Motels were established primarily as accommodation for people travelling by car. Motel is a contraction of motor hotel. They are found throughout Australia in both city and country areas, though are more common in the country. Most towns with a population of about 1000 or more will have at least one motel. However, that's not to say that smaller towns won't have them; it tends to depend on the location and popularity of the town.
Accommodation at motels is usually in a single room though some also have suites or interconnecting rooms available. Most motels are single-storey buildings with car parking available right outside the room. Some are double-storey but will still have parking close to rooms.
Most rooms are set up to accommodate at least two people, in either a double (or queen) bed or two single beds. Family rooms are also generally available. Rooms are equipped with their own bathroom, and most will have tea and coffee making facilities (complete with complimentary tea/coffee, milk and, often, biscuits), a small refrigerator and, sometimes, a toaster. All linen is provided.
Some motels have a restaurant on the premises which serves breakfast and dinner. However, it is more common for motels to only provide breakfast. There is usually a choice of a cooked or continental breakfast. Guests place their breakfast orders the night before and the meal is delivered to the room in the morning. However, some motels will only supply provisions for a light breakfast which guests prepare for themselves.
Tariffs generally are for the room only. Meals usually incur an additional charge. Cost for a room can vary depending on the area and facilities provided. Around $50 for a single or $60 for a couple per night is the minimum charged. The upper limit is generally no more than $200.