Introducing Our Newest Property – Eastgate on the Range Toowoomba!

Introducing Our Newest Property – Eastgate on the Range Toowoomba!

June saw Southern Cross Motel Group grow to include twelve properties – our newest member is Eastgate on the Range, Toowoomba!  We’re excited to welcome property manager Scott to the group and also to be able to welcome previous Southern Cross Motel Group guests to take a look at this fantastic property if they’re in need of a place to stay in Toowoomba.

Positioned right behind the Welcome Sign on the Brisbane side of town, Eastgate on the Range is literally at the top of the range with an outlook back over the Lockyer Valley toward the coast.  From their front door you can reach Toowoomba’s hospitals, the Darling Downs’ medical hub, Picnic Point lookout, Toowoomba Grammar School and the CBD in less than 5 minutes with plenty of dining options either inhouse or just a quick wander up the road.

Eastgate on the Range offers a collection of 4* motel style rooms designed to suit travellers in need of a quick and comfortable break while their generous apartments are perfect for guests looking for a home away from home – most have full kitchens, separate sitting areas and washing machines!  Groups are more than welcome with convenient parking for larger vehicles and a number of easily accessible rooms.

So next time you’re in Toowoomba please stop by to say hello and maybe stay a while – we’d love to see you!

Qantas Double-Points – yes there’s still time!

Qantas Double-Points – yes there’s still time!

If you’re a Qantas Member and you make a booking with any of our Southern Cross Motel Group properties, you can still get Double Qantas Points.

It started November 2018 and covers all valid bookings and stays right up until 19th April 2019.

So just click the link below, log on with your Qantas account then choose a Southern Cross Motel – it’s as easy as that.

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!

SCMG Signs

SCMG Signs

Last month Station Motel Parkes became the last Southern Cross Motel Group property to have its official SCMG branded sign installed. A Southern Cross Motel Group sign is a promise of a nice clean room, service with a smile and great food – all at a fair rate! Whether you’re travelling to Mackay, Junee or anywhere in between keep your eyes peeled for our navy and white street sign and the Southern Cross symbol welcoming you to one of our properties.

Meet the Managers

Meet the Managers

Nick and Sharon have been living in Narrabri and working at the Adelong Motel for over 18 months and love the fast pace of the property, its exceptional reputation and the opportunity to meet and bond with travellers from all walks of life.

Nick and Sharon have been working in the motel management industry for over 6 and a half years now but originally come from backgrounds as a beauty therapist and cabinet maker, respectively. They have a 12-year-old son named Mitch and enjoy going camping as a family on their breaks (recently, they spent an amazing week camping on Moreton Island!).

While reasonably new to Narrabri their favourite parts of the region are its perfect mix of stunning natural scenery and charming boutique-lined streets. Personally, they aprreciate the wonderful bushwalking trails through the national parks and the stunning scenery of Sawn Rocks and Mount Kaputar.

Next time you’re staying at Adelong Motel or enjoying a drink and bite to eat at Café Cotton make sure to say hello!