We drove into the centre of town and chose the Pelican at the Tourist Office (they are excellent but it did amaze us how many of the volunteers in these offices didn’t know what was a couple of hundred miles up the road and had never been, although they may have visited Europe) because of it’s excellent central location. Run by a lovely, helpful MacDonald family, they told us where to view Kangaroos but after one leaping out on us early in the trip and wrecking the car, we’ve gone off the big rats, was this a MacDonald’s revenge for the Battle of the Shirts? It’s a typical style good value motel, which is great for touring and we had the option to park at the door, great for humping suitcases. We didn’t have time for the pool but it looked spotless, free WiFi and good clean, comfortable rooms, with Merimbula a couple of minutes stroll away, which is like many of the no horse towns round that coast and we must admit we got to like them, quiet but very pleasant.
One thing about Australia that surprised us was the amount of Fish & Chips on sale, far superior to anything you’d get in England, Scotland’s another matter, good value in ever so expensive Australia and they seem to use a Tempura type batter, making them light, with fish caught that day and they can make chips too, delicious. We had them three times on our tour, a different fish each time, as well, we just got a take away and were in heaven. The ubiquitous well priced, gambling subsidised, Bowling club, with good food and facilities, was a couple of minutes away, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Merimbula, the Pelican Motor Inn is the closest AAA rated 3.5 Star property to the heart of town and offers all the comforts and conveniences for a memorable Merimbula holiday. The Pelican Motor Inn is in a central Merimbula location within 80 metres of the Post Office and an easy stroll to Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club, RSL, shops, Restaurants, Pictures, beaches and the beautiful Lake Merimbula. Merimbula/Pambula and Tura Beach Golf Clubs are only a nine iron away. All 25 of our Merimbula motel units have newly renovated bathrooms, new split system air-conditioners / heating, queen size beds and ground level access, many have scenic views over the township and Merimbula Lake. Family rooms have cooking facilities. All rooms now have HD Televisions and microwaves. Enjoy a BBQ at our great BBQ area, take a dip in the solar heated saltwater pool or just sit and relax in the garden area. For large group bookings enjoy dinner or drinks in the 80 seater marquee. ... more less
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