‘Tis the season to be… enjoying Christmas Carols!

‘Tis the season to be… enjoying Christmas Carols!

One of the signs that Christmas is approaching is when you start hearing all those familiar carols. You can find a Carol night in almost every town and city across the country – by candlelight, by starlight and even in caves!

Here are some local Christmas Carol options if you are staying in our accommodation:

Turtle Time in Bundaberg

Turtle Time in Bundaberg

Every year at the beginning of summer, the majestic Loggerhead Turtles journey to Mon Repos Conservation Park near Bundaberg to nest and soon after thousands of hatching turtles emerge from the sands. From January through til late March, tiny hatchlings can be seen taking their first flips toward the shore. Hundreds of tiny footprints linking the sand dunes to the sea are a tell-tale sign of the turtle hatchlings. Witnessing this rare sight — a once a year dash to the water’s edge — is one of Queensland’s top animal encounters that you can experience in the Bundaberg region.

To celebrate this annual pilgrimage, our two Bundaberg properties are offering a unique Turtle Experience package – contact us direct, book any room and we’ll include two delicious hot breakfasts for you to enjoy with our compliments.

Book at Sugar Country Motor Inn

This offer is valid from now until the end of February 2018.

Fancy a Festival?

Fancy a Festival?

If you’re looking for a great way to spend a weekend, why not venture out to one of the many festivals held in regional Australia in the next couple of months? September saw a host of events across regional Australia: The Little Tribe Festival & TimberFest in Mackay, Capricorn Food & Wine Festival in Rockhampton, RiverFest & SpringFest in Dubbo.  Don’t despair if you missed these, many great festivals are still on the Spring calendar.

How about a planning a visit to Mackay for Global Grooves? The region’s largest multicultural festival is held at the picturesque Queens Park in South Mackay on Saturday 21 October. The open-air event is free to the public and features a smorgasbord of cultural cuisines, colourful dances and live global music, the perfect family-friendly outing.

Continuing the theme of fabulous regional cuisine, the Long Table Multicultural Food Event in the Main Street of Chinchilla is scheduled for Saturday 14 October. And Chinchilla also plays host to the Grandfather Clock Campdraft on 19-22 October and Chinchilla Downtown is proud to be hosting the judges for the annual event.

The Crush Festival & Spirit of Bundaberg Festival in Bundaberg runs through to October 21 with a fabulous line-up of activities. There’s something for everyone from Gallery and Studio Trails, Film Festival and Sand sculptures.

When you’re making your travel plans for your regional visit, remember to book with us and take a look for yourself at the changes we bring.   https://southerncrossmotelgroup.com.au/

Delicious Spring Produce to Tempt the Tastebuds

Delicious Spring Produce to Tempt the Tastebuds

It tempts us!

And our chefs love putting together inventive and delicious dishes with as much local produce as they can find. Chef Peter at Station Restaurant Parkes has put together a Spring menu which is getting rave reviews. The Asian-glazed pork cutlet is a standout dish but do save room for dessert.

The Palms Seafood Buffet on Friday and Saturday nights is getting rave reviews, and features an amazing array of delicacies, with plenty of options for seafood lovers and their land lubber friends. A terrific option for a crowd – large groups are welcome.

The end of the year is almost upon us and if you haven’t yet thought of booking that end of year event, staff party or Christmas gathering, now would be a good time to do so.  Our restaurants welcome group bookings and we’re always happy to work with you to ensure the food, beverages and service suit your function.

The Mill Restaurant & Bar, Mackay – 07 4944 3344

Coffee House Restaurant, Rockhampton – 07 4927 5799

Canecutters Kitchen, Bundaberg – 07 4111 1622

Alexandras, Bundaberg – 07 4132 6999

The Palms Restaurant, Chinchilla – 07 4672 9888

Station Restaurant, Parkes – 02 6862 8444

Chomping at the Bit for Melbourne Cup Day celebrations

Chomping at the Bit for Melbourne Cup Day celebrations

By now you’ll have organised your Cup day celebrations – an office sweep perhaps, a fascinator or two and some chicken and champagne delivered to the door.

At the end of the festivities, if you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and finish your day, look no further than one of our welcoming motel restaurants or bars: Canecutters Kitchen in Bundaberg, Station Restaurant Parkes, The Palms Chinchilla, The Mill in Mackay and Coffee House Rockhampton.

All of our restaurants are open for business Tuesday evenings and we welcome you and your guests to celebrate your wins or commiserate and recover after a big day out.

Tips from staff? Be nice to your mother!