If you vacation in one of these three Australian locales, you'll find themed motels that put you in the mood to explore the area. It's all part of the fun!
Manly Beach, New South Wales
Manly Beach, New South Wales, is all about the waves, the sand and all those beautiful people enjoying the outdoors. Motels in Manly Beach have embraced this lifestyle, some offering balconies with dynamic ocean views, airy rooms decorated with bold colours and handy kitchenettes. A few motels also include one and two bedroom apartments in their inventory, great for long term stays and/or sharing with family and friends. The common motel theme is the focus on the beach and the ocean, whether it's carefully chosen artwork, an enviable view or an on-site café that offers a special welcome to the surfer crowd. Manly Beach is reachable by ferry from Sydney Harbour, or by driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Winton, Western Queensland
Dinosaurs put Winton, Western Queensland, on the map. Motels in the area embraced these toothy residents from the past. You'll find dinosaurs on motel signs, in motel lobbies and even in the guest rooms. One motel has a bronze T-rex-like dinosaur welcoming guests to the front entryway. While the dinosaurs do take centre stage, most motels also let you know that this is the area where the song "Waltzing Matilda" was written. This smallish town is 164 kilometres away from its closest neighbour, Kynuna, and 600 kilometres from Townsville, the largest major city. No matter whether you drive or fly, once you're greeted by a sign featuring a toothy grinned dinosaur, you'll know you're in the right place.
Coober Pedy, South Australia
Coober Pedy, South Australia, wins the prize for having the most unique themed motels. This is a mining town, famed for its opals. Like the mines bearing these precious gems, the motels are also underground. Most of the town lives a subterranean lifestyle because of the intense heat, which can be more than 40 degrees C during the summer. Even the churches, the mall and most businesses are beneath the surface.
The motel lobby entries are on ground level, but as you move farther inside you'll find underground lounges, restaurants and the rooms. Enter an underground room, complete with bed, sitting area and bathroom and you forget you are in a cave. Yes, you are missing a window and the walls are definitely stone with hints of opal flashing in the light, but other than that, it's your typical, comfortable, motel room. Only one motel in town has a pool but there's little deck space to lie out. It's just too hot. Coober Pedy is 484 kilometres from Port Augusta and may be reached by road, train or small plane.
Contact motels like Welcome Inn 277 in the area you are travelling to find out more about their amenities before booking.