite beaches, plenty of restaurants, excellent conveniently located shops including the local Smithfield Mall and slightly further down the road, Cairns Central Shopping Centre with multi-plex theatre, food court and multiple restaurants.
Although Cairns is a busy tourist area, Trinity Beach feels less so. Although the local markets and restaurants are busy, its never been a problem for us. Traffic is busiest at the many round-abouts on Captain Cook Highway which can be congested at times, especially during rush hour, lunch and on weekends.
|We purchased these black washable placemats to prevent water marks on the wood table. No longer using linen napkins we use these two kitchen towels that travel with us. Neither of us cares to use paper napkins.|
Overall, crowds and traffic haven’t been an issue for us when we plan most outings during the quieter times of day including on weekends. Our lifestyle doesn’t require we visit local points of interest on weekend unless something special is on the agenda that we’d like to see, such as our recent visit to Rusty’s Markets in Cairns on a busy Friday which is only opened Friday through Sunday.
Overall, we’d give this rental a 4.5 out of 5, high on our overall scale. We’d encourage any travelers to the Cairns area to give Trinity Beach a try, staying at this conveniently located, lovely property, well maintained and respectfully managed by a wonderful couple we’ll always remember. Thanks to Sylvie and Andy. Click here for more information on this vacation home.
Yesterday, we visited the Trinity Beach esplanade for the last time, walking on the nicely paved path, nodding hello to others we encountered along the way. Later, we relaxed on the beach mostly in the shade, treasuring the view and the surroundings. It was the busiest day at the beach we’ve seen since our arrival which most likely will escalate with spring in the air.
|Our electrical set up: our a converter/adapter plugged into the wall with our power strip.|
Apparently, locals seldom lounge on the beaches during the winter months, not uncommon in many beach communities throughout the world.
Soon, we’re off to the mall for a few last minute items to take to Fiji, to pay our luggage fees at the travel agency and for our final trip to Woolie’s for a few groceries.
Tomorrow, we’ll share more photos and thoughts on the aesthetics of this area, including those we found most appealing and those which may appeal to the most tourists.
Happy day to all.
Photo from one year ago today, September 1, 2014:
|Tom was checking out the ship’s room service menus posted on the wall in our cabin on the Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas as we prepared to sail from Harwich, London to Boston, USA. For more details, please click here.|