Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #3 – Rainbow Valley, NT

The view from the Rainbow Valley campground Loo!

The view from the Rainbow Valley campground Loo!

Yes, yes, I just had to keep the theme going (check out Scenic Public Toilets #1 and #2 if you don’t know what I’m talking about)!  From Stuarts Well in the Northern Territory, it’s only a short drive to the amazing Rainbow Valley where yet another public convenience with a splendid view awaits your pleasure!  Or should that be business??!!

Quite apart from the opportunity to seat yourself in a scenic spot, there’s a small campground with only a short walk across the lake bed to the outstanding rock formations.

BUT … enjoy it while you can, because I’ll bet anything you like (with the possible exception of my superannuation) that it’s only a matter of time before visitors will be unable to explore the area with the same carefree abandon that we experienced.  An unfenced, unrestricted, unfettered tourist site is almost a thing of the past under the twin clouds of litigation and public liability.  While willingly abrogating responsibility for ones actions to me seems a poor substitute for planning, care and common sense, it’s the norm these days.  More’s the pity because public area restrictions have become more and more prohibitive, often allowing nothing more than a glimpse of the landmark in question from a safely fenced off viewing platform.  But I digress …

Rainbow Valley, Northern Territory

Rainbow Valley, Northern Territory

An awesome photo opportunity exists when the lake bed (in the foreground, and dry on our visit) is full of water.  Of course this would also make the view from the amenities even more spectacular.  BUT … the access track across the lake to the rocks becomes impassable after rain!  AND I’m guessing the road in would also be pretty dodgy.

But I’m also betting that in whatever conditions you visit Rainbow Valley, you too will find it a magic spot!

One comment

  • Don’t you love the folks that come up with the placement of the potties? You photos are wonderful no matter where you were sitting when you took them. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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