Are you looking for new ideas for things to do outside the traditional holiday spots? While our beaches are beautiful and our cities are vibrant there’s so much more to see and do in Australia. Better yet the government are often investing in initiatives to help you get out west to see how great it is for yourself! At the start of the year the Queensland Government subsidised rail travel on three of QLD Rail’s outback lines – The Inlander, The Westlander and Spirit of the Outback – and there are rumours they will be doing it again this summer as part of the Year of Outback Tourism. Plus they’ve been busy supporting a range of fantastic events with something for everyone with music, food, wine, sports and film festivals happening all over the state (you can see the full list at https://events.premiers.qld.gov.au/outback/events-funded.aspx). Even if you’re not keen to attend one of these events it’s worth considering a trip to regional Australia to see the beauty of the land, the charm of the towns and to meet the characters who live in these special areas. Now is an especially important time to consider a rural trip given how much your tourism dollars will help towns struggling through one of the worst droughts Australia has seen. So pack up your car or book your tickets, head out west and have a wonderful time!
After a month in the job as one half of our new Management Team at Sugar Country Motor Inn in Bundaberg Damien Garro has already found that the most asked question at the property is ‘Where’s the Rum Distillery?’ In spite of the numerous requests for directions to the city’s best-known landmark Damien still has the attitude that “Bundy is the gateway to many opportunities for visitors”. The other half the new team is Adam, Damien’s brother, and while officially the brothers were born in Victoria, they are both quick to point out they have now lived longer outside that State than in it! From South Australia and up to the N.T. with time in Queensland’s Central Highlands, it’s a wide and varied list of locations. While Damien says “A month isn’t long to soak in what the area has to offer” it seems already they are happy to add Bundaberg’s name to that list. And both of the boys are excited about the opportunities they have at Sugar Country; the dining options they say are excellent, and they like the property’s spacious rooms and its close proximity to transport and the CBD. Even at this early stage though they are excited by the tourism possibilities they can see, mainly for the property but also the city in general. Damien underlines this Gateway potential when he can already share what he considers to be highlights of the region; Lady Musgrave, Mon Repos, Bargara, Baffle Creek, Woodgate Beach and the town of 1770. There’s bound to be more that our new Management Team need to experience in the region so they’d love you to drop by and let them know what to add to their To Do list!
A Surveyor’s job is to gather precise measurements and then pass on recommendations based on their knowledge and expertise. While we don’t know much about the shape of the earth’s surface we can give our expert opinion on what you’ll love about Surveyors Restaurant at Bowen Inn Motel, Lithgow – our great coffee, our delicious Sunday Brunch and our cosy dinners.
If you’re anything like us you often need coffee to get through a day, we have barista made Merlo Coffee available everyday and you can enjoy this in our comfortable restaurant, outside while taking in the view or if you’re in a rush you can take one to go. When it comes to Sundays why not add a great Brunch to your Coffee? Open between 8 and 11am we have a range of delicious options whether you want a light and healthy start or our famous hearty Surveyors Breakfast to last you all day. If you’re looking for a nice place for a night out we can help out there too with our seasonal menus available for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Thursday nights are extra special as we’ll have a signature dish at a special price. And don’t worry that summer is still a little while away in Lithgow, we have a large open Fireplace, and it’s the perfect spot to start a quiet intimate dinner for two.
Ah Spring, it’s here again just like it always promised. And if you’re over the cold and glad to see the back of Winter, you probably know exactly what the late comedian Robin Williams meant when he said that Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” It’s something our friends at the Oatley Wine Group certainly do understand and they’ve found us some fresh and exciting wines for this new season. These wines, Wildflower Cabernet Sauvignon and Wildflower Sauvignon Blanc have come a long way across the Nullarbor and just like the region’s flora, the wines are distinctly Western Australian. The Cab Sav flaunts delicate flavours and fine tannins, that have been refined over time from the region’s mild summers, steady springs and cool sea breezes by showcasing vibrant plum and dark berry textures. By contrast these same conditions produce a completely different result in the Sav Blanc. A gentle, refreshing acidity that comes from the influence of the cooling ocean breezes which only serves to enhance fresh herbal notes and the intense citrus fruits. Great news is they loved the Sav Blanc so much in Tasmania that they awarded it the trophy for ‘Best Sauvignon Blanc’ at the Royal Hobart Wine Show. So when you do visit one our Southern Cross Motel Group properties over the next few months, keep a look-out for our Spring Wine Special and join the Wildflower Party!
Troy and Tina are coming up to nearly 12 months as managers of the Aberdeen Motel, our property in Dubbo.
Recently they told us “We love living in Dubbo, as the sun is always shining and the weather in general is amazing”. They originally come from Melbourne, so it’s pretty clear they’re not missing the weather! Not so sure about the AFL Footy though, as Troy is a mad Collingwood Magpies fan and Tina supports their arch rivals, the Carlton Blues.
Troy and Tina have managed the Aberdeen Motel, Dubbo since its refurbishment. Through this past year, they have supervised and overseen the property’s growth and are very proud of what they have been able to achieve. They love their regular guests.
Being avid travellers themselves, Troy and Tina enjoy meeting fellow explorers and hearing their stories of weird and wonderful people in exotic places. In their time-off they have made it to Europe, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands and different parts of Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam with Myanmar their nest port-of-call.
And there’s an Asian influence in their recommendation to check out the amazing ‘Shoyoen’ Japanese Garden on your nest visit. But of course, their favourite destination in Dubbo is the stunning Western Plains Zoo.
Has someone popped “the” question? Are you “gunna put a ring on it” in 2019? Need a venue for your perfect day? Then look no further than the Windmill Motel & Events Centre in Mackay!
While we can effortlessly give you your grand Wedding with all the trimmings at one of the largest event spaces in Mackay, we can also make your small, intimate ceremony by the lake just as beautiful and memorable.
Weddings are our business and it’s a business we love. We had a fantastic time attending the Mackay Wedding Expo on the 3rd of February meeting lots of engaged couples and sharing information about the property.
If you didn’t make the Expo, no problem. Visit the ‘Events & Conferences’ tab on our website to download the Wedding Package and take a look at the range of options available, When you’re ready you can give us a call or send us an email to get more information or to book your 2019 Wedding – we’d also be happy to show you around the property so feel free to drop in to get a tour and to discuss your big day!