Saturday, July 24, 2010

Great toilets everywhere

Australians are known for plain speaking, and don’t use wishy-washy terms for natural functions. No “washrooms” here—but plenty of public toilets!

IMG_8000Most towns have well-marked public toilets, and innovative water-free or composting toilets are common at parks and even roadside pull-offs. Sinks are usually included too—although taps may dispense just a trickle from rainwater collected in on-site tanks in dry area.

Having spent uncomfortable time searching desperately for a “washrooms” in Canadian towns and cities, we really appreciate this aspect of travel in Oz.

But in fairness to Canada, our winters provide an almost insurmountable barrier: no outdoor toilet would survive –20C temperatures. Too bad…