Walkabout Creek Hotel
In a nutshell: Call that a knife?
Where:Middleton St, McKinlay, QLD.
Tell me more: If you want to sup a cold beer at the very bar that Crocodile Dundee called his local in those films, then this is the place to come. Well almost. The original Federal McKinlay Hotel was sold, renamed and moved up the road after the film took the world by storm.
DALY WATERS PUB
In a nutshell: Outback weirdness.
Where: 3km off Stuart Highway, 4km north of the Carpentaria Highway turn off, NT.
Tell me more:This surreal drinking hole, once a stop-off for London to Sydney flights (there’san airstrip just outside), is one of the most famous pubs in the outback. It also claims to be the Territory’s oldest pub (since 1893) and is now randomly stuffed with everything from bras to banknotes.
ADELAIDE RIVER INN
In a nutshell:Drink with a stuffed celebrity.
Where: Stuart Highway, NT.
Tell me more:Continuing the Crocodile Dundee theme, this bush pub merits a visit if only to meet its most famous local, Charlie, who can usually be found propping up the bar. Charlie, sadly long dead and stuffed, was the water buffalo hypnotised by Mick Dundee in the movie.
Where:Lappa Junction, on the road
to Chillagoe, about 43km past Dimbulah, QLD.
In a nutshell:The pub that really has been drunk dry.
Tell me more:This boozer has become legendary for a reason most bush drinking holes wouldrather avoid – it’s the “pub with no beer” made famous by Slim Dusty’s classic of the same name. Enjoy the collection of old pioneering artifacts. Just don’t forget to bring your own booze.
DESERT CAVE HOTEL
In a nutshell: Where the drinks always take you to a dark place.
Where: Hutchinson Street, Coober Pedy, SA.
Tell me more: Fed up with the heat? Then head underground. Like most of Coober Pedy,Australia’s biggest opal mining town, the Desert Cave Hotel is basically a massive man-made cave. But it has the added distinction of being the world’s only underground four star hotel. It also features a pub.
PUB IN THE PADDOCK
In a nutshell:Get drunk under the table by a pig.
Where:St Columbia Falls Road, Pyengana, Tasmania.
Tell me more:Forget the sharks, crocs and even the stuffed water buffalo, the Aussie animal you really need to meet is Slops, the beer-drinking pig. Proud locals claim this hard-drinking Tassie porker once guzzled a record 76 stubbies in one session, although he apparently fell over after the 54th. Don’t they have the RSPCA down here?
In a nutshell:Track down the original Road Warrior.
Where:Outside Broken Hill, NSW.
Tell me more: If your film taste is more post-apocalyptic nihilism than light-hearted croc wrestling, then you may enjoy a quick jar at the Silverton, where bits of Mad Max were filmed (his car, now owned by the landlord, still sits outside), plus the XXXX adverts and many more. The town itself, previously a wild hub for miners, is increasingly ghostly.
In a nutshell: Cartoon craziness.
Where: Main Street, Cunderdin, WA.
Tell me more: If reality is no longer enough then how about a beer in a cartoon bar? The Ettamogah Pub, complete with leaning walls, brings alive a boozer created by Ken Maynard in his cartoon series printed in the Australasian Post magazine. They’ve since been built aroundAustralia, including Sydney and the Sunshine Coast.
THE ESPLANADE HOTEL
In a nutshell: For a taste of musical history.
Where: 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC.
Tell me more: Always packed, the pleasingly shabby Espy is arguably Melbourne’s best pub, making it one of the best city bars in Oz. It has also been one of the country’s top music venues for more than a century. Lots of Aussie bands have had their big break here, including AC/DC, Nick Cave, Jet and Wolfmother.
LORD NELSON BREWERY HOTEL/FORTUNE OF WAR
In a nutshell: Sydney’s oldest pubs.
Where: 19 Kent St and 137 George St, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW.
Tell me more: These Sydney landmarks both love claiming to be the city’s oldest surviving pub. The Lord Nelson first became a licensed hotel in 1841, making it the oldest continually licensed hotel in town. The Fortune’s claim is based on the fact it has called the same building home since 1928, while other pubs have moved premises.
BONDI ICEBERGS CLUB
In a nutshell: Hang out with the beautiful people.
Where: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi, Sydney, NSW.
Tell me more: Supposedly the world’s only licensed swimming club (who checks these things?). Stop off for a glimpse of the best views of Bondi. Soak up the sights before heading up the beach to the North Bondi RSL Club where you can soak up the beers for far less cash.
November 10th, 2008