Who knows why Country Pub Camping is so amazing and what the actual reason to finding a great outback pubs is?Is it the thirst to discover great locations or the great locations that create the journey, either way finding an amazing outback pub is a win win trip.
When ever you are in the outback and you really want to get a feel of what makes Queensland so great, you’ve got to go straight to the nerve centre… aka the local pubs.
These fine establishments are not just the source of a great meal and a cold drink, but they tell tales of Australia’s history and boast charms and quirks you’d never expect.
So hit the road Jack (or whatever your name is) and don’t ya come back until you’ve paid a visit to these country pubs.
I will admit up front, that I have a bias for camping and caravaning, and really enjoy the smaller towns and regions, but the Pub-Trailing itineraries will equally provide those with interests in cities and suburbs, with an introduction to some fine pubs and taverns there as well.
Nobby legend says the author – who lived in the small Darling Downs village and whose real name is Arthur Hoey Davis – would haul up in the corner of the pub to pen his tales.
But what’s even more impressive (and unexpected) is the crazy collection of Steve Rudd memorabilia that lines the walls. Floor-to-ceiling you’ll find photographs, posters, newsletter clippings, paintings, and the author’s books. It’s kind of like eating inside a museum that also serves alcohol daily. #cheerstothat
Find Your Way To: 10 Tooth St, Nobby.
(07) 4696 3211
Over the years, the owners have managed to maintain its character and old world charm to a tee, including the original cedar chiller box from the 1930s, which is still kickin’ to this day.
Our recommendation? Order some grub and take a seat at one of the rustic picnic tables on the open veranda (if you can nab a spot).
Find Your Way To: 61 Eton Street, Cambooya.Cambooya Qld 4358
P | 07 4696 1235
F | 07 4696 1335
E | [email protected]
Firstly, it’s famed as the longest-continually-licensed pub in Queensland, established back in 1863 as the sign out the front proclaims. Secondly, it was the venue of the first EVER international darts match played via satellite (super random but pretty freaking cool if you ask me).
And last but certainly not least, the infamous Mixed Grill: a mammoth feast of T-bone steak, pork chop, thick English sausage, bacon, chips, fried egg, grilled tomato, gravy and veggies. Locals admit it’s a rare sight to see one of these bad boys finished… are you up for the challenge?
Find Your Way To: 9864 New England Highway, Cabarlah.
Call for a booking: 07 46966202
Fancy yourself quite the beer connoisseur? With over 70 different beers, including Australian craft beers and limited editions, you could come back to The Spotted Cow in Toowoomba every Sunday for a whole year and still not sample the lot.
Surprisingly though, it’s not just the fine selection of tipple that the place is famed for, but the mussels. Yep, for a pub that’s got the word cow in its name, you’d think it’d be the beef everyone would be raving about and not sea barnacles.
But while their prime cut beef is damn good too, it’s their signature dish of black mussels from Spring Bay in Tasmania, served by the kilo, that’s got everyone in a frenzy.
Find Your Way To: 296 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba.
(07) 4639 3264
Where does one go if they want to find some of Australia’s biggest burgers? Why, to the edge of Southern Queensland Country, of course. Nindigully may be a small town of nine souls, but when it comes to burgers, the local pub has got some big game.
Say hello to the Road Hog Burger: 14kg of smoked, boned and seasoned leg of pork with 15 tomatoes, 24 slices of cheese, two lettuces, pineapple, beetroot, onion, and topped off with apple sauce and fresh crackle. This bad boy feeds 20-25 hangry bellies, and like their other oversized burgers, needs to be pre-ordered three days in advance so that the buns can be custom made by the nearby bakery.
If you can’t convince an army of friends and family to tackle the beast, you can still make the journey out to order the Road Train Burger straight off the menu, any day of the week. Weighing in at 5.5kg, it’s served with fries, onion rings and lashings of sauce, feeding up to six people.
Find Your Way To: Sternes Street, Nindigully.
This old girl has sure come a long way since good ol’ Queen Victoria’s days. What started out as a modest single-storey wooden building with a shingle roof is now one of the most outstanding examples of architecture in Southern Queensland Country.
Standing out like a sore (and ridiculously beautiful) thumb in Goondiwindi‘s main street, the iconic Victoria Hotel oozes Victoriana and Jazz Age style with a hint of Early Colonial thrown into the mix: a criss-cross of dark panelling and white lattice lines the building’s exterior, complimented by stained-glass windows and doorways, and an ornamental tower as the cherry on top to cement its grand status.
Find Your Way To: 81 Marshall Street, Goondiwindi.
Phone: 07 4671 1007
Fax: 07 4671 1009
Mobile: 0428 592805
Email: [email protected]
Renowned in the biking community for their friendly hospitality, a visit to the Stockman Hotel will see guests arriving by motorbike – and staying at the hotel – treated to undercover parking, a free Biker’s Kit with all the essentials like chain oil and helmet cleaner, and to top it off, your first drink on the house.
Is the only bike you own one that needs pedalling? Don’t worry, a road trip out to this yellow-brick country pub via car/campervan is still worth it, if only to say you’ve been to Texas. Nope, not that one in the US of A, but the tiny Queensland town perched on the banks of the peaceful Dumaresq River, south-west of Goondiwindi.
Find Your Way To: 3 High Street, Texas.