Railway Hotel, Dunolly

Spring 2016 The Railway Hotel, yes another one, in the main street of Dunolly is thankfully back in business after having been closed for a year or so. They’re advertising $1 pots until the first goal is kicked in tomorrow’s AFL Grand Final. That should bring the locals in. Back at our friend’s farm we draw the blinds and watch the Western Bulldogs beat the Sydney Swans for their second only Premiership. The first goal isn’t kicked until 12 minutes into the First Quarter and that’s a long while in fast paced Aussie Rules. I wonder how the new publican … Continue reading Railway Hotel, Dunolly

The Wally Pub

Spring 2013 As we enter the mountain encircled hamlet of Walhalla there is a Nova caravan invitingly parked on the lawn amongst the white English daises looking just like an advertisement for caravanning. We have lunch at the Wally Pub sitting on the veranda in the sunshine. There is a flowering plum tree beside us and the pink petals are floating on the warm breeze and drifting through the pub door like confetti. The bees are buzzing and black butterflies are alighting on the blossom. The boys choose a mountainous mixed grill and we girls have an almost as big … Continue reading The Wally Pub

Thoona Pub

Thoona according to the publican is the town that is in the middle of nowhere but close to everywhere and indeed it is, as it is about 30kms from either Benalla or Wangaratta in Victoria. The Thoona pub commands a view of the town of 70 or so people, a general store that opens most mornings and the imposing Mt Meg across the paddocks. Prunus trees are pink with spring blossom, canola fields are golden and a genial publican keeps the fire burning in the bar. The old girl was rebuilt after a fire in 1894 and has suffered a … Continue reading Thoona Pub

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