There’s nothing more Aussie then enjoying a good meal and a cold beer at the pub, so Queensland Tourism have let us in on their list of pubs you have to visit before you die. Find out which Brisbane venues made the cut.
Queensland has all the natural beauty you could ask for but on top of that, there are a few man-made beauties that can’t be missed either. We call them pubs.
Here are the best of the best Queensland pubs, but don’t be scared to add to the list because we’re sure we missed a few!
19 Laguna St, Boreen Point
This pub on the Sunshine Coast was built in the middle of a gold rush and somehow manages to transport you back there, but instead of getting gold you get a spit roast every Sunday. Fair trade.
23 Macrossan St, Burdekin Falls Dam Rd, Ravenswood
The gold rush brought with it lots of money and when you visit Ravenswood you’ll see this pub is where most of it was spent. Yeah, it’s pretty nice.
Blue Heeler Hotel
Hulbert St, Kynuna
In Kynuna the brolgas literally walk right into the bar and say “g’day”. Thats a pretty good start for a true Aussie pub.
10 Tooth St, Nobby
Memorabilia adorns the walls here and for good reason – this is the pub where Dad and Dave (Aussie folklore icons from way back) came to life on the pages of On Our Selection, thanks to Steele Rudd and a few pints.
Rainbow Beach Hotel
1 Rainbow Beach Rd, Rainbow Beach
This pub is one of the last places to serve beer from a wooden cask and it happens to be on the doorstep of the beaches and dingoes of Fraser Island.
The Farmers Arms Tavern
New England Highway, Cabarlah
This watering hole in Cabarlah has the accolade of the longest licensed pub in Queensland and offers up a mixed grill, which includes a T-bone steak, pork chop, thick English sausage, bacon, chips, fried egg, grilled tomato, gravy and veggies. Maybe the pub has been licensed so long because people haven’t finished eating yet? Epic.
The Nindigully Pub
Sternes St, Nindigully
The Nindigully’s ‘Road Hog’ burger weighs 14 kilograms and feeds up to 15 people. If thats too big and you want one to yourself, just get the smaller ‘Road Train’ – it’s only five kilograms.
The Regatta Hotel
543 Coronation Drive, Toowong
The grand old Regatta is Heritage listed and a great part of Brisbane’s history. It’s over 140 years old so you can rest assured the beer is good and so is the food. If you feel like getting hip, there is a whisky bar in the basement named The Walrus Club. Get an Old Fashioned and forget your worries.
18-20 Wharf St, Port Douglas
Port Douglas is in no shortage of places to relax but the Court House takes all the reasons you go to Tropical North Queensland and puts them in one place. Beer, sunsets and great live music. Woo hoo!
The Spotted Cow
296 Ruthven St, Toowoomba
This Toowoomba pub has over 70 beers available but you won’t even notice because the mussels come in one-kilogram pots and are some of the world’s best. Dig in.
Great Western Hotel
Cnr Stanley and Denison Streets, Rockhampton
Welcome to Rocky where there’s an indoor rodeo arena in the pub and the place is filled with cowboys. Not fake ones, either. These guys have belt buckles bigger than your head.
The Birdsville Hotel
Adelaide St, Birdsville
If you’re going to the Birdsville Races then this pub needs no introduction. The Birdsville Pub feels like it found you and not the other way around. You’re meant to be here, as long as you can hold a pint and a bit of a tune. Liquids are hard to come by in the outback so drink up and be merry.
The London Club
38 Vernon Tce, Newstead
The London Club in Teneriffe is like walking into a gentlemen’s club but instead of just old-man scotch and smoking pipes you get a drinks menu longer than a hipster’s moustache and a chess board. Fancy.
Lion’s Den Hotel
Shiptons Flat Rd, Rossville
The Lion’s Den has preserved snakes and spiders in glass jars and it’s in the middle of nowhere on the Bloomfield Track. Don’t worry, it has lots of beer and friendly staff. Just watch what glass you pick up. You wouldn’t want to drink a snake.
The Crown Hotel
1 McKenzie St, Dayboro
Just 45 minutes outside of Brisbane in Dayboro is a pub that even makes the hardest of bikies soften up for shandy.
Which Aussie pubs would you like to add to the Queensland Tourism list?