The Most Amazing Loo

Trip Start Jul 16, 2010
Trip End Jan 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, August 7, 2010

So what's with the title?  Well, we saw and experienced the most Jetson-like loo there is!
Okay, ...just go with me, and I'll try my best to describe it.  ....should of filmed the bloomin' thing.

Walk up to a unit in the green that is approximately the size of 2 1/2 Port-a-potties.  Diagrams and a flashing green light on a large panel. (red light if it is occupied)  Touch the small metal area indicated, and " v v v v tt" (hear Star Trek sound here) the large silver rectangular door slides to one side and disappears - like an elevator type deal.  On entering, another metal area is indicated so that the door will now close "v v v v tt"  (oh quit laughin' you weren't there - & we were not the only ones amused by this thing  - others took pictures inside & out ! .....yeah yeah,....why didn't we?...) 
A voice then reassures you the door is now locked.  The voice then tells you you have a maximum of ten minutes,  (cheek!)  and that the toilet will flush automatically when you commence hand-washing.   Music now begins playing.  
The abode itself, and everything in this cubicle from space, is stainless steel.   Full length mirror,....for those kinky types.  Stainless steel floor, walls, and then of course the sink.........thing. 
A recessed hole in the wall.  Put your hands in, to one side, and soap is in your hands, move your hands ever-so slightly to the right and the water begins, once done, move your hands further to the right and a blower blasts your hands with warm air.  The music is still playing.   Oh, ....and if you've been good, would be hearing the toilet flush by now.
Touch the particular spot on the wall and "v v v v tt" door opens, music stops playing and you are back in the park.    Maaarvelous darling.

Port Douglas though, is stunningly beautiful.  Just a tad north of Ellis Beach, and 70 km north of Cairns.  The main street is jam packed with (very over-priced) t shirts, ornaments, doo-hickies and doo-dads no one needs.  Dining seems like a past time, and varied in price, quality and selection.  Lonely Planet guide book recommends The Tin Shed.  So off we trek to Wharf St. to sign in, (everyone must sign a large guest book on entering) sit down and order from a great selection and at great prices (for Aus. anyway).  Turns out we get in 10 minutes too late for the lunch menu and they do not begin to serve again until 5 p.m. 
Back to the guide book; Deli On Grant at the other end of the little downtown area next on the list.  A $55 lunch gives two hamburgers,(pressed matter, not beef, but good anyway) with toppings of beetroot, lettuce, onion, tomato & sauce (no fries etc); also, two plates of Calamari & Chips, one coffee & one non-alcoholic fruit drink.
But the area is breathtaking.

The girls wandered off to window shop and pick up some postcards.  Brian & I headed the other direction, the beach, and found a concrete staircase that goes up for a better view of 4-Mile Beach.

After a couple of hours we headed back out of town; not without a bit more driving around the south area of town to check out 5 homes for rent.  Some good, most really, but all too far from the hub for us, without a vehicle, to really consider for our month of October in Australia.  Back to the drawing board on that one.

!!!!****Footnote!! found a link to the loo!  haha:

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