As chilly Autumn looms, do you want that summer feeling to stay? Keep the cold weather at bay and get the wind in your hair with a Road Trip in Queensland.
Tourism and Events Queensland have put together an itinerary that covers a whole lot of diverse destinations along the Pacific Highway. While the highway runs 1700km from Cairns to Brisbane and has so many great things to see and do along the way, how could you go past the stunning Capricorn Coast area. Take a sub-tropical drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay, then head down past Rocky to the picturesque seaside town of Yeppoon. Next, it’s off to the historic sugar cane city of Bundaberg. Maybe then through the fruit farms to the towering coloured sands of Rainbow Beach!
Or if you’re
looking to head on an inland adventure why not head to South Queensland and try
the Warrego Highway – stretching from Brisbane to Birdsville it’s an easy drive
that takes you all the way from the coast to the dessert with lots of
interesting towns to visit along the way.
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.
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.
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.
As two born and bred Australian enterprises, Southern Cross Motel Group and Merlo Coffee share a passion for quality products and exceptional customer experience.
Merlo Coffee was founded by Dean Merlo in Brisbane in 1992 with the Merlo family having already been credited with first introducing Queensland to the European tradition of espresso 30 years earlier. Dean’s Grandfather migrated from Italy to Mackay in 1950 with his family and eventually settled in Brisbane, where his eldest Son, Gino, opened Café Milano in Queen Street Mall in 1960. With a La San Marco espresso machine front and centre, Gino taught Dean all he knew about coffee and hospitality. 25 years on Merlo has gone from selling 200 cups of coffee a day from a single store in Queen Street Mall in Brisbane, to supplying freshly roasted coffee to almost 2000 shops around Australia – and we are 7 of their regional locations!
The best coffee beans are sourced from around the world and roasted daily in Brisbane and Melbourne so that the product we provide to all our guests, whether up north in Mackay or down south in Parkes, is always fresh and full of flavour.
With spring fast approaching so is wedding season! Our properties in Mackay, Bundaberg, Chinchilla and Lithgow offer ceremony, reception and catering options to make your special day a joyous occasion to remember. We have a range of packages available which can all be tailored to suit what you want and need. Our professional teams will help bring your vision to life so you can enjoy a day to remember with family and friends.
Windmill Motel and Events Centre – Mackay As one of the largest event spaces in Mackay Windmill Motel offers ceremony, reception and catering packages for every budget. Our fully airconditioned function spaces can host all group sizes up to 200 guests and our professional functions team will ensure every detail of your big day is personalized and coordinated. Windmill’s wedding package includes onsite accommodation for the bridal party and discounted room rates for all guests. Our lush back garden, overlooking the goose ponds, is a beautiful location for your ceremony or your wedding photography.
Sugar Country Motor Inn – Bundaberg
Sugar Country Motor Inn’s function room seats up to 60 guests and is the ideal central Bundaberg location for a small wedding reception. All functions are catered by our onsite contemporary restaurant – Canecutters Kitchen – which can provide casual, sophisticated and delicious food options for your day. With onsite accommodation for wedding guests and lots of parking nearby Sugar Country Motor Inn is an easy and attractive option for your reception.
The Palms Motel – Chinchilla
The Palms Motel is a convenient Chinchilla wedding venue with ceremony, reception and accommodation all available in a single booking. Our gazebo is a lovely spot for an outdoor wedding ceremony and our restaurant, which can seat up to 70 guests, opens on to our poolside patio which is perfect for post-ceremony/pre-dinner drinks. The Palms Restaurant caters for all functions and offers a range of dining solutions tailored to your group’s needs.
The Bowen Inn Motel – Lithgow
Our on-site Surveyors Restaurant is a stunning space with high panelled ceilings, a rustic fireplace and french doors opening out to our grassed grounds. The restaurant space and fully equipped bar are available for exclusive-use function hire with a range of contemporary Australian catering options offered, all prepared by our esteemed local chef. On-site accommodation and parking are conveniently available for the wedding party and guests.
The Bowen Inn’s Wedding Accommodation Package is offered to weddings located off-site in the surrounding Lithgow area. The package is inclusive of accommodation, a bus to and from the event and a pre-wedding cocktail hour for guests.
We hope you consider hosting your wedding with Southern Cross Motel Group, please call us on 1300 979 746 if you’d like more information on any of our properties.