"A original slice of Australia" Nindigully by thedouglas

Nindigully Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 10 photos

The Nin Hotel

Nindigully Pub in the Western Downs is Queensland's oldest hotel, with a licence issued in 1864 after it had been shearers accommodation for Nindigully Station. It is still in its original condition and position, right on the banks of the Moonie River, one of the heads of the Darling River system.

Known as The Gully, the pub brewed its own beer and spirits well before XXXX and Bundaberg Rum existed.

When the town was booming there were around 50 people living in 15 houses. Now there is just the pub, two houses, the old general store, the town hall and six residents.

New Year's Eve is the biggest time of the year in Nindigully. People come from far and wide for the amazing fireworks display.
A timber weir at the front of the pub gives a permanent water and fish supply. The old bridge was used by Cobb & Co coaches taking people and horses to the pub for food and water.

Accommodation consists of two double rooms and Paddy's room which is bunk-style. Bathrooms are shared.

There are thousands of hectares of stock route government lands in the vicinity which people can camp on. Camping on the river bank in front of the pub is free and use of toilets and showers is also free if you purchase a stubby of beer.

The pub is also famous for the Nindigully B&S (Batchelor and Spinster) ball. A night of drinking, drinking, music and romance and normally in that order

if the walls could talk.....

You might get a few tales of fish that where "this big"

The walls are covered with more than 140 Akubra hats, worn by locals until well past their use-by date. Sometimes they are reclaimed and then, probably, replaced. It's that kind of place.

This is combined with the property names that are marked in the wool bale stencil, that is used to mark the ownership of bales of wool.

Just a good spot to sit and watch the locals chat amongst themselves - slow Aussie country drawl and dry wit of it all! The general mateship of an Aussie bush community.

The Paperback Hero.... Hugh Jackman

The film Paperback Hero starring Hugh Jackman was shot here a few years ago. Yet another really good Australian film that never seemed to leave our shores.

The plot.....a road train driver who in his spare time writes romance novels under a female name....good fun if you ever sight it, and has a go at the Aussie male stereotype.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cold beer, good fishing yarns, a real Australian bush pub
  • Cons:Taxi from brisbane is about 8 hours
  • In a nutshell:Another important part of the history of our country
  • Last visit to Nindigully: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 26, 2006
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  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    One of our friends loves Nindigully and has visited often. I just had to rate your tip in his honour. Do I recall there was talk of selling it? Marg

  • adelaidean's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    I saw Paper back hero....and I think this pub would be a great place to sit and chill for a while!! Wanna come?

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2006 at 6:30 PM

    Never heard of the place or the movie! Thanks for sharing. (and thanks for all the visits)

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2006 at 12:23 AM

    lovely page

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2006 at 3:40 AM

    Don't you love these places? Great names, great people, character in spades. Love it.!leyle

  • Tattugran's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2006 at 3:35 PM

    hey I saw PAPER BACK HERO....but then I am aussie

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2006 at 1:53 AM

    Ripper! Your Nindigully page (and also those on Hebel and Lightning Ridge) fill important gaps in VT's Australian coverage. Makes me realise it's time I went through that way again.

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