When Rosalie DeAraugo started managing the Best Western Cathedral Motor Inn, Bendigo, “I had no background in hospitality whatsoever.”
But she quickly learned and in just three years took the 31-room property from outside the top 10 to #1 on TripAdvisor’s Bendigo ranking.
“It’s a team effort,” she modestly says.
“Before I started here I worked as admin in our family’s electrical business for 20 years.
“The change was nice. I love meeting people and having one-on-one contact with guests. “
That certainly shows.
She and her husband Steve live on site while their two boys reside nearby and are on hand to help if needed.
“Steve is always here giving me advice, and I mean that in a nice way.”
Rosalie is Bendigo born and bred and has seen the city grow steadily to a population of 112,000, making it the third largest city in Victoria.
Bendigo’s proximity to Melbourne 150km to the south is a big reason for that and Rosalie reckons in a couple of years freeway improvements will cut drive time dramatically.
Tourism is a major part of the city’s economy, which was originally founded on gold, a prosperous era that can be seen in the old proud buildings lining the streets of Central Bendigo.
Among them is Sacred Heart Cathedral, one of Australia’s largest churches.
Funded by Henry Backhaus, the first Catholic Priest on the Bendigo Goldfields, Sacred Heart is an extraordinary structure, and a major tourist attraction.
As you can probably tell from the name, Best Western Cathedral Motor Inn is right next door, while the CBD is just a couple of blocks away.
“The thing I like about Bendigo is that it’s big enough and small enough.”
Tourists think so too and it’s an increasingly popular destination.
And now you know where to stay.