The Perfect Summer Road Trip

The Perfect Summer Road Trip

Visit NSW have put together a selection of amazing NSW Road Trips perfect for easy getaways over the summer – they’ve done all the planning, so all you have to do is enjoy the journey. Road trips are the perfect way to experience all there is to see and do in the wonderfully diverse NSW – from spectacular beaches and national parks, to historic landmarks and outstanding regional hospitality – the region offers a range of perfect holiday solutions right on your doorstep.

Our top pick is the NSW Food and Wine Trail which guides you through a stunning 4-day route from Lithgow to Mudgee and includes stops in Parkes and Dubbo! Explore a hand-selected itinerary of destinations and activities, including artisan cheeseries, vineyards, farmers markets and berry farms coupled with cultural and heritage destinations such as the Parkes Dish and Dubbo Taronga Zoo.

Find all the details for your next getaway here https://www.visitnsw.com/things-to-do/drives-and-road-trips

Inland Rail and the Rebirth of Parkes

Inland Rail and the Rebirth of Parkes

With the turning of the first sod on Friday 2nd October in Parkes, the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail development was officially underway. This project is one of the biggest regional investments ever made and is set to transform the Parkes region.

The development hopes to significantly improve the national freight rail system and has been designed to improve the access our farms and mines have to capital cities and crucial ports, in turn enhancing regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria’s access to both domestic and international markets. The completion of Inland Rail will officially establish Parkes as a 24/7 multi-modal national transport hub, with the ability to transport and process freight between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide within 24-hours. Parkes will also become the only location in Australia where the Inland Rail line also intersects with the north-south Newell highway and the east-west rail-line, making this regional NSW town one of the busiest transport nodes in the country, with the capacity to reach over 80 per cent of the nation’s population in less than 12-hours. As a result of the Inland Rail, the volume of freight travelling along the eastern seaboard is expected to double to 8 billion tonnes by 2030.

Parkes’ Mayor, Ken Keith, spoke with the ABC last December about the project. As Parkes’ local unemployment rate sits higher than the national average, and the weekly income of Parkes residents sits below average, Keith is excited to see the Inland Rail bring much-deserved growth and ongoing opportunity to his community.

Meet our Rocky Managers

Meet our Rocky Managers

Say hello to our new Coffee House Apartment Motel Property Managers, Kelsey and Luke! Both originally from Tasmania, growing up just around the corner from each other, Kelsey and Luke have a combined 25-years of experience working in the hospitality industry. Kelsey and Luke share a passion for people and service and are loving their new position and the opportunity to work together as a team.

New to Rockhampton, both Kelsey and Luke are extremely impressed with the area and its facilities and are enjoying living and working centrally in the CBD, while being so close to the waterfront. For anyone visiting Rocky for the first time, Kelsey and Luke think the Zoo and Botanical Gardens are both a must see!

Next time you’re in Rocky, make sure to drop by for a coffee and say hi!

Treasury Wine Estates

Treasury Wine Estates

Treasury Wine Estates started back in 1843 with the establishment of the Lindeman’s Vineyard in the Hunter Valley. Through acquisitions over the last 100-years Treasury has evolved into one of the world’s largest wine companies which today boast a diverse portfolio of more than 70 wine brands, many of which are recognised internationally for their excellence. Treasury is uniquely positioned as a company as it personally handles each step of the growing, making and marketing process to ensure their wines are of an impeccably high standard.

Southern Cross Motel Group works directly with Treasury Wines to personally curate our wine list. Filled with a range of Australian sparking, white and red wines, you can find our custom wine list at all of our property restaurants – The Mill Restaurant, Coffee House, Alexandras Restaurant, Canecutters Kitchen, The Palms Restaurant, Station Steakhouse and Surveyors Restaurant.

A Smashing Success – Fundraising for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale Campaign

A Smashing Success – Fundraising for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale Campaign

The Southern Cross Motel Group has dedicated the entire month of September to raising much-needed funds for Queensland and New South Wales drought relief efforts.

Liam Kelly, CEO of Southern Cross Motel Group, is “proud to announce that we have raised $9000.00 for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale Campaign, via the hard work of our team of management and staff and thanks to the immense generosity of the Southern Cross Motel Group community.”

Alongside collecting gold coin donations in our restaurants and receptions our properties also raised funds through fantastic community initiatives, from degustation dinners to carpark parties.

In the coming weeks Rural Aid will be using the funds to send a full semi-trailer of hay to a farming community in need. The Southern Cross Motel Group’s CEO and Operations Team had the opportunity to meet with Rural Aid’s General Manager, Wayne Thomson, and discuss the incredible work he and his team are achieving around the country to help relieve drought pressures. Over the last few weeks alone they have used donations big and small to provide feed, food, fuel and support to hundreds of farms and families.

With 11 properties in rural Queensland and New South Wales this drought continues to take a toll on the families and farmers of our very own communities. “We are excited to be doing our part and using our network, stretching from Mackay to Junee, to make real a difference,” says Liam Kelly.