Cyclone Debbie hits North Queensland, region responds

Cyclone Debbie hits North Queensland, region responds

On March 28 2017, the beaches and towns of beautiful North Queensland were briefly transformed into a swirling storm of water, wind and debris as Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall near Airlie Beach.

In short order, the region responded with a swift cleanup and repair and things quickly returned to business as usual.

Since April, tourists have been streaming back to experience views like this one of the nearby Whitehaven Beach, only a short trip north from our Windmill Motel and Events Centre in Mackay.

The Windmill Motel has been busy preparing for “Wedding Season”, with the gardens in picture-perfect condition and the 500 person function centre getting regular use.

If you’re thinking about putting on an event in Mackay, our dedicated on-site events co-ordinator Rachael Ellis can give you lots of creative ideas on how to make your event leave everyone smiling. You can contact Rachael on 07 4944 3344 or by emailing

Bundaberg prepares for annual Winterfeast food festival

Bundaberg prepares for annual Winterfeast food festival

From Friday July 7 to Sunday July 16, the annual Winterfeast food festival will transform the Bundaberg region into a foodie’s paradise.

The 10 day festival of events is set to attract farmers from all over the North Burnett, including citrus growers, honey farmers and meat producers.

And not just a haven for the always popular farmer’s markets on Saturday July 8, there’s a host of events (including a long lunch and a range of drink tasting events for the dults) planned throughout the whole period so you can make the most of what’s on offer.

If you’re looking to escape winter for a balmy weekend in the heart of one of our great food bowls, consider coming and staying with us at either of our properties: the Sugar Country Motor Inn and Takalvan Motel (formerly Alexandras on Takalvan).

Motels get a makeover, grow in number

Motels get a makeover, grow in number

When we formed the Southern Cross Motel Group, we formed it to manage a collection of properties that we own and manage on behalf of a group of Australian investors.

These properties have enabled us to build a network of 4 star motels with a consistently reliable experience from North Queensland into country New South Wales.

By late 2016, we had formed our group with 7 motels into our Group – 1 in Mackay, 2 in Bundaberg, and 1 in Rockhampton, Chinchilla, Narrabri and Parkes.

By January this year we formally launched Southern Cross Motel Group.

In March, we welcomed the Junee Motor Inn to the group.

In the time since, we’ve been taking the properties from individual entities to motels that fit into the Southern Cross Motel Group family. The service, quality and standard you get should be the same if you are in Parkes or Mackay.

When you drive down the road you can now identify right away that a property is part of the Southern Cross Motel Group.

That’s why we’ve invested in a rolling series of renovations across the properties. Some of the changes are noticeable, like new signage and updated bedrooms and bathrooms. Others are a little less visible but equally important.

We’ve set up a centralised bookings team in Brisbane to allow our property managers – the people you talk with when you stay in our motels – to be attentive to your needs on the ground.

We’ve also started contacting previous guests to ask how their last stay was. Hopefully it’s not too intrusive, but for us it’s a really important way to gauge how we’re doing and what we need to work on. Thank you to everyone who has given us their honest views so far.

So what’s next?

We’ll be promoting specials deals far more across the properties, and highlighting what’s going on across regional Australia wherever we have our properties. We’ll also let you know when a new property joins the Group. On that note, we look forward to welcoming you to Dubbo in July 2017

We can’t wait to see you in more of our motels over the coming months – call 1300  979 746 for assistance.

Special Offer – Parkes Picnic Races Package – Station Motel

parkes picnic races accommodation packageBreak away from the pack!

Do something different this June long weekend and experience real Australian bush hospitality at the famous Parkes Picnic Races.

Spend the weekend in 4 star luxury with a package that includes your own picnic hamper and fully licensed private race marquee, as well as transport to and from the track on race day.

And as you’d expect, you’ll receive a complimentary continental breakfast complete with fresh locally grown fruits each morning you’re with us.

So, if dressing up and and spending the day socialising in the fresh country air sounds good to you, why not get out of town and stay with us?

This is a limited time offer – rooms will fill quickly so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.

Book Now or call the Station Motel on 02 6862 0444 for more information.
Price: $490 for 2 nights twin share
Date: Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June
Package includes: 2 Nights Accommodation in an Executive King or Twin Room, daily continental breakfast for 2, gourmet picnic lunch hamper on Saturday, transport from the motel to and from the track, entry to the track and into our private licensed marquee