Located just one kilometre from the town centre, this motel offers visitors 3 ½ star accommodation. St Arnaud is a former gold mining town situated on the main route between Melbourne and Mildura; it’s a popular stopover for tourists travelling between the two destinations.
There are 14 spacious colonial style units available, including: queen rooms (sleeping 2 people), twin rooms (sleeping 3 people), triple rooms (sleeping 4 people) and family rooms (sleeping 4 people). We also have adjoining rooms available (sleeping 7 people) for larger groups.
All rooms at the Country Road Motel offer direct dial telephones, tea and coffee making facilities, CD and DVD hire, electric blankets and air conditioning. We take pride in ensuring that our guests are comfortable during their stay.
Delicious breakfasts and evening meals are also available, and can be served direct to your room. All evening meals are prepared in the nearby Junction Roadhouse before being delivered to the motel.
When staying at this motel, take the time to explore some of the other towns in the surrounding area, including: Charlton, Logan, Donald, Marnoo, Beazleys Bridge, Carapooee, Yeungroon and Swanwater.
Whether you’re just passing through or spending a few days, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of things to see and do in St Arnaud. The Country Road Motel is the perfect base for exploring all the region has to offer!
If you want to learn more about the history of St Arnaud, you might be interested to know that the town centre is home to many well-preserved historic buildings. These include the old post office, courthouse and Victoria’s oldest fire station (which now serves as a fire brigade museum). Those interested in theology will be interested in paying a visit to the Bible Museum, which is home to a collection of more than 1500 bibles, scrolls, musical instruments and related artefacts.
Did you know that St Arnaud has quite the reputation for producing fine wines? If you don’t mind a drop or two every now and then, we definitely recommend visiting one of the local cellar doors. In particular, we recommend Kara Kara Vineyards and Berrys Bridge Winery. Many of the local restaurants and pubs will serve wines from these vineyards. If wine isn’t your thing, a visit to the Tamarama Distillery in nearby Stuart Mill could be in order.
You’ll actually find a number of attractive gardens in the St Arnaud town centre, most notably the Queen Mary Gardens, the Market Square Gardens (adjacent to the council offices), Pioneer Park and Lord Nelson Park. The latter two offer a number of sporting and recreational facilities, as well as being home to the town’s last mine (the Lord Nelson). There is also a lookout on top of Wilsons Hill, which is also honeycombed with mine shafts.
The town’s two main events are the St Arnaud Festival (held each November) and the St Arnaud Show (held each year in September or October). The Festival celebrates the heritage of the area with live music, exhibitions and a market. Visitors can also enjoy concerts each night of the festival. The Show is a 2 day agricultural spectacular filled with horse events, shearing demonstrations, a mobile zoo, children’s rides and more family entertainment.
In the surrounding area…
If you’re up for a day trip but don’t want to head too far, we definitely recommend the nearby township of Donald. At only half an hour’s drive, this is the perfect location to spend an afternoon. Some of the local attractions include: the many historical buildings (such as the police station and old camp cells), murals painted by local and national artists, the Richardson River and Scilleys Island, and an agricultural museum to name a few.
Another day trip that is definitely worth the short drive is nearby Wedderburn. At only half an hour’s drive, visitors to the area can enjoy a number of tourist attractions, including: the Old Eucalyptus Still, Mt Korong, Kooyoora State Park, Nancy Stokes Cottage, Wedderburn Gold Battery, Coach House Gallery and Museum, Wychitella Flora and Fauna Reserve, Kangaroo Chair, the Lonely Grave, Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, and Jacka Park to name a few.