The Good Old Mountain View

Mountain View Hotel, Little Mulgrave, Qld The Gillies Range road spirals steeply down the mountainside from the Atherton Tableland one hairpin bend after another. At the bottom we have to hit the brakes and turn sharply into the Mountain View Hotel on the Little Mulgrave River. It is so easy to fly past this place. The charming old Queensland pub has a view out over the cane fields towards the mountains. But the hidden treat is the deck out back that overhangs the rushing mountain stream. Above the bar there is a sign for FNQ Lager…”So good you have to … Continue reading The Good Old Mountain View

Lawson Park Hotel

Winter 2017 In Mudgee, NSW and hankering for a steak we walk this charming town and find the Red Heifer Grill at the Lawson Park Hotel where the specialty is steak of course. It is a freezing cold winter’s night, we’re talking scarves and woollens now, and there’s a roaring fire in the bar. Out the back are some of the largest steaks that you’d ever find and the house red is a smooth local drop called ‘Black’ Shiraz. Steaks sizzle on the grill, ours almost melt in our mouths and the shiraz? We buy a dozen the next day. Continue reading Lawson Park Hotel

Wonder Woman

The Tarwin Lower pub in Victoria overlooks the muddy reed banks of the Tarwin River. Between the bar and the lounge there is a fabulous triple fireplace. The three brick chimneys entwine and twist toward the ceiling. Two old codgers sit silently at the bar. On the dot of noon a breezy young barmaid flies through the front door and they both burst into animated conversation. It’s amazing what a woman can do. Continue reading Wonder Woman