Jonathon, Raquel and little Raine Tamayo were the lucky winners of the Weekend in Coonamble Competition.
This hotly contested competition was a feature of the RDA Orana stand at the recent Regional Living Expo in Homebush.
The prize included return flights from Sydney to Dubbo, a hire car, and accommodation for two nights at the Coonamble Motel. There were added bonuses including a joy flight over the Coonamble district with Achieve Aviation, a Nakadoo experience with animals and shed tour, and entry to the Gold Cup Races.
The Tamayos said they had never heard of Coonamble until they attended the Expo in August. “We’ve learned a lot on this trip and had a lovely experience,” said Jonathon. “Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. We plan to come back and have another look around. Raquel will also put photos and comments on Instagram, as she has about 5000 followers.” You should be able to find the Tamayo’s review using #explorensw.
The trip was hosted by Regional Development Orana with help from Council’s Economic Development Office and local organisations Coonamble Aero Club, Coonamble Jockey Club and Nakadoo.
Spotlight on Coonamble
If you venture out Coonamble way, a visit to Nakadoo is an absolute must. A unique, family-run destination, Nakadoo is a private farm that also functions as an RV-friendly campsite, museum, animal park and rodeo HQ.
In the centre of the grounds ‘The Shed’ houses a unique range of bush memorabilia that documents the real Aussie bush life of the past. The kids will love getting to know the farm animals on site, and horse-and-cart rides are also on offer.
Even if you’re just passing through, owners Peter and Karen Kennedy invite you to stop for a yarn and a cup of billy tea around the communal fire pit. And with FREE camping sites available, you’ll probably end up extending your stay.
The Coonamble Motel:
Since Coonamble’s oldest motel was taken over by dedicated husband-and-wife team Peter and Kylie, visitors can’t stop raving about the friendly service, top-notch meals and clean and comfortable accommodation. The service is so good that the Chef will even make you a pizza to order and deliver it fresh and hot to your room.
Coonamble Motel has 20 rooms available in a range of configurations. All rooms have their own en-suites, complimentary tea and coffee facilities, brand new large TVs, microwaves, bar fridges, R/C air con, phones, electric blankets and iPod dock alarm clocks.
There is a swimming pool and play area to entertain the kids – and best of all, the Coonamble Motel is pet-friendly so you can bring the four-legged family members along!