I had booked from home weeks before I travelled, and was given a discount for a longish stay (10 days). Taxi from the airport cost $22 (about 15 minutes).
Motel is a long way from the centre of town if you don't have your own transport, and the bus service in Townsville is pretty awful on Sundays although adequate during the week. However, I'd picked it for its particular location at the junction of the roads leading to the two grounds being used for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, as well as the price, and I wasn't disappointed. As others have noted, there's a Coles supemarket, small shopping centre and pub over the road. There is also a superb pizzeria (dine-in or takeaway) on the other side of the traffic lights at the start of Bowen Road.
The bed was extremely comfortable, and I was able to make my own breakfast each day thanks to Barry providing me with a toaster, crockery and cutlery. He also gave me an electrical extension cord as there are no power points beside the bed. There were plenty of hangars in the wardrobe. Wi-fi is free, with a very good signal. Washing machine costs $2 (uses two $1 coins), and the dryer is $1 for 10 minutes - sounds expensive, but they are heavy-duty industrial models and my washing was all dry in 20 minutes. Iron and ironing board in each unit.
My only gripe was the noise when people were sitting at the tables outside their rooms in the evening. It made it quite difficult to work, but in fairness I don't think most of them realised just how much their voices carried. It wasn't too bad, except for one night when the two guys next door were yakking away until 11 pm.
Overall I had a great time, and have no hesitation in recommending this as a terrific place to stay.
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