Dineon19 Taree RSL & Golf Club

Whilst road tripping recently, we stopped off for lunch at Dineon19 located in relaxing surroundings with vistas across the Taree Golf Course.   In this NSW town, the RSL & Golf Club are combined, which is quite simply, a good idea.

The wide verandah boasting inviting table settings, wraps around the outside of the bar and restaurant. A wonderful looking  place to relax as you enjoy the surrounding greenery, punctuated with the odd golf club onto a ball, or birds singing.  

The  procedure here to sign in as a visitor is quite sophisticated for this smaller town.  Your licence is scanned, which in turn prints out a day pass for you.  Having visited many clubs in other areas, this was the first time we had seen this system.  Quick, simple and effective.


Members prices and non-members prices are quite clearly listed in the large menu. After choosing your meal, head up to order and pay..   

We surprised how quickly the meals came out as the venue had a steady stream of patrons.  My choice today of the vegetable satay, not only looked appealing, it really was.

The vegetables were tasty, not overdone, nicely cooked.  Tender enough to eat, marrying beautifully with the creamy satay. 

Hubby today chose one of his signature choices, lambs fry & bacon.  Again the presentation of the dish was very appealing.  

I was impressed with the tea, for such a simple green tea, the presentation and thought into this wa appreciated.

No doubt the locals aware aware of what a treasure they have available in their area, however if you are visiting or passing through, take the time to stop and enjoy not only food and beverage on offer but also the wonderful relaxing atmosphere, coupled with friendly helpful staff.   We will certainly stop in the next time we head this way.   

Two Tails Wines Bed and Breakfast – Nana Glen NSW

Prior to the Easter break, we made the decision to stop midway on our return from Newcastle area to Brisbane.  Unfortunately when you travel at Easter prices tend to go through the roof.   The Ibsis Budget we stopped in for a brief break on the way down, was worth the small amount we had paid for the night, but not double the price expected for Easter Sunday.  Hello google, lets see what we can find.  

Presto, up came a B & B in the Coffs Harbour Hinterland.  Loved the look of the room with the chandelier and warm inviting feel.   We touched base and as the room was vacant on that night, so it was decided to give our first B & B experience a go as it all sounded so reasonable.

Arriving at the Winery late afternoon, just in time to catch a wine tasting, we immediately clicked with the owners Madonna & Barry, who were so genuine, inviting and welcoming.

Now keep in mind. Hubby had been a bit like, oh winery well what will I drink??   Not being a wine drinker, except the odd sweet wine, we had thought a trip to the pub might be necessary to satisfy his thirst.   Apparently not.   The selection here is fascinating.   Dry wines to sweet, including blueberry, raspberry and wonderful fortified wine called Lizards Blood.

By the end of the tasting, Hubbys seclection of choice was more than mine!  Oh well, looks like we will have to drop back down this way to keep the wine fridge topped up.   Best thing was, of the ones I tried, there were no bad choices.   

Have to mention the bubbles, wonderfully light small bubbles, very easy to drink.   Love to enjoy some bubbles on occasions and both of the Two Tails Bubbly Wines have now made the favourite bubbly list.This small vineyard is a credit to the owners, with neat tidy rows and vines.   Take a stroll around when you stay there, Madonna & Barry have no problem with that.   Definitely they have a little slice of paradise here, and its pretty awesome.

The room has a large bathroom including spa bath, nice tidy kitchenette with a bar fridge, microwave, electric frypan, toaster, jug and basic kitchen essentials.   Breakfast was waiting in the fridge for the next morning, with bacon eggs, bread for toasting, even a couple of cereals there if you desired as well.  Everything was neat tidy, clean, and very inviting.

The large country style verandah outside the door, has a BBQ as well as outside dining setting and a small coffee table setting.   We were offered the choice of sitting on the wonderful verandah outside the winery door as well.  Next time, I think we will, it certainly looked like an awesome place to wile away some time whilst kicking back enjoying a vino or two.  Not that there was anything wrong with the the verandah at the house, a nice relaxing place to watch the world go by.

