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Saltbush Motor Inn, Hay


A classic Aussie motor inn done to perfection. 

Australians have always been a mobile bunch. We are the kind of people who hit the road just for the fun of it, rolling the windows all the way down so we can feel the wind in our hair and track the changes in the scent of the countryside. This is our type of freedom, one that we are lucky to enjoy because it is undeniably a necessity in this wide land. So it’s no surprise that we have mastered the art of providing comfortable and affordable accommodation for this type of traveller in the form of the classic motor inn.

Saltbush Motor Inn is a four star motel located on the Hay’s main drag and has recently been entirely refurbished. This means that everything about this hotel – from the potted plants that decorate the Inn’s perimeters to the fluffy towels in the bathroom – is impeccably clean and modern.


Saltbush is designed in the classic motor inn style with all the rooms in a horseshoe shape surrounding the off-street parking area. Once you have parked the car directly outside your unit you will be able freshen up in the air-conditioned comfort of your room because the friendly motel staff are kind enough to turn it on in preparation for your arrival.

Saltbush is perfectly located within walking distance of Hay’s shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, making it easy to head out for a delicious bistro meal and a brew to wash it down.

If you would prefer to eat in every room has a kitchenette complete with kettle, microwave, crockery, cutlery, and a small dining area. There is also a communal barbecue area by the saltwater swimming pool that all guests are welcome to use. Breakfast can be pre-ordered from the motels menu or you can visit Treloar’s Café that is just next door.

Rumour has it that Paul Hogan once stayed in Saltbush’s Deluxe Spa Suite, which has enough room in the tub for two people to relax their tired muscles in movie star style, and will only set you back an extra $40 or so.

All the beds are new and dressed in luxuriously crisp linen, and Travel In is happy to report that they are supremely comfortable. The quiet rooms also have very good blinds and curtains, so you will be able to sleep for as long as you need to recover from the drive.


The motel offers excellent wi-fi that is a boon for business travellers, and people looking for some light entertainment are sure to find it on the Austar-equipped flatscreen LCD TVs.

Saltbush Motor Inn has everything a tired traveller needs, and it is telling that the most oft repeated judgement of Saltbush’s past guests is that they didn’t spend enough time enjoying the inn’s facilities or the town’s charms.

Saltbush Motor Inn is located at 193 Lachlan St, Hay, NSW.

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