Explore Outback Queensland's Legendary Pubs!
Image: Tourism & Events Queensland 1. Step into a Time Capsule at North Gregory Hotel, Winton Known as "Australia's Queen of the Outback," the North Gregory Hotel is not just a pub; it's a living time capsule. Imagine the echoes of the first public performance of "Waltzing Matilda" in 1895 and secret meetings that took place in the hotel, that locals met to form a small airline called QANTAS in the 1920s. Even President Lyndon B. Johnson sought refuge here during World War II. As you explore, don't be surprised if the ghostly resident, Edgar Peters, plays tricks on you. Grab a coldie, soak up the stories, and step back in time with a wink and a smile! Image: Tourism & Events Queensland 2. Embrace Neon Oasis on the Matilda Way at Blue Heeler Hotel, Kynuna If you spot a glowing blue and pink neon sign while traveling down the Matilda Way, you're being summoned to the Blue Heeler Hotel , established in 1889. This classic pub is where Banjo Paterson strummed the first chords of "Waltzing Matilda." Cozy up to the fireplace and feel the spirit of RM Williams, the Aussie icon who built it. Banjo Paterson was a regular, and both the swagman and squatter from the famous song had their final drinks here. Experience the echoes of Australian history and legends in this warm outback embrace. Image: IMDB Paramount 3. Walk in Crocodile Dundee’s Shoes at Walkabout Creek Hotel, McKinlay While on your Julia Creek adventure, detour to McKinlay and visit the iconic Walkabout Creek Hotel , famous from the movie Crocodile Dundee. Inside, discover a treasure trove of memorabilia from Paul Hogan's Mick Dundee days. Enjoy hearty pub meals and warm hospitality. Whether it's a cold beer, mouthwatering pizza, or a stroll through history with old photos and movie relics, this is an adventure you can't miss. And for the adventurous souls, there's a camping ground out back to fully immerse yourself in the outback experience! Image: Tourism & Events Queensland 4. Outback Meets the Sea at Sunset Tavern, Karumba Witness a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria at the Sunset Tavern , where the outback meets the sea. After a day's journey from the coast along the scenic Savannah Way or rugged Matilda Way, unwind with a cold pint and enjoy the freshest prawns in town as the sun gracefully dips below the horizon. It's the perfect end to a day on the road, a moment of reflection, and a taste of outback tranquillity that will enchant you. Image: Quamby Pub 5. Celebrate the Rebirth of the Legendary Quamby Pub In the heart of the once-thriving Quamby township stands the Quamby Pub , a historic road stop dating back to 1860. Abandoned a decade ago, it was revived in 2021 by Gold Coast mates, Karen and Nigel Sheiles and Greg and Wendy White. In April last year, the iconic venue proudly reopened its doors, boasting new ablution blocks, accommodation buildings, and a campsite. With cold beer on tap and a menu featuring country basics, the small venue has already welcomed hundreds through its halls, ensuring the legacy of the Quamby Pub lives on in the heart of Cloncurry. Image: Purple Pub 6. Purple Reigns Supreme at The Purple Pub, Normanton You can't miss The Purple Pub in Normanton, thanks to its eye-catching purple exterior. It's proudly touted as the most photographed pub in the entire western region, and for good reason! This iconic watering hole invites you to enjoy a refreshing cold beer while rubbing shoulders with friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the vibrant, jovial spirit of The Purple Pub, where every moment is a colourful adventure!