If you give plenty of notice, check the website as your welcoming hosts give you some bbq dinner options.   We decided a couple of weeks prior to have  T-bone steak meal each.  Great decision that one.   The Tbones were huge, fantastic butcher quality steaks.   Complimented by the tasty salad and fresh buns, not forgetting a drop or two of the Two Tails Wine and you have a restaurant style meal.   Even better maybe as you get to cook that meat to your suit your palate.   All the condiments were provided too so you can stop here without bringing food at all.   

There are a couple of local pubs too, and two interesting looking cafes close by.   Certainly wont go hungry or thirsty in this area.  

We really cannot recommend this place highly enough.   As our first B&B experience with the owners onsite, it was simply fabulous.   Your hosts are friendly intriguing and we enjoyed sharing some time with them.   Certainly an excellent choice of venue to which we will return.

Even if you cannot stay, at least drop in and check out the winery.  If you really dont want to try any wine, Barry has a fridge of beer varieties at the cellar door as well as some non alchohoic drinks.   There is something here for everyone.

Perhaps you’re wondering where the name came from, Two tails came about because of the two tailed lizard.  Plenty of interesting facts to find out.   

Keep an eye out for updates on the two new rooms, restaurant, annual music festival, and oh so much this go ahead winery has to offer. Keep in mind the affordability of this venue..in no way is anything overpriced.

Enjoy your time and have a chat with the hosts, Maddona & Barry.   We had some hilarious conversations.  Thank you both for a fabulous experience.    We are definitely coming back!

Ibsis Bdget – Coffs Harbour

To live is to explore the world around us.  Too many are caught up in everyday routines, or staying with the familiar.  Why not, change tact every now and then.

With Easter on the horizon, we set off on a road trip from Queensland into New South Wales.  Nothng better than a few days away. Road tripping,  love it.

To break up the 9-10 hour trip, we decided to stop about halfway, at Ibsis Budget Coffs Harbour.  Reviews had slammed this place as being budget accommodation.  I’m not sure what these people missed but I’m pretty sure that was obvious in the name!  We were arriving late night, leaving early morning and to be fair, I’m not prepared to pay good or top dollars for a place you when don’t have time to enjoy the amenities on offer.

Ibsis Budget it was. Yes that came from Accor Plus membership , but here you cannot use your points, or gain points. No problem, to be honest for about $80, two people, room & breakfast, we are not complaining.  Although many have.

Om a side note here, Accor have their basis covered. For sure.  From basic accommodation to the best, they have it, and would have to say, good thnking.

The room is basic, as we expected.  In saying that it was sufficient.  Bed, TV, private bathroom, even basic coffee facilities and bar fridge.  We needed no more, particularly when you roll through the door late at night just to sleep and freshen up.

Not only sufficient, clean, tidy and the added plus of friendly helpful staff.  Even a phone call to check how we were travelling before they closed reception at 10pm.  Don’t panic if you do go over reception time.  They will call you, give you a code to enter a locked box outside, which will have your room key in it.Plenty of car parking, yes you probably look out onto a carpark, no balconies here, but as I said, we were just passing through for a few hours. It really doesn’t matter.

Buffet continental breakfast.  Again not sure why some expected a full cooked breakfast or a kitchen to open, as it was clearly advertised. Certainly again sufficient to top up after your snooze and refresh.

You cannot top service or cleanliness.  The young lady on reception and gentleman on buffet, were both friendly outgoing, helpful and very down to earth,   Most impressive service for budget accommodation.  Well done.  

Sure, I would not recommend staying here for a holiday, however, to break a road trip with a brief stopover,  highly recommended.  

Comfort Inn Blue Lagoon, Dubbo

  
At some point, you may bc seeking clean, comfortable accommodation in Dubbo.   Located on Cobra Street, also known as the Mitchell Highway, you will find the Comfort Inn Bkue Lagoon.

