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Give Me a Break: Bloomfield Lodge

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Executing the surprise for this week's Give Me a Break segment involved Jason Dundas going undercover as an A Current Affair reporter.

Twenty-four-year-old Constable Sarah Abela is a serving officer at Macquarie Fields Police Station. She was nominated by her boss, Pat Paroz, the local area commander. The busy station has 167 sworn police officers and 14 administrative staff serving and protecting the community. Pat said that in policing terms — just shy of three years — Sarah is quite junior, but in terms of ability and commitment, she is a leader and well deserving of a Getaway Give Me a Break.

According to Pat, Sarah is polite, respectful and courteous but never backs away from the difficult situations police often have to face. She is highly committed to her job and thorough with attention to detail. Her attitude to the public is caring and compassionate and she is an excellent role model for new police starting out. She has great pride in her work but is humble when receiving frequent positive feedback from colleagues and supervisors.

Jason was very convincing as an A Current Affair reporter and Sarah believed he was doing a report on women in the police force.

When they arrived back at the station, everyone was waiting with the surprise that she was about to go on a fantastic holiday. Her husband David had done the unenviable task of packing for her and, when the excitement died down, they boarded an ETA Limousine and headed for an overnight stay at the Sydney Hilton.

The secret of the final destination was still safe and all Sarah and David knew was that they would be taking two flights and a boat ride before all would be revealed.

The first plane trip took them as far as Cairns where they boarded a charter flight to the Daintree in Queensland's far north.

A four-wheel drive then took them on a 20-minute drive along the Bloomfield Track to the Bloomfield River for a cruise down river to the sea. The boat goes to a wooden jetty and is hoisted by tractor to dry land, with Bloomfield Lodge resting on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking Weary Bay.

A stone path and wooden staircase leads to the reception and you could be arriving at a lodge in Africa but, better still, you're in Far North Queensland!

Just 34 guests stay at Bloomfield Lodge at one time and rooms — every one with an individual design — are scattered throughout several hectares. Each has a veranda with views through the rainforest to the water. They have rattan furniture, crisp white bed linen and polished floorboards. Sarah and David scored the honeymoon suite — and it doesn't get much better!

It's the only place in the world where you can stay with World Heritage sites sitting side-by-side: the Daintree Rainforest at the door and the Great Barrier Reef across the bay.

Bloomfield Lodge is surrounded by wonderful wildlife, including giant green tree frogs, paradise kingfisher birds, shovel-nosed rays in the bay, crocodiles and maybe even the odd shark. Plant and marine life abound. One minute you can be admiring a delicate tropical orchid, only to be interrupted by a cheeky parrot or lorikeet. From dolphins to clownfish, on land or water, it's nature at her most exuberant.

A wooden suspension bridge links the dining area to the accommodation and a wide veranda wraps around the resort. And there's no table rules like at home, as you're allowed to open screens to feed visiting birds and lizards.

Meals are served at set times and drinks are self-serve on an honour system. Tables seat six to eight people and menus have been designed to suit the climate. Coral Sea prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, barramundi in coconut broth and fruit sorbets are just some of the temptations.

Guests fish off the pier, take a boat out or hike to a beach. There are visits to the reef and rainforest, cruises up the Bloomfield River and a 15-minute walk to an open rock area which provides a stunning outlook.

It was time for Jason to leave Sarah and David to enjoy their well-deserved break at Bloomfield Lodge and we congratulated Sarah on her attitude and dedication to the important job of keeping us all safe.


Where the rainforest meets the ocean in Far North Queensland.


Bloomfield Lodge costs $1520 for four nights. The Honeymoon Suite starts at $2230 for four nights. All meals, courtesy car from and return to Cairns, guided rainforest walk, river cruise, scenic flight and private bus and boat transfers are included. Guest laundry and some activities are also included.

Virgin Blue has flights to Cairns.

One-way fares from:

  • Sydney and Brisbane $159
  • Melbourne $205
  • Adelaide $249
  • Darwin $280
  • Perth $340

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.

Prices correct on October 29, 2009.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Bloomfield Lodge
PO Box 966
Cairns 4870
Ph: (07) 4035 9166

User comments
Just seen your comments & video about the Lodge. We were staying there when you were filming Sarah & David so it brought back happy memories. It is a truly wonderful location and all the staff are so welcoming and hospitable. It is the perfect place for a special occasion & in contrast to the honeymooners, we were celebrating our Golden Wedding! We enjoyed meeting Sarah & her husband & they were very helpful in giving us ideas of where to go & what to see on our trip to the Blue Mts. over the holiday weekend. This was our 4th visit to Australia and it was as good as ever!

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