Article The Ultimate Australian Outback Pub Crawl
The Australian Outback would not be complete, without its timeless and quirky Country Pubs. There are thousands you’ll find along your travels in your motorhome hire. Here is our list of 5 of the most unique pubs.
The Exchange Hotel, Kalgoorlie Western Australia
In the mining heart of Western Australia, you will find the The Exchange Hotelin Kalgoorlie. The Exchange Hotel was built in 1900 and at a point in Kalgoorlie’s history, was one of 80 pubs in this mining town.
Constructed for the Wilkie brothers who were contractors on the Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie Railway, this Hotel has stood the test of time. Surviving through mining booms, the rise of Fly-In-Fly-Out workers and home of the annual Diggers and Dealers conference party, The Exchange Hotelis an iconic part of West Australia’s history.
When you walk into the hotel, you will see straight away why it is famous with scantily clad bar tenders and waitresses. The hotel features Paddy’s Ale House and the Wild West Saloon which are sure to satisfy your thirst and leave you with some stories the next day.
To get to Kalgoorlie, your campervan road trip will start in West Australia’s capital of Perth and take you around 600km north east on the Great Eastern Highway. While you’re in Kalgoorlie, be sure to make time during the day to explore the Miner’s Hall of Fame with underground tours and the famous Super Pit open cut mine.
The Prairie Hotel, South Australia
On the edge of the Flinders Ranges, the Prairie Hotel was first licensed in 1876. With mountain views and over 140 years of stories to share, the Prairie Hotel is also home to a fair dinkum Aussie meal that is sure to intimidate some of even the toughest travellers. Listed in one of Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 Gourmet experiences, you will find the Feral Mixed Grill, which includes camel sausage, goat chop, emu patty and the iconic kangaroo fillet. Not many countries will proudly serve you their National emblems on a plate, but the Prairie Hotel serves your cold beer with a one of a kind Aussie culinary experience.
From Adelaide, the Prairie Hotel is just over 5 hours north on Highway A1 and on your way, stop in at the Wadlata Outback Centre for an insight into the evolution of the Australian Outback. The winner of 6 tourism awards, this a great stop on your journey giving you a real Outback experience.
The Silverton Hotel, New South Wales
Only 5 hours away this time and near the South Australia and New South Wales border is the Silverton Hotel, which offers a lot more than just a cold beer and some good stories. The Silverton Hotel has been used in several movies such as Mad Max II, A town like Alice, Dirty Deeds, the Craic and even features an onsite Mad Max museum and replica. The hotel’s rich history includes the burning down of the original premises, its conversion from a Post Office to a Hotel and now moonlighting as a film set. With the classic Australian cold beers and its famous Hot Dogs, you will need to block out plenty of time for taking in all the hotel has to offer before you settle in for a cold one.
While The Silverton Hotel is in New South Wales, the closest capital city is once again Adelaide. From here, the most direct route to the hotel is a 6 hour drive north east via the Barrier Highway. However, if you’re looking for a slightly more scenic trip, pass through Mildura and see the sights of the Murray River. This trip may take an hour or two longer, but you can stay the night and enjoy a cruise along the Murray in a historic paddleboat.
The Great Western – Queensland
Photograph by Denni Schnapp
Rockhampton is the home of the Australian ‘cowboys’ and at The Great Western Hotel you will see why.
Featuring Australia’s only indoor rodeo arena, every Wednesday and Friday night is Bull Riding School and all of your dreams of being a real cowboy can finally come true down at the local pub. Whether you are looking for a show or want to take the challenge, grab yourself a Bundy and Coke on tap at the pub and head on through to the rodeo. Our tip for you is to find an Akubra hat to wear on the night so that you can blend in with the locals. Rockhampton is 7 hours north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. On your way to Rockhampton, be sure to swing past Bundaberg, home of the Australian classic, Bundaberg Rum and take a tour of their famous distillery. If you’re lucky, you might even get to blend your own!
Daly Waters Pub, Northern Territory
Legend has it that in the 1980’s, a female passenger on a coach bet her driver that if she couldn’t drink a certain number of beers, she would donate her bra to the establishment they drank at. While that passenger may have lost an undergarment that day, she started a tradition that has led to the Daly Waters Pub holding the largest pub collection of bras in Australia.
Established in 1930, the pub is on the way to nowhere sitting 600 km south of Darwin and 900 km north of Alice Springs, but on your tour of Australian Pubs, this one is a must. If you’re up for a little adventure on your way, touring via Jabiru will allow you to drive through the famous Australian Kakadu Park which is undoubtedly a once in a lifetime opportunity.