Food Lovers Road Trip

Food Lovers Road Trip

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

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 –

6 Simple Tips for Corporate Travellers

6 Simple Tips for Corporate Travellers

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!
Meet Troy & Tina from The Aberdeen

Meet Troy & Tina from The Aberdeen

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.

Weddings at The Windmill, Mackay

Weddings at The Windmill, Mackay

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! 

Plan a Road Trip in Queensland this Autumn

Plan a Road Trip in Queensland this Autumn

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.

The Perfect Summer Road Trip

The Perfect Summer Road Trip

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.

Find all the details for your next getaway here