October 2022

Iconic pubs in tiny communities

That moment when you drive into town and realise the pub is the town! With limited locals to draw on, pubs in small communities have to offer something special to survive and thrive. These are the ones that punch well above their weight to attract visitors from far and wide. Drop in and feel the love.

Feeling fancy? You can take a helicopter flight to the Mulgowie Hotel, Mulgowie (population 175) to enjoy their house-made pub food or watch the twice-yearly bull ride.

It’s pink, offers top barista coffee, has a cocktail and wine list, and serves local MSA beef with organic lettuce! There’s so much to like about the Dulacca Hotel, Dulacca (population 191).

The Bun Pub in Kaimkillenbun (population 293) has ever-changing craft beers, great coffee, feedlot to fork beef, a children’s playground and plenty of history.

Is it the classic pub exterior, the home-cooked meals or the monthly pig on a spit that makes Maryvale Crown Hotel, Maryvale (population 303) so popular?

The Royal Hotel at Leyburn (population 476) has been lining them up for 150 years. Whether you are a petrol head, family-focussed or hooked on heritage, this pub is a favourite.

It’s cuteness overload at Meringandan Hotel, Meringandan (population 487) with big and small animals to see in the paddock, along with some of the largest meals on a plate in the Downs.

Step right back to 1893 with Dave’s Terrific T-Bone at Rudd’s Pub, Nobby (population 563). Steele Rudd and Sister Kenny are just some of the memories to explore.

*Note: population figures from the 2016 census.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.