Moving to Australia was a big change for us, and one that did not come cheap too. Apart from the clear blue skies, we have to, unfortunately, live with the high cost of living here. Food costs 2 to 3 times more than back home, even before conversion. And for us new starters, we have to be even more prudent with our spending, at least for now. Therefore, traveling overseas is a luxury that we have to postpone, and cheap holidays are be our alternative. Thankfully, within New South Wales alone, there are tonnes of interesting places to visit. Aside from the many beaches within 30 minutes from the city, there are also plenty of farms, lakes and wineries within hours from the city.
Hunter Valley wine region
After our brief stay at Lake Macquarie, we drove further up north towards the world reknowned Hunter Valley in search of good wines and gorgeous scenery. First things first though, since we were planning on drinking, we had to make sure we’d have a place to bunk overnight.
Queen Deluxe room
Finding a room in the middle of a long weekend is never an easy task, so I was pleasantly surprised when I managed to book a Deluxe Queen room at the 4-star rated Best Western Wine Country Motor Inn in Cessnock, just 10-15 minutes drive from the wineries.
Queen size bed
Dining table and LCD TV
The inn looked well-maintained and conveniently located, which was perfect for travellers. Woolworths and Coles supermarkets are literally steps away from the hotel, as well as some restaurants and fast food joints. We loved the idea of walking to Woolworths in the evening to get cheap and nice roast chicken for our dinner.
Towels and toiletries
Aside from the location of the hotel which we can’t stop raving about, it also had a big and comfortable queen size bed. There was a flat panel LCD TV in front, with a small dining table and chairs beside. The dining table proved to be extremely useful for our little meals during dinner and breakfast. There were also coffee/tea making facilities available next to the mini bar. Needless to say, that mini bar was filled with our bottles of wine by the end of the day!
Coffee/Tea-making facilities and mini bar
Looking from the entrance of the room
The toilet was spacious and clean with a decent shower stall. Toiletries were basic, which only included shower gel, shampoo, soap and shower cap without toothbrush or paste. Overall, we were pretty satisfied with our stay at Wine Country Motor Inn. For the price of $130, we had a clean and comfortable room with central location, not to mention during a long weekend. I’d say it’s a pretty good deal.
Best Western Wine Country Motor Inn, Cessnock Hunter Valley
Wine Country Motor Inn
5 Darwin Street
Cessnock NSW 2325 Australia
Tel No.: +61 (02) 4993 2999
Fax: +61 (02) 4993 2998