We have some news to let you know about in Mackay!
Firstly we’d like to introduce our sensational new managers – Tony & Bernadette bring a wealth of Food & Beverage operations and Customer Service skills to Windmill Motel & Events Centre having recently moved from Townsville where they ran the Rockpool Seafood Café on the Strand for 10 years. Bernadette & Tony love the potential this property has to offer and are enthusiastic to connect with the community and deliver some exciting new options to the region. You may already be aware of The Mill Wine Tastings – on select Friday evenings you can join us to taste a range of wines from our new wine list whilst enjoying a delicious antipasto and cheese grazing table.
Our second announcement is a true taste sensation – drawing on previous experience and a deep understanding for how tasty and popular this type of food is Tony & Bernadette are bringing Smokehouse BBQ to Mackay on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons! For each session they’ll be firing up our brand-new offset smoker to make a delicious range of Smokehouse BBQ favourites including Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Bratwurst Sausage and Sticky Chicken Wings. And it’s not just for the meat lovers – our tempting range of sides and delicious desserts are bound to please all tastes.
Friday evenings at The Mill Smoke & Grill will be about having an easy but mouth-watering meal in our restaurant. For our Smokey Sunday Sessions make sure you bring you family and friends and come armed with your best appetite and a picnic blanket. You can follow the gentle melodies of live music and the welcoming aroma of wood chips to The Lake Deck and discover that where there’s Smokehouse there’s a whole lot more than just fire!
If that’s got you salivating then keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on the grand launch of The Mill Smoke & Grill on Sunday 21st July and remember to stop and say hi to Bernadette & Tony next time you’re in Mackay.
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!
Gone are the days of boring, monotonous Business Meetings and Conferences. The Windmill Motel and Event Centre is one of the largest function venues in Mackay, and their options are as varied as they are numerous.
Our event space is quite versatile – while it can be used as three separate rooms it can also be transformed into a couple of larger rooms or an enormous Convention Hall with theatre seating for up to 300 people. And the venue’s versatility doesn’t stop there. There’s our Lake Deck that can be used for more relaxed meetings, informal gatherings or as a breakout area complete with an indoor/outdoor space and a fully-functional Bar-B-Que and also our large grassed area for demonstrations, ceremonies and just enjoying the fresh air. If you add our Accommodation Packages, it really is a Corporate “One Stop Shop”
So, if you are in the market for an exciting Business Venue, take the time to visit our Facebook page to check out the wide variety of events we’ve had the pleasure to host. Click on the link below to our website and under the ‘Events & Conferences’ tab you’ll find a solution for all your needs in our Corporate Package. Call us at any time to discuss your plans or drop in and we’d be more than happy to take you on a tour of the property and show you the different venue options.
When medals get awarded at wine shows the judges have a difficult and complex task. They have to rate each wine out of 3 for Appearance, out of 7 for Smell and out of 10 for Taste, these scores are then added together to give a total out of 20. The results for all of the wines are then compared and a winning wine is selected, it seems such a long-winded process just to select a great wine.
Now, thankfully, The Southern Cross Motel Group no longer needs to worry about a process like this because we’re very excited to announce our new partnership with Oatley Wine Merchants!
While only relatively new, the Oatley Family’s Australian wine distribution business is one that draws on four decades of passion for grape growing, wine making and marketing. Sandy Oatley and his family have a commitment to the wine industry in this country that is based on delivering wines from family-held vineyards, premium growers across the country and key brand partners from different parts of Australia.
For all of our properties across the Southern Cross Motel Group this means we have great access to more top-quality Australian wines, and the size of our group will certainly mean the wine comes to us competitively priced. For our guests this simply means they get more delicious “By the Glass” offerings and better value for money.
The choice for us then seems easy and logical – we can select wines using a convoluted process like a wine show judge or simply rely on the advice and knowledge that comes from over 40 years of commitment to making and marketing quality wine in Australia.
And that’s why we now raise a glass and toast the new exclusive Wine Supplier to the Southern Cross Motel Group – Oatley Wine Merchants.
While a good road trip can be feast for your eyes, it can also be a feast, literally. With so many bespoke Wineries and other Gourmet producers popping up everywhere the possibilities can seem endless. And that’s where our friends at Visit NSW come in. They have quite a selection of different Drives, and the great thing is you can get a few ideas and take it from there. We looked at a little 4-day drive – The Food Lovers Road Trip.
Firstly, it takes you from Sydney to Hawkesbury, an area that inlcudes boutique establishments like the Ironbark Gin Distillery and the Hillbilly Cider Distillery. Next stop Lithgow and time to revel in the majestic landscape and take in all the grand views. On the drive to Mudgee stop off at the Jannei Goat Dairy if goat’s cheese is to your liking or try the High Valley Cheese Company in Mudgee for artisan crafted cheeses made with local milk. Then as you head to Cessnock and Pokolbin, get some fresh olives from the Olive Grove at Pukara Estate in Muswellbrook. And now with a car full of gourmet delights, you’re ready for the multitude of Wineries that make up the world-famous Hunter Valley.
But here’s the great thing, you can take all the details and reverse them. Head north from Sydney, hang a left at Newcastle and start in the Hunter. In that case you just stock-up on your wines and start what Hemingway would call, your moveable feast!
For all the details of this trip and many more go to https://www.visitnsw.com/things-to-do/drives-and-road-trips/food-lovers-roadtrip
If you’d prefer to find a great base in the region to stay for a few nights The Bowen Inn Motel is located in Lithgow and a short drive from a number of the highlights of this tour – plus after a day out you can relax and have a delicious dinner in Surveyors Restaurant before a very quick walk to your bed to rest up for the next day’s adventures – https://southerncrossmotelgroup.com.au/motels/nsw/lithgow-accommodation/bowen-inn-motel/
When comparing our Bookings in 2017 to 2018, we have found that the total Corporate Bookings across the Group has increased by more than 30%. As a result the number guests that are travelling for business and staying at each of our properties has also been on the rise. To see this trend continue we are working to keep engaged with this market and their needs.
With this in mind we sat down with one of our mangers who is dealing first-hand with this up-turn and with his help came up with 5 Simple but Helpful Travel Tips for Corporate Travellers:
- Remember to pack your chargers but don’t forget them when you leave.
- Stay connected and ask for the WiFi Password when you check in – we are constantly working to improve our WiFi offerings across the group to keep up with demand.
- Make sure you have a Healthy Lunch, either by dining in one of our restaurants or by ordering a packed lunch the night before.
- Always have Down Time, and in country Queensland it’s still warm enough to use the pool, so remember your swimmers.
- Make sure to leave your email address and request your receipt be sent to you, then you don’t need to dig through bags later to reconcile your credit card.
- The Property Managers are your friends, and they want to help – a friendly smile and thank you is always appreciated!