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Theebine Hotel, Theebine QLD

WP_20141229_09_58_46_SmartSometimes there comes a time in life where you get that niggling reminder that you should stop making excuses, and start actually doing some of the things that you’ve thought about doing, or even doing again. This Christmas period, I decided to pack the car and do a bit of a busman’s holiday back down around the south east QLD corner, and in doing so, made a note to try and revisit some of the great pubs that are in that region.

The Theebine Hotel is situated well off the Bruce highway, around about 20 minutes north of Gympie, and inland next to the railway. I hadn’t visited for many years and its location was highly convenient to break for the night on my intended travels, so I did just that.

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State Hotel (Babinda, QLD)

The stately, State Hotel, Babinda.

The stately, State Hotel, Babinda.

The town of Babinda is one of those places that is easily missed when flitting through between Townsville and Cairns, or vice versa. It once was home to a substantial sugar mill which was immediately adjacent to the highway, with the main township itself tucked away between the highway and the hills on the western side.

These days the sugar mill is no longer, however the town soldiers on, still getting by on the back of the cane industry.

The actual town of Babinda is easily missed due to its off-highway location, and for all the years Ive been touring Australian roads, I am somewhat embarrassed that I hadn’t realised sooner that there would be far more to the town than the one or two small stores visible near the railway line and by the highway.

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Station Hotel (Ingham, QLD)

Requiring to pass through Ingham on the way north, with the combination of not having a rigid schedule to maintain, and a desire to pause briefly for something to eat all led to the fortuitous last minute decision to visit the Station Hotel.

Having seen this pub from the outside numerous times, and with the statement “We must have a beer in that pub one day” on far too many occasions, I decided to seize the moment, and I am very grateful I did. So grateful in fact that after a long time between posts, I was inspired enough to throw a few lines together to share what I found.

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Hotel Isa / The Club (Mt Isa, QLD)

Combo Review (we were short of time)

A four hour stop over in Mt Isa provided a splendid opportunity to explore a couple of pubs that opened early enough for us to sample their wares, on a public holiday morning.

The two establishments clearly resided at opposite ends of the opulence scale, with one venue being a rather sterile, gaming room focused, recently restored, entertainment precinct style development, while the other had all the appearance of the local blood house. The former is the Isa Hotel but we entered it through the Red Earth hotel next door, which turned out to be essentially the same place, joined together by a outdoor deck. The Red Earth looked very classy, and some photos were displayed in a reception area showing a bit of it’s history, from its days as a fairly classical looking Queensland pub, previously known as the Boyd hotel. For the purposes of this review, we’ll stick to the Isa Hotel as this is where we spent most of our time.

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Great Northern Hotel (Townsville, QLD)

Last Tuesday night, I found myself in Townsville, with an overnight stay on the agenda. Clearly, Townsville is no hub of excitement at the best of times (like…say, Cairns) especially on a Tuesday night, so the only credible activity that came to mind, the while away the hours before my  escape  flight home was to visit a local hotel. So after consulting with a local, it was agreed to meet at the rather historic Great Northern Hotel, drink beer, and find a means to achieve world peace (well okay, in our case, it was how to reform the rail industry – but I think I’d rather tackle world peace as a less challenging goal)

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The Burketown Pub (Burketown, QLD)

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe Burketown Pub has the claim to fame of being the best pub in Burketown.  no joke, it really is.  Actually this is a good pub, with a great story to tell.  Check out their website for some of the “tall tales” which encompasses some of this pubs colourful history.

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The Purple Pub (Normanton, QLD)

purple pub normantonThis was a super quick visit to the famous Purple Pub with Nicky Jurd and my good self.  Leaving Cairns around midday, we flew to Normanton and grabbed a hire car.  I love these outback towns – the lovely lady from Dougs Car Hire dropped off the car to the airport, handed me the keys with a smile and that was it.  No forms, inspections, safety briefings or anything.  You want a car – here it is, have a nice day.

Now – we had to drive to Karumba (for work people!) so we had to hoof it.  But I couldn’t resist stopping at the famous pub that I had heard so much about!

The beer was super-cheap.  I had a schooner and my friend had a dark&stormy… all up this round was less than $5!   I had to go back and check that I was charged correctly, but the lovely lady insisted that it was all covered.

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The Sunset Tavern (Karumba, QLD)

Some dumb-arse tourist that stood in front of me

What a bloody great pub.  I start this very post on the front lawn, but had to stop with the sheer beauty of the view, the wit of the company and the sheer tenacity of the beer itself.

This gem of a pub is not actually in Karumba itself, but in Karumba point as it is known locally.  It is a tops-as establishment and I would have to say that is has surprised the socks off me.

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Hambledon vs Grafton Hotels (Edmonton, QLD)

Head to Head Shoot Out!

Which Would you Choose? – Read On!

These two pubs are perched on either side of the Bruce Highway / Mill Road Intersection. A busy intersection it is too, and in times past, not only were they separated by the Mill Rd, but also by a Railway Branch Line, and Cane Railway, that once ran down the side of the Grafton. So getting from one pub to the other, especially after imbibing the offerings of any of the establishments, was always going to be a hazardous exercise. Shrugging aside the risks, Andrew and I were determined to do this head to head review for our reader.

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Alpine Retreat Hotel (Warburton, Vic)

On a recent trip to Victoria, this was the last non urban pubs visited. We had intended to stop and drink at, and review far more than we did, but for some reason, many of the pubs were not open. Visiting Hotels early in the week in some of the smaller and quieter locations around the state had possibility of discovering later than usual opening hours, in some cases not until 4.30 pm. Because I can’t review them here, the photographs on their impressive external edifices have been posted into the Facebook Classic Pub Group .   So having got that off my chest, let’s look at the Alpine retreat.

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