Located in the Wimmera region of Victoria (and the largest town close to the Grampians) is the town of Stawell. It was named in honour of Sir William Foster Stawell, who was the Chief Justice of the state at the time.
Many tourists are drawn to motel accommodation in Stawell, as it provides the perfect base for exploring the natural attractions of the region. Families, groups and couples alike flock to the town at all times of year for a getaway.
The biggest attraction in the area is probably the Grampians National Park, which is popular amongst nature-lovers. Explore the various walking tracks and lookouts, savour the wildlife and breathtaking landscape, discover a crystal clear waterfall, or partake in the many outdoor activities on offer (including rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing and four-wheeling).
The town also experienced a gold mining boom during the Victorian Gold Rush, so there is a rich cultural history just waiting to be discovered. Those staying at budget motels in Stawell often choose to visit the Pioneer’s Memorial at Big Hill or the Gun San Chinese Heritage Centre in nearby Ararat to learn more about the gold rush and what it meant for the area.
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Many tourists choose hotels in Stawell because it puts them in a central location to explore all that the region has to offer. Major attractions, shopping precincts and restaurants are all within a short drive, so it forms the perfect base.
We can help you choose cheap accommodation in Stawell that you don’t have to sacrifice on quality or comfort for. Whether you are only passing through or plan to spend a few days in the area, we are sure to have what you’re looking for.
ARRA Hotels provides a hotel in Stawell to suit every type of traveler, whether you’re a young family with rambunctious children, a group of friends wanting a bit of an adventure or a couple looking for a relaxing weekend getaway.
The main way in and out of the town is via car – Stawell is about 2 and a half hours drive from Melbourne and a little over 5 hours drive from Adelaide. The Grampians are only a 20 minute drive and many of the surrounding towns (such as Ararat and Horsham) are within a similar distance.
It is possible to get public transport to your motel accommodation in Stawell – V/Line trains operate between Melbourne and Ballarat, whilst The Overland passes through Ararat. Coach connections will take you the rest of the way.
There are also a number of bus routes operating in and around the area, allowing you to leave your car at your hotel in Stawell if you wish. There are 3 services operating around the town and 9 services operating further afield.
There are plenty of attractions surrounding budget motels in Stawell, which we are sure will keep you entertained for the duration of your stay. There is also plenty to do in the nearby towns if you choose to stay a little longer.
There are actually a number of events held in the area each year, so be sure to book cheap accommodation in Stawell early to avoid missing out. The Stawell Gift (a 120 yard race) is held each Easter, the Grampians Model Train Exhibition occurs in July, and the local show is held each October.
If you are interested in the Aboriginal history and culture of the area, take a drive to Brambuk, located in nearby Halls Gap. Activities at the centre include the Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre, bushfood tasting and boomerang throwing.
Some of the family-friendly attractions in the area include the Halls Gap Zoo (which cares for a range of native and exotic animals), Grampians Adventure Golf (home to Australia’s first jackpot hole) and Aradale Ghost Tours (which take you through the Ararat Lunatic Asylum – big kids only for this one!).
Take a short drive to Dadswells Bridge, a small community on the northern tip of the Grampians, to have your photograph taken with the Giant Koala. This 14 metre high fiberglass and bronze structure was built in 1988.
Whilst most hotels in Stawell will provide basic cooking facilities, there is also a handful of restaurants and pubs in the area serving delicious local cuisine. You might also like to take the opportunity to have a picnic or BBQ.