Located on the Richardson River, this budget motel in Donald is the perfect spot for a holiday or as stopover for those travelling through rural Victoria. With peaceful surrounds and amazing views, you’ll be well and truly relaxed!
There are 7 comfortable, non-smoking units available, including: triple rooms (sleeping 3 people in a queen bed and a single) and family rooms (sleeping 4 people in a queen bed and 2 singles). All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, a mini bar, central heating and cooling, an iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, a television and a telephone.
To make your stay at the Donald Riverside Motel even more enjoyable, continental breakfasts can be served to your room each morning. This is the perfect way to fuel up before a busy day of sightseeing.
When staying at this accommodation in Donald, we hope that you’ll also take the time to explore the surrounding area: Warracknabeal, St Arnaud, Marnoo, Morton Plains, Minyip, Corack and Wooroonook.
If you’re staying at the Donald Riverside Motel sometime in the near future, we’re sure that you’ll be interested in the local attractions. No matter where you’re interests lie, there are plenty of things to see and do.
If you’re a nature lover, Donald is the perfect destination for a long weekend away. Check out Lake Gil Gil, the Mt Jeffcott Reserve (home to plenty of native fauna), Granite Rocks (located at the tail end of the Mt Jeffcott range), Bullock’s Head (probably the town’s most famous attraction, it’s an old gum tree shaped like a bullock’s head!), Apex Park, Scilley’s Island, Lake Buloke and the various walking tracks that follow the path of the river.
Those who would prefer to immerse themselves in the history of the region won’t be disappointed with the wealth of heritage attractions. Pay a visit to the Historic Police Camp (built in 1869), the Lions Club Train Park & Railway Museum, the Court House Museum, the Donald Archives (one of the best collections in the state) and the Agricultural Museum. The town is also home to some stunning architecture, so be sure to take it in!
Let’s face it – one of the best ways to tire the kids out is by letting them run around the park for a few hours. The good news is that Donald has a number of parks and playgrounds on offer, including: the Lions Train Park (with barbeques and a fenced playground area), Apex Park (set on the river with barbeques and an enclosed playground) and Memorial Park (the town’s first park, it offers excellent barbeque and playground facilities).
A number of events are held throughout the region each year; if you happen to be in town whilst one of them is on, we definitely recommend checking it out for yourself! The Field & Game Poacher’s Weekend is held each March, the Donald Annual Show is held each October, whilst the Annual Family Guy Fawkes Night, Strawberry Fete and the local races (including the Donald Cup) are held each November. Markets are also a regular occurrence.
If you don’t mind dropping a line or two in, you might want to bring your fishing gear along. Redfin and trout are fairly common in the waterways close to town, with popular fishing spots found at Lake Cope Cope (10km away), Lake Batyo Catyo (20km away), Richardson River Weir (20km away), Watchem Lake (35km away) and the Avoca River (43km away). There are plenty of other waterways in the area; the locals should be able to help you out with good spots!
Looking for a bit of a day trip? Need somewhere to stop on your way to or home from Donald? There are a number of wineries in the area that are definitely worth stretching the legs! Some of the more popular ones include Kara Kara Vineyards in St Arnaud, Berrys Bridge Winery in Carapooee, Dakara Wines in Wedderburn, Blanche Barkly Wines in Kingower and Water Wheel Vineyards in Bridgewater. Many of these wineries also have an onsite restaurant.