The iconic Aussie pub: five famous hotels

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There are few things more Australian than grabbing a beer at your local, especially if the drink of choice is a XXXX or VB. Aussies have been partaking in this particular activity for a couple of centuries, and many of the country’s pubs can attest to this fact. When an establishment has been pouring beers for decades, you can be assured there is a story or two to tell. Here are five iconic Australian watering holes to visit for a beverage and a few (tall) tales!

Walkabout Creek Hotel, QLD

The Walkabout Creek Hotel is found in McKinlay, a town of just 20 residents in outback Queensland. It is renowned for being Mick Dundee’s regular watering hole in the first Crocodile Dundee film. According to Australian Geographic, following the movie’s release, the hotel was sold for $290,000 and the new owners renamed it from the Federal Hotel to the Walkabout Creek. It still looks as rough around the edges as it did in the film, and is promoted as McKinlay’s leading tourist attraction.

Lee’s Hotel, QLD

Lee’s Hotel in Ingham Queensland is the Pub with No Beer made famous in country music icon Slim Dusty’s song of the same name. The story goes that during World War II, a group of American servicemen took 14 hours to do what should have been a 1.5-hour trip from Townsville to Ingham because of flooded rivers, and proceeded to drink the pub dry on arrival. When a local discovered the following day his pub had no beer, he wrote a poem, which is said to be the basis of Slim Dusty’s worldwide hit. Mind you, the pub at Taylor’s Arm on the NSW mid-north coast also claims this honour, with a story of being cut off by flood water and running out of beer!

The Daly Waters Pub, NT

There isn’t much else in Daly Waters except its pub. But the famous hotel in the Northern Territory outback is well-known because it asks its patrons to leave their mark. Over the past thirty years, this has included hundreds of bras, business cards, banknotes, and even an Irish hurling stick. The pub’s liquor licence has been in effect since 1893.

The Prairie Hotel, SA

Its website calls the Prairie Hotel, “the hip outback hotel where the desert meets the Flinders Ranges.” The hotel is located in Parachilna, South Australia, and has been around since 1876. The Fargher family decided to buy their local pub in 1991 and are now the publicans of an establishment famous for its Flinders Feral Food menu. Patrons can choose from goat, kangaroo, camel sausage, emu fillet mignon or even emu pate.

The Bush Inn Hotel, TAS

The Bush Inn Hotel in New Norfolk Tasmania is renowned as Australia’s oldest continually-licensed pub. It was built in 1815, began pouring beers in 1825 and hasn’t stopped since – even beginning with a female publican. The hotel has three bars and a restaurant called the Melba Room. Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, famously sang a few songs there during a visit in 1924.
Hotels are an Australian institution, particularly in the country’s vast outback.

If you have a hankering to own a pub, check out hotels for sale. There would never be a dull day on the job as an Australian hotel publican!