Accor has opened the doors this week to its new Murray River resort in The Sebel Yarrawonga, located on the Victoria/NSW border around three hours’ drive north of Melbourne and one hour from Albury.
Currently, 63 rooms and apartments up to three bedrooms in size make up the resort, with two of its three F&B venues – Stock and Barrel Bar and the Sunset Pool Bar – opening with it. A third restaurant, Elizabeth’s fine dining, will welcome diners from next month. A day spa will also open early next year, the property has confirmed.
Sitting in the picturesque Murray River region, the first stage of the resort features 63 guest rooms and apartments. A second stage comprised of 54 rooms will be opened in late 2022 or early 2023.
Two of the property’s three food and beverage outlets – the casual Stock and Barrel Bar and the Sunset Pool Bar – will open next month, with the headline Elizabeth’s fine dining restaurant to join the fray before the end of this year.
The Sebel Yarrawonga sits next door to Black Bull championship golf course – regarded as one of the best in the Murray River region. The resort is expected to generate 60 on-site jobs and contribute to 500 more through local suppliers and contractors.
It is anticipated the resort will contribute to an increase of nearly 100,000 visitors to the region and inject AUD$14 million into the local economy once open in full.
The resort will be led by experienced Accor General Manager, Rebecca Russell, who was identified as an emerging talent by the Accor leadership program in 2014 and has since worked her way through properties in North Queensland, Sydney, Alice Springs and regional NSW before making her way to The Sebel Yarrawonga.
The property is celebrating the opening by launching its own specially curated ‘Drive’ playlist for the driving holiday market, with classics such as ‘Drive’ by The Cars and ‘Freedom’ by George Michael, aimed at encouraging Victorians emerging from a 16-week lockdown to get out and explore their state once again.