Outback Pubs in Australia

There’s nothing that we Aussie’s like more than to crack open a “cold one” on a hot summer’s day. But, when you’re in the Outback, stopping at a welcoming watering hole to wash down the taste of dust with an ice-cold beer is the closest sensation to heaven you’re likely to get.

Here is a very small list of Outback Pubs in Australia.

Mt Dare Hotel above is ideally situated on the Western edge of the Simpson Desert just 10km south of the Northern Territory border. They are at a cross road for travellers, visit Ayers Rock to the west, Alice Springs to the north, Queensland via the Simpson to the east and the Oodnadatta track and the Flinders Rangers to the south.


The Walkabout Creek Hotel in Queensland is one of the most internationally known Outback Pubs in Australia.
A lot of tourist want to go to  Crocodile Dundee’s regular drinking spot in the movie. Known originally as the Federal McKinlay Hotel, it is now the town’s number one tourist attraction.


The William Creek Pub is in South Australia’s smallest town in the middle of the world’s largest cattle property, Anna Creek Station which, at 34,000 sq kms, is roughly the size of Belgium.


You can’t get more Outback than the famous Prairie Hotel at Parachilna in South Australia. Built in the 1890s, the pub attracts visitors from all over the world who come to try the renowned Australian native cuisine or ‘bush tucker.


The Maidens Hotel (Where Burke and Wills stayed) in Menindee N.S.W claims to be the oldest continuously operating Hotel in Outback Australia, having opened in 1853.


Originally built in 1847, the Royal Bulls Head Inn, Drayton, on the Darling Downs is one of Queensland's oldest pubs and is testament to how people lived in the 1860’s. The first pub, a slab and shingle building, was erected in 1847, but was replaced in 1859 by the one which still stands on the site today. It is currently being restored by the national trust.



Nindigully Pub
claims to be Queensland's oldest hotel in it's original condition and can be found in it's original position on the banks of the MoonieRiver. The Nindy also has strong claims to the title of oldest continually licensed Pub. The licence was issued in 1864 after operating as shearers accommodation for the Nindigully Station. It certainly is a classic Qld Pub and well worth a visit.


Australia’s best known and much loved national song and the nation’s unofficial national anthem, Waltzing Matilda, is believed to have been sung first in 1859 at the North Gregory Hotel, in Outback Winton.


One of Australia’s most legendary watering holes is the Birdsville Hotel in Outback Queensland. Built in 1884 it has been witness to history made, yarns spun and the survival of Australian mate ship. It epitomises the essence of the Outback and continues to grow in popularity each year during the Birdsville Cup races.


Clad in corrugated iron, the Daly Waters Pub in the Northern Territory is crammed with decades of Australian memorabilia and quirky knick-knacks. Once a popular drover’s rest, today, it is a popular pit-stop for thirsty tourists travelling the Explorer’s Way between Alice Springs and Darwin.

These are just a small sample of Outback pubs you will find in Australia, you can visit any Outback pub in Australia and be greeted by a friendly face, and with sincere outback hospitality, that you will never receive in the big cities.

The Outback is a truly spectacular place, from areas that may not see rain for years, through to floods that make the land impassable through the wet season.

Outback Australia: A Guide to the Northern Territory and Kimberly (Little Hills Press Travel Guides)Thumbs Up Australia: Hitching the Outback