Rooms are not expensive here, there is plenty of uncovered parking, and they even provide superbly designed kennels , if you should wish to bring your canine friend.  The huge kennels are located at the back corner of the motel complex, with a large fenced, grassy area to stretch those four paws.  You will sleep well knowing your dog is residing in a comfortable environment.

Although not large, airconditioned rooms contain the usual  basic comforts you require whilst away from home.   Ensuite shower bathroom, large wardrobe, desk, single & queen beds, table with two chairs,  tv, bar fridge, tea/coffee facilities, including a toaster.   

There are no separate room balconies although if you prefer to watch the world go by outside, the walk through area is wide enough to take the seats out to, and not block everyone’s path.

A nice place to sit and drink in the fabulous sunsets, if you should be in one of the higher rooms.

 Other facilities here, included a free guest laundry with front loader machine & dryer.  Laundry powder can be purchased at the front desk, if you don’t have your own.

The large unground swimming pool near reception, is a definite plus for beating the summer heat.  Plenty of room to swim a few laps or cool off with the family.

Sails, is the onsite restaurant.  Open for breakfast and dinner, the food was superb, including presentation, taste & variety.  Service was also of a very high standard, with a full review already posted at http://www.dinelivetravel.com.

Breakfast can be delivered to your room, choosing from a basic cooked breakfast menu, for $9 per person, or, you can partake of the extensive onsite buffet.  Usually closed on Monday, the owners chose to open on the Monday we were there, possibly due to the high number of tenants onsite that morning.  Remember to book in for breakfast to receive a discount.

Onsite owners/managers and staff were friendly, helpful and happy to discuss the local area with you.    As the complex is within walking distance of some main town areas, you will find it a handy place to stop.   Fast food outlets are within a few hundred metres, with the Taronga Zoo Dubbo, around about a five minute drive.

Recommended to us as being a good place to stay, we would definitely return whenever we next pass through or visit .Dubbo.

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Sails Blue Lagoon, Dubbo

  Sails is located in the motel complex at the Comfort Inn Blue Lagoon, Dubbo.  With a bright airy, clean restaurant, first impressions are appealing.

Tall glass windows, frame the complex’s in ground pool, giving some interesting reflections as well as creating a relaxing atmosphere. 

For the duration of our stay in Dubbo, we enjoyed a few evening meals, as well as a buffet breakfast, at this venue.

Staff were friendly, whilst professional, however if I describe the overall quality of the food as outstanding, I am simply not doing it justice.     An entree of veal & duck terrine arrived at the table, beautifully presented on an elevated board.   I personally enjoyed this moist,  tasty dish.  

 Entrees were.generously sized, with the chicken skewers above providing another  fulfilling and enjoyable entree.

Drinks are also range through from very reasonably priced to not too espensive. As an example, there were full bottles of wine for $14 and stubbies of beer  for $5, available on the clearance menu.

 Presentation, taste and thoughtfulness put into each dish was to say the least, of a very high standard.  The tender meat on the above lamb shank above simply fell off the bone, making this one of the popular choices within our group.

Food was definitely of a higher standard than we would have expected from a motel restaurant.  With people in our group who travel Australia and the world, hailing from a diverse background of city and country areas, including local, interstate and overseas, this restaurant definitely exceeded all expectations.   

Twice cooked duck was another surprisingly juicy and delectable dish.  I mention this only because it can be so very difficult go find a duck dish which isn’t dry.

Children’s meals , including this fish n chip dish below, were very large.   Plenty to satisfy even the hungriest of young appetites.

 Remember to trial a dessert to finish.  After all, who could say no to bread & butter pudding………..

 
Or a Turkish delight pavlova…..yum!

 The next time you are passing through or staying in Dubbo, pay a visit to this restaurant.  This is certainly one hidden little gem!

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