Pubs in NSW

You’ll find every kind of Aussie pub imaginable in Regional NSW – from scenic coastal gems to convict-built classics and gourmet dining destinations. Enjoy friendly hospitality and good food, relax in leafy beer gardens, and stay in comfortable accommodation in hundreds of characterful hotels across the state.

Tathra Hotel

Coastal pubs

Grab a seat in the garden of the 1886-built Scarborough Hotel or stunning Headlands Hotel in Austinmer on the South Coast for incredible ocean views. Much farther south is the Tathra Hotel, a charming heritage-listed weatherboard pub in Tathra. Settle in for a few cold ones at the Great Southern Inn in Eden overlooking Two Fold Bay, where whales feed and frolic.

Pacific Hotel in Yamba, Clarence Valley, North Coast

The North Coast is home to some world-famous surf breaks and charming pubs such as the striking 1940s Beach Hotel overlooking Newcastle‘s Mereweather Beach 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, one of the most iconic oceanfront hotels in Australia.

Historic pubs

There are pubs dotted around NSW that have a long, colourful history of offering respite to weary travellers. The Surveyor General Inn, in Berrima, is one of Australia’s oldest licensed pubs, built by convicts in 1834 from local sandstone. The Sir George in the tiny, riverside village of Jugiong dates back to 1852 and has been transformed into a great gastro pub with rooms.

Sir George outdoor eating area in Jugiong, Wagga Wagga & Riverina

Outback NSW is where you’ll find The Family Hotel in Tibooburra, built in 1881 and once part of the Cobb and Co. network. The original Maidens Hotel in Menindee opened in 1853 and was visited by ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills on their way north in 1860. Although much of the pub was gutted by fire in 1999, the heritage façade and original accommodation remains.

Men enjoying hot beverages at the Commercial Boutique Hotel in Tenterfield.

Country pubs

For paddock-to-plate dining, try the Willow Tree Innsouthwest of Tamworth, Australia’s home of country music. In the New England high country is the Commercial Boutique Hotel, an art deco beauty rebuilt in the 1940s in the historic town of Tenterfield. Have lunch beside the mighty Murray at the Gol Gol Hotel or on the banks of the Tweed River at the Tumbulgum Tavern.

Man enjoying horse riding in front of Robertson Public House and Kitchen in Robertson, Southern Highlands, Country NSW

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 the Royal Oak Hotel in Cessnock.

Famous pubs

Movie-lovers should head to Outback NSW, to the iconic Silverton Hotel, which has featured in a range of films including The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Razorback, Mad Max II, and Mission Impossible II. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was also shot at the Palace Hotel in Broken Hill where you can catch a drag show and spend the night in The Priscilla Suite.

Couple enjoying a beer at Silverton Hotel, Silverton in Broken Hill Area, Outback NSW

Make your way through the beautiful countryside to the legendary Pub With No Beer, around 30km inland from Macksville. And don’t worry, the pub – which is full of Slim Dusty memorabilia – does have beer, 16 on tap and many more by the bottle. The Dromedary Hotel in Central Tilba is said to be built from wood recycled from the ships that docked in Bermagui.