Many years ago, we discovered this small motel in the quaint Ned Kelly Town. The motel is pretty basic but less than $100 for a family of 3, that is all we need for an overnight stay. The town is just 1km off the freeway so no getting to and from a town (like Benalla, some 6km from the freeway exit).
They have smallish rooms with a double and a single bed or a double and bunk beds (kids absolutely love bunk beds, as does mum when she does not have to make it)! We also had a small family room one time.
Glenrowan gets cold in winter and the rooms have a simple wall mounted fan heater which is more than adequate. The family room had an extra portable oil heater which was needed for the larger room. The bathrooms were cold but OK even if they are on the smallish side. Some cars can park under an awning, keeping frost off the car. We did experience an incredibly heavy fog on the Hume freeway one evening so take it easy if driving in these conditions. Even the locals were talking about the fog the next morning!
I do not recall any cooling (a/c) in the room and suspect things could be quite hot in the middle of a warm summer night.
There is a small bistro in the hotel next door that serves huge country meals but watch out for early closing times. Also, we discovered one time it was not open on a Monday night leaving us no option but to make the 15 min trip to Benalla to get a meal as Glenrowan is dead at night! No trucks thundering past here!
In summary, if you don't want to pay for fancy facilities when you just need a place to sleep, this is a good place to stay for a night or two while exploring the many attractions in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glenrowan Kelly Country Motel is comfortable and moderately priced motel accommodation in rural Glenrowan, overlooking the site of the Siege of 1880 where Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang made their Last Stand. A convenient and pleasant place to stay in the beautiful North East of Victoria, we are in the town's main street and centrally located for walking to the Glenrowan Siege Precict, Glenrowan Hotel and bistro, museums, the animated theatre, the town's cafes, or driving to visit local wineries and attractions. A convenient place to stay en route to or returning home from the Alpine ski region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glenrowan Kelly Country Motel Victoria