Merlo Coffee

Merlo Coffee

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.

Wedding Season at Southern Cross Motel Group

Wedding Season at Southern Cross Motel Group

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.

Buy a Bale with Southern Cross Motel Group

Buy a Bale with Southern Cross Motel Group

We are excited to announce that for the entire month of September the Southern Cross Motel Group will be fundraising for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale Campaign.  With 11 properties in rural Queensland and New South Wales locations, this drought is taking its toll on the families and farmers of our very own communities.

As a group our goal is to raise funds to provide two trucks of hay feed, one each to be freighted to QLD and NSW farms in need. And we need your help to meet this goal!  Throughout the month of September we are asking our past and future guests to help us by giving whatever you can – all donations, big and small, will contribute to much needed resources to drought-affected areas.

If you’d like to donate through us you will find donation boxes at our reception desks and restaurants.  Each of our properties will also be hosting their own fundraising efforts throughout September so keep your eye on our Facebook pages for all the details and join us in supporting our fellow regional Australians and the farmers who support us!

Door to Roar in 10 Minutes

Door to Roar in 10 Minutes

As a New South Wales landmark Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to over 700 animals including exotic and endangered species from the Black Rhinoceros to Sumatran Tigers.  With something to suit any traveller or family Dubbo’s open range zoo and 6km circuit allow you to immerse yourself amongst the animals and Australia’s bush and wildlife like nowhere else in Australia.

Why not plan a trip to Dubbo these school holidays and visit the world-famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo? Our ABERDEEN MOTEL DUBBO ZOO PACKAGE includes accommodation, 2-day zoo passes and breakfast for the whole family. The Aberdeen Motel is perfectly located, placing you right on the doorstep of your Savannah Adventure. Jump on our Southern Cross Motel Group website for all the details or call us directly on (02) 6884 1700 for a tailored package price (offer valid until December 31st 2018).

Scottish Highland Cattle Come to Junee

Scottish Highland Cattle Come to Junee

Highland Cattle from all over the country came to Junee at the beginning of June for the National Highland Cattle Show, held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. After enjoying his stay and warm welcome at Junee Motor Inn, the event organizer, John Cummings, advocated for the society to host their 27th Annual National Show in the wonderful and modest town of Junee. It’s the first time in seven years the show has been held in New South Wales, with the Riverina one of the fastest growing regions for the unique breed. Undeniably the cutest breed around, the Scottish highland cattle were judged on the strength and curve of their horns and the length of their outer coat of hair, with calves as young as 2 months old participating. Congratulations to all the winning cows and their hard-working owners!

It was wonderful to see the 140 members of the Australia’s Highland Cattle Society enjoy the hospitality of the Junee region and we hope to see some adorable highland cows back again soon.

Surveyors Restaurant Re-Launches at The Bowen Inn Motel Lithgow with Local, Innovative and Modern Australian Cuisine

Surveyors Restaurant Re-Launches at The Bowen Inn Motel Lithgow with Local, Innovative and Modern Australian Cuisine

Southern Cross Motel Group is proud to announce the re-launch of The Bowen Inn Motel’s Surveyors Restaurant. Following the success of The Station Restaurant in Parkes, we are excited to bring another wholesome food offering to regional NSW. Darren Wood, our new chef, brings to the property over 25 years of acclaimed experience and we are confident his innovation, and passion will establish Surveyors Restaurant as a food destination for both locals and travellers alike.

Surveyors serves Merlo Coffee and home-made snacks from 7am to 2pm with a dinner menu then available 6 – 8:30pm Monday to Saturday. With simple and hearty food made from locally sourced produce, friendly staff, crisp white table clothes and a roaring fire, Surveyors is the perfect place to cozy up this winter with a hot coffee or glass of wine and a scrumptious meal.

If you’re starting to organise the work Christmas party, a birthday or even your wedding, give us a call on (02) 6352 5111 to discuss Surveyors’ function packages – we can offer venue, catering and accommodation solutions.