Pubs in NSW
From scenic coastal gems to convict-built classics and gourmet dining destinations, you’ll find every kind of Aussie pub in Regional NSW. Enjoy friendly hospitality and good food, relax in leafy beer gardens, and stay in comfortable accommodation in hundreds of hotels across the State.
Grab a seat in the garden of the 1886-built Scarborough Hotel on the South Coast for incredible ocean views. Farther south is the Tathra Hotel, a heritage-listed weatherboard pub in Tathra. The Great Southern Inn in Eden overlooks the wonderful Two Fold Bay, where whales feed and frolic.
The North Coast is home to world-famous surf breaks and charming pubs like the Clarendon Hotel in Newcastle and the Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks. Enjoy a beer at Australia’s most easterly pub, the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay, or at the 1934 Pacific Hotel in Yamba, which claims to have the best pub view in Australia.
Have a drink with history in Regional NSW. In Berrima is one of Australia’s oldest licensed pubs, The Surveyor General Inn, built by convicts in 1834 from local sandstone. In the tiny riverside village of Jugiong (population 222) the Sir George dates back to 1852 and has been completely reborn as a gourmet destination with luxury accommodation.
In the Outback, The Family Hotel in Tibooburra was built in 1881 and was once part of the Cobb and Co network. Maidens Hotel in Menindee opened in 1853 (though the original building has since burnt down), and ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills visited the hotel on their way north in 1860.
For paddock-to-plate pub dining try the Willow Tree Inn, southwest of Tamworth, Australia’s home of country music. In the New England high country is the Commercial Boutique Hotel, an art deco pub in Tenterfield. Have lunch beside the mighty Murray at the Gol Gol Hotel or on the banks of the Tweed River at the Tumbulgum Tavern.
In the Southern Highlands, the Burrawang Village Hotel has an enchanting beer garden while the historic Robertson Public House has undergone a revamp and the new menu focuses on local producers. Take time out from a wine tour in the Hunter Valley to visit at the Royal Oak Hotel in Cessnock.
Movie-lovers should head to Outback NSW, to the iconic Silverton Hotel, which has featured in an array of films including Razorback, Mad Max II, Mission Impossible II and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! The latter was also shot at the Palace Hotel in Broken Hill where you can even stay in The Priscilla Suite.
Make your way through the beautiful countryside to the legendary Pub With No Beer, 27km inland from Macksville. It’s full of Slim Dusty memorabilia, and don’t worry – the pub does have beer. In fact, there 16 beers on tap and many more available by the bottle.