Pubs in NSW
Enjoy the diversity of pubs in NSW, from colonial classics and coastal jewels to country delights and outback gems. You’ll find art deco grandeur and lovely beer gardens, too. And importantly, enjoy the good food, charming hospitality and comfortable accommodation available in hundreds of hotels.
For great ocean views on the South Coast, the 1886-built Scarborough Hotel is about 85 minutes by train from Sydney. Farther south is the Tathra Hotel, a heritage-listed weatherboard pub in Tathra. The Great Southern Inn in Eden overlooks splendid Two Fold Bay, where whales feed and frolic.
The North Coast is home to world-famous surf breaks and many delightful pubs, such as the Clarendon Hotel in Newcastle. The art deco bar in the Clarendon is a sleek design. You’ll find riverside and beachside pubs dotted along the beautiful stretch of coastline, including:
- Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks
- Ulmarra Hotel in Grafton
- Yamba in
- Lennox Hotel in Lennox Head
- Beach Hotel in Byron Bay
The breathtaking landscapes of Country NSW invite a holiday adventure, from the mighty Murray River to UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest to Australia’s first dark sky national park. There are plenty of classic country pubs. The Culcairn Hotel, built in 1891 is in tree-lined Culcairn, near Albury.
In the Southern Highlands is the Burrawang Village Hotel, which has an enchanting beer garden with marvellous views of the countryside. A short scenic drive away is Berrima and one of Australia’s oldest licensed pubs, The Surveyor General Inn, built by convicts in 1834 from local sandstone.
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, known as the birthplace of Australia after Sir Henry Parkes’ famous 1889 speech.
The Snowy Mountains is home to some of Australia’s highest hotels. In striking Outback NSW are iconic heritage pubs. The Palace Hotel in Broken Hill featured in the hit movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The Silverton Hotel in Silverton is near where Mad Max 2 was filmed.