shot of pub with white walls and roof with green trim and red door

Take a break from the bustling city and head out back to enjoy the boisterousness of the classic country pub.

Nothing says ‘Aussie Outback’ like a good old classic pub. Packed full of character and eccentricity, explore rural Australia, mingle with the locals and share a damn good yarn. Make sure to have a taste of what real pub food is too, because the beauty of it is it’s all local produce in these parts. While some of our picks have that real country charm, some far more rough around the edges. In saying that, they offer a truly unique, outback experience that you won’t find in your everyday metropolis.

Pub in the Paddock, Tasmania 

This country pub is situated in, you guessed it, a paddock. Surrounded by the beautiful, green rolling hills of Tasmania, Pub in the Paddock has been serving drinks since 1880, and is one of Australia’s oldest pubs.  Locals willingly share stories of the pubs past to visiting strangers over a schooner (or two). Lunch and dinner options are available every day of the week, with the restaurant serving traditional pub grub. Pub in the Paddock is also the home to a very unique barnyard friend, Priscilla, ‘The Beer Drinking Pig’, and visitors are encouraged to purchase a watered down beer and offer Priscilla a drink. If you’re keen to stay and explore more of the town, Pub in the Paddock also offers accommodation.

Pub in the Paddock
(03) 6373 6121
250 St Columbafalls Road, Pyengana, TAS
Mon 10am-11pm, Tue-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun 11am-9pm

Heyward’s Royal Oak Hotel, South Australia

two two brick hotel

Heyward’s Royal Oak Hotel is a striking heritage-listed hotel with a pub open to guests, locals and visitors in Penola. Warm and cosy during the winter, its lively beer garden is also busy during the warmer months giving it a year-round appeal. Backed by great ambience and a seasonal menu with local produce, make sure you enjoy a meal with a drop from the Coonawarra Wine Region.

Heyward’s Royal Oak Hotel
(08) 8373 2322
31 Church Street, Penola SA

Silverton Hotel, New South Wales

small sandstone pub with black beetle out front

Silverton Hotel is certainly a pub with a famous history, with movies such as Mad Max and Razorback all having shot scenes at this iconic outback pub. Inside, the walls are adorned with a montage of photos as a tribute to all the times Silverton Hotel has been filmed. Offering ice cold beer, their famous hot dogs, along with a medley of other traditional pub feeds, you won’t be leaving this pub unsatisfied. Silverton Hotel, as the name suggests, also has accommodation options.

Silverton Hotel
(08) 80 88 5313
LOT 1 Silverton Road, Silverton, NSW

Ulmarra Hotel, New South Wales

Built in 1906, this Federation style pub is set on the banks of the mighty Clarence River, just 12 kilometres north of Grafton in northern NSW. This pub is in the heart of the charming Ulmarra village, and also boasts a large beer garden that goes down to the river. If you feel like staying to explore more of the town and river, book a room at this darling hotel.

Ulmarra Hotel
(03) 6644 5305
2 Coldstream Street, Ulmarra NSW

Birdsvile Hotel, Queensland

shot of pub with white walls and roof with green trim and red door

As remote as it gets, Birdsville Hotel is perched on the edge of the Simpson Desert and is one of Australia’s most famous pubs. 1,590 kilometres west of Brisbane and 720 kilometres south of Mt Isa, is the town of Birdsville, where the population is just over 100. The pub opened in 1884 and has since become a gathering place for locals and tourists alike, and if you’re looking to stay there is accommodation. Head there on a Sunday night for a traditional roast. And if you’re looking to fast track your stay, there’s an airstrip right out the back of the pub.

Nindigully Pub, Queensland

Located on the edge of the outback, the oldest pub in Queensland offers it all. Beautiful food is available every day of the week, including some of Australia’s biggest meals. For those game enough, this pub is home to a 1.2 kilogram Roadtrain burger and an even bigger 1.5 kilogram Caveman cutlet. Just outside, the pub is next to the beautiful tree lined Moonie River, where you can even go in for a dip on a hot day. Nicknamed ‘The Gully’, this pub is certainly a destination for those interested in Australian history.

Nindigully Pub
(07) 4625 9637
Starnes Street, Nindigully, Queensland

The Daly Waters Pub, Northern Territory

the daly waters pub

The Daly Waters Pub is famous for people leaving behind their mark. The story began in the 80s when a truck driver made a bet with his female passengers that if they couldn’t drink a certain number of beers, they had to leave their bras. And hence the tradition, with many female visitors leaving their brassiere behind. The Daly Waters serves some amazing pub grub using local produce and includes a mix of surf and turf. For the more adventurous, there is crocodile, kangaroo, buffalo and kangaroo sliders, and of course a variety of beers and Australian wines to choose from.

The Daly Waters
(08) 8975 9927
16 Stuart Street, Daly Waters, NT

The Pub with No Beer, New South Wales

outdoor garden with canopy of hanging plants

Don’t be put off by the name, this pub serves the renowned Murray’s Craft Beer. The Pub with no Beer has been recognised as the inspiration for Slim Dusty’s song of the same name, as one time the pub ran out of beer when the supply was cut off by flooding. There is a pizza lounge and restaurant to choose from and of course a selection of local and imported beverages. Outside the views are stunning and be sure to look up at the starry night and enjoy the quiet outdoors.

The Pub with No Beer 
(02) 6564 2100
4 Taylors Arm Road, Taylors Arm, NSW

Prairie Hotel, South Australia

front of hotel with pink sunset

On the edge of Flinders Ranges, Prairie Hotel is one pub that you don’t want to miss. Known for innovative pub food with a unique twist, the pubs Feral Mixed Grill is listed as one of Australia’s top one hundred gourmet experiences. The menu often changes with the seasons, as the staff create meals that use local produce such as native peaches, saltbush and native pepper leaf.  There is also an intimate front bar where you can grab a cold drink and mingle with the locals and other tourists from around the world.

Prairie Hotel
1800 331 473
High St & West Terrace, Parachilna, SA