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North Gregory Hotel/Motel: And the band played...
We were delighted to stay here on our second trip to Winton as we discovered the owners grandfather had spent time in Buderim and was actually someone David knew very well and was in fact David's mentor.
We loved this big brick hotel and even though it was rebuilt a number of times after being destoyed by fire it retained the ' gloomy feel' of a previous era. Well in Australia a long way back in time is only baby stuff to Europe but nevertheless....
We were given a large double room with a view to the street. Unlike Mirjam (see her review) "the lights stayed on as the band played on".
Unique Quality: "The Australian national song, Waltzing Matilda, was first performed publicly in the North Gregory Hotel in 1895. As country pubs are known to do, the hotel has burned down a few times since then. Owners David and Prue Strang are locals, so they’re walking encyclopaedias when it comes to local knowledge. Accommodation includes ensuite hotel and motel rooms, and there are also large family rooms. The Strangs offer discounts for motorcyle groups and lock-up parking for two- and three-wheel vehicles. This is very much a family-oriented pub"
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North Gregory Hotel: Am I meeting a ghost?
As in Longreach, the same problem arised when I wanted to book accomodation in Winton: No hostels around!
Therefore, I booked a room in the North Gregory Hotel. I had a budget room without ensuite and without meals, so the price was ok.
The room was not big, but ok for me, and there was a wash basin within the room.
The hotel is located very central in Elderslie Street, so all the attractions are within easy walking distance. From the large window, I had a great view in both directions of the street, as you can see on picture three and the main picture of this Winton page.
This was also the hotel where the first performance of Waltzing Matilda took place in 1895. Well, the hotel has burnt down several times since then, so of course it is not the same building anymore.
What I did not like was that in general, the hotel was a bit run down, some spots were not so clean and the lamps were not very bright.
It was also a very large and dark building, and I was the only person who stayed there, so I did not feel too comfortable. It was a bit eerie in the evening... It got more eerie when power broke down at about 10.00pm and it was pitch black from one second to the other! Can you imagine a town in the middle of the outback, suddenly with NO light at all? And me staying all on my own in an old, large, empty hotel?
And then it became even more eerie when I suddenly heard steps and a knock on my door!
But it was only the hotel manager who brought me a torch because she did not know if I had one. That was really very kind of her.
Seriously, before she knocked I had just thought about the fact that the hotel had burnt down several times and that there might be ghosts haunting the site.
I usually am not superstitious, but in such situations, the craziest thoughts can come to your mind ;-)
All in all, for a couple of nights this hotel really is ok, and the people working there are very nice.
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