BEST WESTERN Macquarie Barracks
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5 - 6 hour drive from the Gold Coast to Port Macquarie? Yeah right ....
Up and about around 8am, showered and dressed and then final preparations and loading up the car. We left Elanora around 9.25am and headed down the Motorway towards our pit stop for the night - Port Macquarie which is around 5 ½- 6 hours drive.
... they have some that are victims of road accidents, bush fire burns, dog attacks, they do a wonderful job but have no government funding, so rely on donations from the public, they don't charge an entry fee but have donation boxes around the enclosures. From here we went to Sea Acres rainforest, what an amazing thing so close to the beach, a serene 1.3km walk on a raised walkway through this magnificent ...
... on what she was saying. After a quick swim in the pool we insisted we begin with some work. Chris got started on mowing the garden whilst I was tasked to begin painting her sons room. I’d never used a paint roller before that day and would it be immature of me to say I enjoyed myself quite a bit? After a huge dinner of bangers and mash we walked her dog with her – a little puppy called Summer and one of the most excitable dogs I have ever encountered, I mean this ...
... night we cooked dinner; pasta again the order of the day with a simple tomato and basil sauce. I decided to garnish it with a leafy salad to mix it up a bit though. Where we'd parked was pretty isolated. Once it got dark Dan happened to stumble across the westest radio station when fiddling with the frequency. This host was talking some bizarre stuff and when coupled with the fact we were pretty much in the middle of the nowhere, it began to feel like we were star roles in a horror ...
... publicised damage it can do to car duco. So we threw all our towels and rags on the Motorhome and Suzi, to prevent a major bat **** meltdown. As it turned out, this wasn't going to be our last encounter of a winged nature in a Wingam. At 2 am the next morning we were woken by a rogue rooster which we discovered in the morning, lived in the scrub directly behind camp. It also woke us at 3, 4, 5, and 6 and would definitely given ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN Macquarie Barracks Port Macquarie
Although the hotel was easy to find when coming from the Pacific Highway, it is not close to shops or restaurants so the hotel has a built in customer base for its restaurant.
I have no idea if the dining experience is 4 stars but the prices on the menu are $$$. Eg, Atlantic Salmon was $27, Eye Fillet Steak was $28. The cheapest main meals were $19 for schnitzel and $9 for dessert.
Breakfast - $20 for Eggs Benedict compared to a continental breakfast from $12.50 - coffee (latte etc) was $4 - they called it "Barista coffee".
The room was nice, very clean and the beds comfortable. There was a bar fridge stacked with a mini bar and not a lot of room to put meds. No microwave but a toaster and kettle as well as limited crockery - eg cups and mugs and a couple of side plates. Cutlery was limited to a knife and teaspoon each possibly because in their general information folder, "cooking and food preparation is forbidden" ... all aimed to get you into their restaurant I suppose. So if you do venture out and buy take away, make sure you get cutlery.
However, my biggest concern was the WiFi. My laptop worked perfectly well during the night when I updated a Word document. However the next morning when I tried to connect to the WiFi for the first time, my Malware program found a malicious threat which made my laptop inoperable - frozen.
Upon check out I mentioned this to the front desk who immediately said I must have had a virus in the computer before I connected to the laptop ... no I did not. I wanted them to check into their system to prevent this from happening to others - I did not expect or ask for any compensation. I felt that their response showed a distinct lack of customer care and no responsibility at all and for that reason, I would not go back to this hotel.
When I returned home, I turned on my laptop and it works perfectly - no problem, no virus - the malicious threat happened at that motel ... co-incidentally, the ONLY place world wide where this has happened to me and this laptop.
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