When it comes to the finding the best outback pub in Australia, these quirky and distinctive alehouses can’t be beat.
1. Birdsville Hotel, Qld
Situated on the eastern verge of the vast Simpson Desert in the heart of Queensland’s outback, this famous pub is an iconic stop for people from all walks of life.
With famous faces, fundraising rallies and colourful characters all regularly frequenting the Birdsville Hotel, you’re guaranteed to leave having made a new friend or two, and with a story to share.
2. Cameron Corner Store, NSW
If you’re in Queensland, at a property bearing a New South Wales address, a South Australian phone number and a nine-hole golf course with three holes in each of those three states, there’s only one place you could be — the Cameron Corner Store and hotel.
This outback gem - situated at the crossroads of three states - offers counter meals, cold beers, accommodation, supplies and mechanical repair, and a healthy dose of good old fashioned bush hospitality.
3. Innamincka Hotel, SA
A welcome sight at the end of the famous Strzelecki Track, Innamincka Hotel sees a revolving door of locals, contractors and weary travellers call in at this remote pub.
Offering more than your average alehouse, Innamincka Hotel is home to an outdoor cinema and mini golf course, live music and river cruises down Cooper Creek.
4. Lions Den Hotel, Qld
It might not be considered Australia’s most remote outback pub, but the Lions Den Hotel is undeniably Cape York’s most iconic pub.
Located on the northern leg of the Bloomfield Track and surrounded by lush rainforest, it’s a hugely popular destination among the 4WD fraternity, but it’s the quirky interior that has seen its reputation soar.
5. Mt Dare Hotel, SA
With Alice Springs to the north, Queensland via the Simpson Desert to the east and the Flinders Ranges and Oodnadatta Track to the south, South Australia’s Mt Dare Hotel could well be the centre of the universe — if you’re a keen 4WDer.
Chock full of outback charisma, Mt Dare Hotel was rebuilt in 2006 to include air-conditioned rooms, a campground and mechanical repair facilities.
6. Silverton Hotel, NSW
A true icon of the outback with a glittering Hollywood past, Silverton Hotel is a must-visit site for anyone travelling through the far west of New South Wales.
As the heart and soul of the Silverton community, it’s a wonderful place to learn about the history of the area, chat to locals and quench your hard-earned thirst.
7. Noccundra Hotel, Qld
Built in 1882 with sandstone blocks brought by camel train, the historic and much-loved Noccundra Hotel has managed to thrive long-term in the harsh outback Queensland conditions.
Once owned by Kerry Packer, this heritage-listed pub caters for travellers from the local gas industry, pastoral workers and tourists, but we hear the legendary barbequed steaks have long attracted visitors from right across the country.
8. Conargo Hotel, NSW
Originally known as the Billabong Hotel, Deniliquin’s Conargo Hotel is now synonymous with the annual Deni Ute Muster, having become a big part of the festivities and celebrations.
The amenities are in the old shearing shed and are quite a feature of the hotel, and there’s also free camping and access to hot showers, toilets and washing machines.
9. Nindigully Pub, Qld
Once a Cobb & Co staging post, Nindigully Pub – 45km south of St George - is reputedly the oldest continually-licensed pub in Queensland.
It is still close to original condition (complete with sawn timber walls!), but the real highlight are the pub’s famous hamburgers - particularly the 5.7kg “road train” burger, and the challenge is to eat it all in just one sitting!
10. Middleton Hotel, Qld
Built in 1876 by a farrier named Wiggins, the Middleton Hotel is one of the most isolated pubs in Queensland. Another old Cobb & Co post, you can’t miss the Middleton, which has an original coach parked outside, and the local history printed on a board at the front.
Visit and you will find not only spectacular scenery, but real, old fashioned hospitality from a genuine outback family in one of the most isolated and iconic pubs in Australia.