Ring in the New Year in Regional Australia

Ring in the New Year in Regional Australia

We all know that our major cities put on amazing fireworks shows for New Year’s Eve but did you know that many of our regional towns host quite a celebration as well? The celebrations are distinctly family affairs with fireworks plus a host of attractions for young and old.

Parkes Harness Racing Club invites everyone to join in the excitement at their annual New Year’s Cup at Parkes Showground. As well as racing and punting, there will be a free jumping castle and face painting, photo booth, along with bike and scooter giveaways throughout the night, making the day a perfect family outing. A free sweepstakes will be held on the night with prizes for everyone who draws a horse. And the night will finish with a firework display to ring in 2018. For further details, please contact the club on (02) 6862 5966 or by email secretary@parkesharnessracing.

If you’re in Narrabri, The Crossing Theatre invites locals and visitors to join them on the lawn for a free New Year’s Eve family fireworks event. Featuring live entertainment, jumping castles and food & bar facilities, this is an event for the whole family. Bring along your picnics, chairs & blankets and enjoy.
http://www.visitnarrabri.com.au/event/new-year-eve-family-fireworks-display/

Not to be outdone, Dubbo is laying claim to regional NSW’s best fireworks at Caltex Park. BYO rug or chairs and picnic. The party kicks off at 5pm with market stalls, lots of children’s activities and a mini carnival. Take part in all the entertainment for only a gold coin donation upon arrival in support of a local charity.
http://dubbo.com.au/events-calendar/dubbo-fireworks-nye-party

Win-Win for Youth Employment

Win-Win for Youth Employment

In Narrabri, like in many regional towns, jobs can be tricky to find, especially your first job. Which is why Nick and Sharon hired Alan, a young man big on enthusiasm but short on experience.  Alan came to them through the Youth Jobs PaTH scheme, a scheme run by the Australian government to help find those crucial first jobs at the start of a career.

Alan started at Adelong Motel in late July this year and has quickly grown in his roles as a cleaner, housekeeper and barista.  He has a great eye for detail which has helped him become a valued team member in a short time and his confidence has grown both as an employee and as a person.

Considering how successful Alan has been, Nick and Sharon would definitely look to hire more staff through this program when positions become available. They recommend other small-town businesses follow suit, advising “While you do need to invest time and support in the beginning, it is so worth it to see the difference it makes and to have engaged and well-trained staff, while also supporting the local community!”

 

Spring Things to Do – Polocrosse and Art at the Beach

Spring Things to Do – Polocrosse and Art at the Beach

The weather is starting to warm up and soon it will be time to pack away those winter woollies and embrace all the fabulous recreational opportunities in our regional centres. You might be surprised what is happening around the countryside.

sandcastles on a beachHow about a visit to Chinchilla, for the Queensland State Polocrosse Championships on 2 & 3 September? We have two quality accommodation options for your visit: The Chinchilla Palms Motor Inn or the Chinchilla Downtown Motor Inn. Phone us on 1300 979 746 and we can help make that booking for you.  http://polocrosse.com.au/

The Galloping Gully Polocrosse Carnival is held annually on the second week of August, just outside of Narrabri. The emphasis is on a fun weekend of sportsmanship, fun and catching up with friends. Nick and Sharon at the Adelong Motel Narrabri are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the region and we can help with that booking too.  http://www.nswpolocrosse.com.au/

The Moore Park Beach Art’s Festival features a seaside view of a relaxed pleasant country lifestyle and approximately 20 kilometres of beautiful golden beaches. Free entry is always a good start to a family friendly festival day – you set the pace on how much or little you do – above all enjoy the day. The festival is based in Moore Park Beach, a short drive from Bundaberg on 18-20 August and includes art exhibitions, entertainment, workshops and fun activities for young and old. This year’s festival takes on a new look with celebrations continuing into Saturday night with Phil Emmanuel performing and an amazing fireworks display to finish off the night.  Check out your quality Bundaberg accommodation options at Takalvan Motel or Sugar Country Motor Inn. Phone 1300 979 746 and we’ll get that sorted for you!  http://www.mooreparkbeach.org.au/attractions/festivals-and-special-events/moore-park-beach-festival

 

 

Fresh and fabulous country food

Fresh and fabulous country food

Our Southern Cross Motel Group property restaurants focus on sourcing menus from the local area wherever possible and are pleased to partner with local producers and suppliers to ensure that your in-house meals are the best and freshest around.

Over the past six months, we have done a lot of work enhancing the quality of our property restaurants and now ensure that we offer hearty and healthy dining options complimented by a range of quality beverages. Next time you stay, try the in-house dining option – a convenient choice at the end of a long day – we know you won’t be disappointed.

And the Award goes to… (drum roll please!)

And the Award goes to… (drum roll please!)

Not one, not two, but three of our properties achieved the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Awards recently – Station Motel, Parkes, Adelong Motel, Narrabri and Coffee House Apartment Motel, Rockhampton are all celebrating this acknowledgement of their outstanding hospitality and customer service.

The award is in recognition of the quality, quantity and consistency of reviews submitted by you, our guests, on TripAdvisor over the past 12 months.

All three properties maintained an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five.

So, thank you all for your fabulous reviews and for taking the time to share your experiences at Southern Cross Motel Group properties. We really appreciate your feedback and work hard to make sure you always leave wanting to come back!