Top 10 Best Iconic Aussie Pubs

Daly Waters Pub (NT)

1-daly-waters-pub-j-archibaldThe Daly Waters pub is considered a ‘must stop’ by many travellers traversing the Stuart Highway in the NT. Cold beer, Beef & Barra nights and a collection of quirky memorabilia plastered over the walls that is sure to keep you entertained. A short diversion from the main highway around 600kms south of Darwin. (Photo: J Archibald)

Nindigully Pub (QLD)

2-nindigully-pub-j-archibaldEstablished in 1864, the Nindigully Pub is home to the famous Road Train Burger- said to feed four people, however many have dared and succeeded in finishing it alone, complete with a serve of chips and onion rings- that’s quite a challenge. Boasting ‘hot showers & cold toilets’, outback charm and plenty of character. The pub was also used as a location for filming of the movie ‘Paperback Hero’. (Photo: J Archibald)

Tilpa Hotel (QLD)

3-tilpa-hotel-tilpa-hotelThis small outback pub has been welcoming patrons for over 100 years and is a must see attraction for travellers passing through the Darling River area. Visitors can leave their mark in the form of graffiti on the walls and roof for a small donation to the RFDS- The existing remarks and comments left by others make for interesting reading whilst enjoying a cold beer. (Photo: Tilpa Hotel)

Lions Den Hotel (QLD)

4-the-lions-den-hotel-lions-den-hotel‘The Den’ as its affectionately known as is a popular stop for travellers driving the Bloomfield Track and those visiting Cooktown. Built on the banks of the Little Annan River and set amongst a tropical landscape. The Lions Den Hotel is a landmark hotel made of timber and iron known for its quirky displays and walls hosting signatures and comments from visitors past. (Photo: Lions Den Hotel)

The Purple Pub (QLD)

5-the-purple-pub-j-archibaldLocated in the small gulf town of Normanton, The Purple Pub lives up to its name- its one big, purple pub as you would expect. You simply cant miss it, the vibrant paint job makes sure of that. Here you are sure to meet a few colourful characters who will be up for a yarn, chat about the fishing or swap crocodile stories. A definite inclusion for your list of iconic pubs to visit. (Photo: J Archibald)

Heatbreak Hotel (NT)

1-heartbreak-hotel-tourism-ntEnjoying a nice cold beer in the outback after a long days drive is one of those simple life pleasures and the Heartbreak Hotel is just the spot to do that. Located at Cape Crawford in the NT, 110kms from Borroloola. A great spot to take a scenic helicopter flight to the Lost City. Great meals, cold beer, basic supplies- what more could you ask for. (Photo: Tourism NT)

The Birdsville Hotel (QLD)

2-birdsville-hotel-j-archibaldPossibly one of the most famous iconic hotels in oz. The town of Birdsville is located in the south-western corner of QLD at the edge of the Simpson Desert and the hotel is where all the action is (except on the day of the Birdsville Cup). The hotel was built in 1884 and is a welcomed watering hole for travellers crossing the Simpson or driving the Birdsville Track. (Photo: J Archibald)

The Prairie Hotel (SA)

3-the-prairie-hotel-j-archibaldFamous more for its innovative food menu encompassing dishes such as the Feral Mixed Grill (Kangaroo fillet, emu filet mignon, camel sausage, roast potato in a red wine sauce) and other ‘road kill’ inspired meals. The Prairie Hotel is a great spot for a cold beverage after exploring South Australia’s Flinders Rangers. Outback humour and character at its finest. (Photo: J Archibald)

The Pub in the Paddock (St Columba Falls Hotel) (TAS)

4-pub-in-the-paddock-pub-in-the-paddockLocated in Pyengana (30kms inland from St Helens). Famous for the ‘Beer Drinking Pig’ and for literally standing in the middle of a paddock.

Here you will enjoy good old fashioned home cooked pub meals using local produce, cold beer (local and imported) and local wines all set with a classic country atmosphere. One of Tasmania’s oldest country pubs. (Photo: The Pub in the Paddock)

North Gregory Hotel (QLD)

5-north-gregory-hotel-north-gregory-hotelOne of North Gregory Hotel’s claim to fame is this is where the song ‘Waltzing Matilda’ was performed for the first time in public back in 1895. It is also said that the original idea for Qantas was first discussed in the back rooms of the hotel in the 1920’s. The hotel has experienced 3 fires in its past but stands strong today in Elderslie St Winton. A pub with a lot of history and an interesting story to tell. (Photo: North Gregory Hotel)