2018 has seen Mackay awarded Australian Town of the Yearby Wotif. Beating classic destinations, including Byron Bay and Cairns, Mackay took the title thanks to the many exceptional attractions of the up-and-coming region and the array of affordable accommodation options currently offered.

Mackay Mayor, Greg Williamson, is confident that Mackay is “going to see a tremendous year in tourism in 2018” (Poulson, 2018), and with the region undoubtedly offering something for every kind of traveller, we couldn’t agree more!

Perched on the shores of the coral sea, with palm-lined streets and art deco architecture, Mackay Town is the perfect place to situate yourself to explore all the city and region has to offer.

Finch Hatten Gorge, just an hour from Mackay city, is a lush rainforest offering stunning flora, waterfalls and volcanic rock formations. The hinterland is spotted with walking trails, picturesque picnic spots and rockpools, and, for the more adventurous, can even zipline through the canopies or go Rainforest scuba diving with platypus!

Cape Hillsborough National Parkis only a 40 minute drive from Mackay town and sees dense rainforest meet pristine ocean. The Park offers an array of walking trails, including bush walks through rainforests teeming with tiger butterflies. We recommend an early rise to catch a glorious sunrise over the white-sandy beaches of the Cape. Watch on to see wallabies and kangaroos scatter the beach as they scavenge along the tideline!

Mackay’s 2018 event’s calendaris jam-packed with exciting cultural offerings, making a stay in the heart of the Mackay Region enticing in and of itself. Not to be missed events coming to Mackay Town this year include Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Roadshow, the Northern Queensland Derby, the Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake and the Mackay Invitational PBR.

For a full list of events, destinations and recommendations in the Mackay Region visit The Mackay Region Queensland tourism website!

Giving Back to the Community

Giving Back to the Community

Supporting local communities is part of our DNA at Southern Cross Motel Group.  In big ways and small, we ensure we are paying attention to what is going on in our towns, and we are constantly on the lookout for ways to assist.

Both The Downtown Motor Inn and The Palms Motel in Chinchilla sponsor local charities including the local RSL and St Joseph’s School Fair.

Windmill Motel and Event Centre in Mackay is active in sponsoring sporting groups, including the Queensland Mountain Bike Championships and the Pioneer Swimming Carnival.

It’s our way of supporting the locals and giving back whenever we can.

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.

And the Awards Just Keep Coming…

And the Awards Just Keep Coming…

We continue to be proud of our product, our service and our people, but it’s great to know that there is plenty of public and industry recognition for Southern Cross Motel Group properties.

James, Rachel and the team at Windmill Hotel and Event Centre is proud as punch to be awarded the Mackay Region Tourism Awards 2017 Best Business Event Venue.

Well-positioned on the banks of the Gooseponds, the Windmill Motel and Events Centre is a short drive to the CBD. If you’re looking for somewhere to hold an event – corporate or social- the landscaped gardens and large entertainment area are the perfect place to gather, entertain and celebrate.

And further south, Station Motel Parkes is a finalist in the Sir Henry’s Business Excellence Awards which promote commercial and economic development in the region. A great example of our Managers’ work to connect with their local community and the economic development of Parkes.

Lazy Sundays on the Lake Deck

Lazy Sundays on the Lake Deck

Every Sunday in November from 12pm-4pm, the Lake Deck at Windmill Motel and Event Centre is opening for locals and guests.

Our new Chef Jayson has designed a fresh Summer Lake Deck menu especially for this.

Each week will showcase a different local musician playing live laidback acoustic music while you grab a cool drink, tasty snack or early dinner.  A great way to finish off a Summer weekend.

5th November – Julius Dator

12th November – Nathan Kennedy

19th November – Karrie Hayward

26th November – Julius Dator