Ten of the Best Australian Motels
Before diving into the top 10 motels in Australia let’s see what the difference between a motel vs hotel is. Whereas a hotel caters more for business people and exclusive holidaymakers, a motel is classified more of a family establishment. A motel is usually a no-frills accommodation.
A market research report shown that the motel industry in Australia shows little growth with the immense competition in accommodation from Airbnb’s, serviced apartments and hotels. The upside is that domestic and inbound tourism show that the Aussie travelling in their own country still prefers their motel stay.
The annual growth is still low at 2.75 from 2014 to 2019, but when you are looking for affordable accommodation when on a road trip be sure to check out our listed motels.
Areas Where Motels Stand Out
You will find that a motel is usually situated around a parking lot with the doors facing the parking areas. It is a place of convenience and generally does not offer the frills and features of hotels while the rates are excellent as well. Generally, a motel will be a single and at most a two-level building. Motel locations also differ from a hotel as you will find a motel along popular tourist routes and close to highways and roads.
Motels to Check out in 2020
1. Australia Park Motel – Albury
In Albury is the family-owned Australia Park Motel across the parklands of Murray River. The motel offers standard double, family rooms, spa rooms and executive double rooms. It is a lovely two-storey building with ample parking space, saltwater pool, large conference room, free Wi-Fi and complimentary continental breakfast. It is within walking distance to Gateway Island, Botanic Gardens and Murray River. You are within a ½-hour drive from Wonga Wetlands and Hume Weir.
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2. Gundagai Motel
If you are in New South Wales take the drive to Gundagai Motel in Gundagai which is an affordable family-friendly motel with large comfortable guest rooms. Free Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, air conditioning and flat screen TVs are in all the rooms. The three-star motel also has its own golf course and BBQ facilities.
3. Stagecoach Inn Motel – Tamworth
In Tamworth, NSW is the Stagecoach Inn Motel with family-friendly amenities including air conditioning, microwave, desk, iron, seating area and a desk. You will also enjoy free Wi-Fi in this motel that is a home away from home with various room sizes and comfortable beds.
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4. Crescent Motel – Taree
Still in New South Wales, you have the Crescent Motel in Taree which is 19 kilometres from Taree Airport and 64 kilometres from Port Macquarie Airport. The Crescent is where modern comfort and warm country hospitality intertwine. It is an old-style motel with the majority of the rooms offering garden patios and an espresso coffee machine. The exterior offer free parking, breakfast bar, BBQ area and beautiful pool with magnificently landscaped gardens.
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5. City Square Motel – Melbourne
In 67 Swanston Street, Melbourne is the comfortable City Square Motel. Here you are surrounded by department stores, restaurants, cafes and theatres while you pay very affordable rates. You will enjoy free Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, flat screen TV, refrigerator and microwaves in the rooms.
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6. Aspect Central Motel – Cairns
When you are in the Cairns area and looking for affordable and comfortable accommodation, check out the Aspect Central Motel. It is budget-friendly with large rooms with a refrigerator, microwave, kitchenette and flat screen TV. It also has free parking, an onsite restaurant and a pool for its guests.
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7. Adelaide City Park Motel – Adelaide
In Adelaide, the boutique-style City Park Motel is in the heart of Adelaide but with a tranquillity that you would expect from a quiet countryside motel. You are close to all the major venues, business district, cafes, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and attractions while staying in budget-friendly comfort. Each room has a balcony that overlooks serene landscapes with the rooms consisting of large comfortable beds, coffee/tea makers, DVD players and air conditioning.
8. Baileys Motel – Perth
The Baileys Motel in Perth is walking distance from the CBD while offering a budget-friendly stay. Accommodation ranges from double and triple sharing rooms with refrigerators, flat screen TV, microwave oven and air conditioning. What is more, is the excellent on-site restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine as well as a licensed pub and you can cool down in the lovely pool too.
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9. Kingsford Smith Motel – Brisbane
The Kingsford Smith Motel in Brisbane has 24-hour check-in and a free airport and port shuttle service. It is affordable with high-quality comfy rooms with flat screen TV, minibar, seating areas in the rooms, a desk, as well as air conditioning. If you travel by car, parking is free and you can also enjoy free Wi-Fi and dip in the motel pool.
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10. Tallow Beach Motel
You can enjoy a glorious holiday at the magnificent Tallow Beach while staying across from the beach at the Tallow Beach Motel. You are within walking distance to restaurants, bakery, post office, chemist, shops and taverns. The motel is set in a lovely garden with tropical style rooms featuring flat screen TVs, refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, air conditioning and wake-up service. While you are right across the beach you can still take a dip in the gorgeous pool and enjoy free parking too.
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While we tried to list Motels across Australia in various parts of our gorgeous country, take note that there are hundreds more. Next time when you want to travel around Australia and looking for an affordable, comfortable stay, why not check out one of these Motels.