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"Der Windmolen" Top 5 Page for this destination Comfort Inn Big Windmill Tip by iandsmith

Comfort Inn Big Windmill, Coffs Harbour: 214 reviews and 1 photos

  A welcoming light
by iandsmith

Comfortable and roomy, this place comes with all you'd expect in a normal Aussie motel and the staff have always been helpful. Due to the way it's constructed the rooms are fairly quiet for a motel so close to the highway.

Unique Qualities: This motel is all on the ground floor, has its own gym and pool and is set back off the highway.
It's called the Big Windmill (originally Der Windmolen) for a rather obvious reason but thereby hangs a tale. While the windmill was being constructed by the homesick Dutchman whose vision it was, he tragically fell and was killed.
The windmill was later completed according to his vision (the atmospheric restaurant is situated underneath) and so the motel had its famous landmark.
Two other stories may interest you. On one occasion a girl was fixed to one of the blades and did a rotation or two as part of a local radio station stunt and there used to be one of the most genial hosts I've ever known who managed the place who died of a heart attack while playing golf. He was in his early 50's and there is a small plaque behind the counter commemorating his passing. I still feel sad about his loss while writing this.

Address: 168 Pacific Highway South
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: I took this sunset shot while standing in the middle of the carpark!
Phone: +61 2 6652 2933
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Motel
Website: http://

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 21, 2004
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