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Our History

The history of motels in Western Australia can be traced back to the early 20th century when automobile travel began to gain in popularity. The first motels were simple roadside accommodations that offered basic amenities such as a bed, bathroom, and parking space. In the 1950s and 60s, the development of major Western Australian highway and road systems paved the way for a boom in motel construction. 

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Throughout its history, the Flag Motor Lodge has undergone several renovations to keep up with changing times and demands. In 1975 the Flag’ endured its biggest development yet, the addition of the superior and self-contained rooms. This new section allowed guests to bring the whole family and cook for themselves.

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Despite these changes, the Flag Motor Lodge has retained its classic charm and character. Since opening, the motel has welcomed countless guests through its doors, providing accommodation to people from all around the world, while building a strong rapport with its long-time returning customers.


The Flag Motor Lodge opened its doors to guests in 1967. Upon opening, the motel published its first advertisement, appearing in the 1967 edition of the White Pages. Modern and stylish accommodation was offered to guests from just $7.00 per night.

In the late 1990s, the motel again underwent a major renovation with all rooms being upgraded to include new furnishings and amenities. With this change, we waved goodbye to the mustard and brown colour scheme, iconic to the 1970s, and welcomed a sleek new contemporary design.


Today, the Flag Motor Lodge remains a popular choice for travellers seeking an affordable and convenient place to stay. Its long history of providing comfortable accommodation to guests has made it a beloved establishment in the community and a testament to the enduring appeal of the classic motel.

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