Nindigilly Pub in the Western Downs is Queensland's oldest hotel, with a licence issued in 1864 after it had been shearers accommodation for Nindigully Station. It is still in its original condition and position, right on the banks of the Moonie River, one of the heads of the Darling River system.
Every owner has tried to keep the original ambience of the pub. The walls are adorned with more than 140 Akubra hats, worn by locals until well past their use-by date. Sometimes they are reclaimed and then, probably, replaced. It's that kind of place. And be warned if your mobile phone rings in the bar, the next shout is yours!
Known as The Gully, the pub brewed its own beer and spirits well before XXXX and Bundaberg Rum existed.
When the town was booming there were around 50 people living in 15 houses. Now there is just the pub, two houses, the old general store, the town hall and six residents.
New Year's Eve is the biggest time of the year in Nindigully. People come from far and wide for the amazing fireworks display.
A timber weir at the front of the pub gives a permanent water and fish supply. The old bridge was used by Cobb & Co coaches taking people and horses to the pub for food and water.
Accommodation consists of two double rooms and Paddy's room which is bunk-style. Bathrooms are shared.
There are thousands of hectares of stock route government lands in the vicinity which people can camp on. Camping on the river bank in front of the pub is free and use of toilets and showers is also free if you purchase a stubby of beer.
There is usually fruit and cotton picking available for itinerant travellers.
Six-hour drive west of Brisbane.
Nindigully Pub executive and honeymoon suites are $40 a night. Paddy's Room bunks are $15 a night.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
Carnarvon Highway via Thallon
Nindigully Qld 4497
Ph: (07) 4625 9367
Fax: (07) 4625 9679
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For fruit or cotton picking or other work in the area, contact http://www.jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail