Riddle us this: Name a pub in Southern Queensland Country that serves a population of nine, has a connection to Australian Hollywood royalty and is Queensland’s oldest continually licensed pub?
Known as “The Gully”, the Nindigully Pub’s historical connection stretches back to the mid-1860s.
It’s not just us who rave about the Nindigully either, even Hugh Jackman is a friend of the pub.
If you haven’t been to this iconic Southern Queensland Country watering hole, we’ve got you covered with this guide.
Where is it
Located at the T-intersection where the Carnarvon Highway (north to south) meets the Barwon Highway (east), the Nindigully Pub makes the perfect pitstop for travellers looking to break up the bitumen miles.
With Goondiwindi 157 kilometres to the east, St George 46 kilometres to the north, and Thallon 33 kilometres to the south, the pub offers a quiet escape close to some of Southern Queensland Country’s larger towns.
The pub’s history
With the title “Queensland’s Oldest Pub” you know you’re up for a historical time.
This pub was transformed from shearer’s accommodation to a place for locals and travellers to meet after the pub was licensed in 1864.
The pub also played a key role during the Cobb and Co era, where it was used as a staging post – no doubt where weary travellers quenched their thirst.
Stop by the Hat Room, where Akubra hats line the walls and photo memorabilia highlights the importance of this pub to the local region.
There’s more to learn than its connection to the region’s pioneering history too.
Ask around to hear about when the pub’s name was changed to Lucktown Hotel and Australian Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan roamed the pub’s hallways.
Playing a key role in the 1999 Australian film Paperback Hero, Hugh Jackman recently filmed a short piece to camera to the locals of Nindigully, to share his memories of his time spent in this small town.
Where to sleep
Throw down your swag on the verandah, check into a pub room, or setup camp on the banks of the Moonie River – you won’t have to stumble far to find a place to spend the night.
Whether your accommodation comes on wheels or you prefer to secure the pegs into the ground, the camping area in front of the pub makes for the perfect place to call home for a few nights, with access to free public toilets and showers.
If you prefer to travel light, check into one of the 12 renovated pub rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
For a true sleep-under-the-stars experience, the Nindigully Pub even welcomes swags on the verandahs.
Keep in mind the summer nights rarely drop below 20 degrees, while winter nights dip below 10 degrees, so make sure your swag is suited to the elements.
What to eat
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While you can expect to find pub classics like chicken parma, steak sanga, or beef burger on the menu, you’ll want to book in advance to try the Nindingully Pub’s speciality – the Road Train burger.
Think 1.2-kilogram burger patty, served with a supersized side of fries and onion rings. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got some company to share the experience as the burger can feed up to four people.
For all the meat-lovers, the pub also serves a one-kilogram T-bone steak that’s sure to keep any carnivore happy.
Where to play
Given its location on the banks of the Moonie River, Nindigully Pub offers visitors a taste of the slow life, from taking a stroll along the river bank or throwing in the fishing line and relaxing with a cold brew while you wait for the fish to bite.
Take a stroll along The Gully Walk, and learn about the local history and wildlife through the interpretive signs.
While the tranquil surroundings offer the chance to unwind, the town sure know how to throw a party too.
Mark your calendar for the pub’s annual Nindigully Pig Races for a weekend of live music, races, auctions and raffles to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Raising over $45,000 in 2019, this event shows the true spirit of the country community.
Given its close proximity to Thallon, St George and Goondiwindi, The Nindigully Pub makes for the perfect basecamp to explore the surrounding towns – from seeing 30-metre-high painted silos, to the most western winery or botanic gardens.