Winton has the reputation of being “Queensland’s friendliest town” (2009) and I daresay it is well-deserved. Almost everyone we met in town smiled at us, even though we were passing through and staying one night.
The friendly service continued at the Outback Motel, with the owner persuading me to check out one of his 6 newly-built rooms; each with ensuite bathroom and carport. These rooms looked bright and welcoming compared to the older rooms which were available for around $100. $120 later and we were using Room 16's tea-and-coffee-making facilities, munching our complimentary Arnotts.
The motel provides free wi-fi internet, although the only drawback of the newer rooms is that they are not situated near the access spot (Reception). The bed was clean and comfortable, the large screen TV had Austar, the bathroom was spotless and had a remarkably large shower – unlike what you normally find in motels.
The Outback Motel was also a short walk to what looked like the only place to order a cooked meal on a weeknight – the Tattersalls Hotel. Friendly bar staff, relatively quick service (for a country town!) and a pub manager with a penchant for frog-spotting; all made for a good night out.
I would definitely recommend the Outback Motel as a comfortable and convenient place to stay, and Winton a worthwhile town in which to stop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Winton Outback Motel is centrally located in the heart of historic Winton. Home to the wonderful Age of Dinosaurs Museum and stopping off point for the Dinosaur stampede Winton is a must see. The Quantilda Museum part of the Waltzing Matilda Centre is still operating and construction of the new centre is not far away. The motel is close to excellent dining and outback pub experiences. The property offers 20 new and newly refurbished rooms including three upstairs family units. All rooms have private bathroom and tea/coffee making facilities. Free parking onsite and off-road. Come along and meet your friendly hosts Ray and Jan who love to show you around their home town. ... more less
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