Reception this way

Motels - a sentimental journey with Tim Ross. A National Archives of Australia touring exhibition | 27 Jan to 17 Mar 2024

Reception this way
Guests relax at the California Hotel in Melbourne (detail), about 1964. NAA: B942, HOTELS - MOTELS & RESTAURANTS [3]

Travel around Australia revisiting your memories of the classic Aussie motel, from family holidays and long road trips to continental breakfasts and midcentury mod cons.

In a land where the car has provided us with the ultimate freedom to hit the road and explore, it is no surprise that Australians wholeheartedly embraced the American concept of the motel. When motels began springing up in the 1950s, they represented a new, stylish and sophisticated way to travel.

Embark on a sentimental journey, rediscovering the quintessential Australian experience of staying in a motel in our new exhibition, Reception this way: motels – a sentimental journey with Tim Ross.

LocationEventDate and timeRegistration
Caloundra Regional GalleryExhibition27 January to 17 March 2024Not required
Caloundra Regional GalleryValentines retro
dinner for two
Wednesday 14 February, 6.00-8.00pmMore information
Caloundra Regional GalleryKids Art Attack – Retro SunglassesSaturday 2 March, 11.00am–1.00pmMore information
Caloundra Regional GalleryMiniature motels of
memory workshop
Saturday 9 March, 2.30-5.30pmMore information


A national touring exhibition developed by the National Archives of Australia, supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.