372. The first pub crawl for 2014….

Can you believe it has been more than 12 months since we did our last pub crawl. As our PUB photo album continues to grow, the photos have not made it onto the blog.

So let’s get started with this latest selection.

The Royal Hotel, Seymour, Victoria.

The Royal Hotel, Seymour, Victoria.

The Royal Hotel, Seymour, Victoria.    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Royal-Hotel-Seymour/65351230152   Way back in the dim dark past I had several drinks at thos hotel when  I was in the Royal AustraliaN Army – Armoured Corps. The strange this was our unit was part of the Prince of Wales Regiment but we never once went the hotel further along the street called, The Prince of Wales. Donnis and I visited this hotel in 2012 when she was working at Henty Hospital and we stayed in WWWGO at Culciarn. On her days off we tried to do day trips to old towns in New South Wales and Victorian side of the Murray River. Of course Seymour is a lot closer to Melbourne than it is to the Murray River but it was part of four day trip.

Mt Kembla Village Hotel, Mt. Kembla New South Wales.

Mt Kembla Village Hotel, Mt. Kembla New South Wales.

The Mt. Kembla Village Hotel has gone from a run down old mining town pub to an elegant must be seen iconic hotel in the Wollongong area.   http://www.mountkemblavillagehotel.com/    Mt. Kembla was the scene of a terrible mining tragedy in 1902 where 96 men and boys, yes boys, lost their lives. Mining continues to a much lesser extent on the escarpment face nearby.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kembla

 

Culcairn Hotel, Culcairn, New South Wales.

Culcairn Hotel, Culcairn, New South Wales.

The Culcairn Hotel was once a hugely popular and busy hotel not far from Albury on the NSW / Vic border. It is strange the hotel was built beside the railway line and Culacairn a major station that the hotel was not called the Railway Hotel or something equally appropriate  Now the hotel is crumbling into ruin and the few patrons who use it cannot keep it alive.  The rooms for which it was once famous are bow closed off and home to dust, spider, mice and other vermin. Incidentally Culcairnj was our base for exploring many of the hotels in the Riverina and Murray River Basin.

Joe's Waterhole Hotel, Eumundi, Queensland.

Joe’s Waterhole Hotel, Eumundi, Queensland.

Joes Waterhole Hotel at Eumundi    http://www.joeswaterhole.com/  has changed since it was first opened sometime prior to 1924. The strange name was given in 1962 when a fellow called Joe Whiting swapped his cane farm for the hotel. Locals called it Joes Waterhole (officially it was still called The Commercial Hotel) and in 1987 officially given the name it is still known by today.

Round Hill Hotel, Round Hill, New South Wales.

Round Hill Hotel, Round Hill, New South Wales.

The Round Hill Hotel (   http://www.roundhillhotel.com.au/   ) at Morven NSW is not far from Culcairn. It still continues as a family hotel, much as it has for decades.

Rutherglen Hotel, Rutherglen, Victoria.

Rutherglen Hotel, Rutherglen, Victoria.

The Rutherglen Hotel at Rutherglen, Vic is often mistaken by visitors for the Victorian Hotel at Rutherglen. Their outward appearance is similar, cast iron lacework adorns both verandahs and both compete for the tourist dollar and have re-invented themselves to attract the travelling public. This was another area we visited while staying at Culcairn.

Shakespeare Hotel, Barcaldine, Queensland.

Shakespeare Hotel, Barcaldine, Queensland.

The Shakespeare Hotel at Barcaldine advertises itself as a family hotel and I must admit to enjoying several meals there when I stayed in the town for a week for the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia Rally in 2007.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakespeare-Hotel-Barcaldine/266532860111529

Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, Victoria.

Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, Victoria.

More correctly this hotel is named Tanswells Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, Vic. Built in 1853 it has re-invented itself as a fine dining establishment.

.   http://www.tanswellshotelbeechworth.com.au/

This is another town we visited while staying at Culcairn

Doodle Cooma Arms Hotel, Henty, NSW.

Doodle Cooma Arms Hotel, Henty, NSW.

The Doodle Cooma Arms Hotel is a strange name for a hotel in Henty NSW> It seems the local swamp was called doodle cooma and the name somehow got affixed to the hotel. Donnis worked at the nearby hospital.

Walbundrie Hotel, Walbundrie, Victoria.

Walbundrie Hotel, Walbundrie, Victoria.

The Walbundrie Hotel at…Walbundrie of course is one of those pubs in small dying towns which is struggling along with the rest of the town to stay alive. This was another town we visited while staying at Culcairn.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walbundrie-Hotel/273087539413260

Courthouse Hotel, Howlong, New South Wales.

Courthouse Hotel, Howlong, New South Wales.

The Courthouse Hotel, at Howlong NSW was built somewhere in the 1850’s. It is now part of a chain of old hotels in the Riverina district converted to a fine dining experience. Another place we visited while based in Culcairn.

http://www.damicositalianrestaurant.com.au/damicos_howlong_italian_restaurant.html

Talmalmo Hotel, Talmalmo, New South Wales.

Talmalmo Hotel, Talmalmo, New South Wales.

TheAs with many pubs these days it is for sale. When we visited this little village the hotel was the centrepiece of only several buildings. The hotel was also closed and had been for some time.  It was once known as the Dora Dora Hotel. It has a view of the Murray River. Another of the places we visited while based at Culcairn.

http://www.gdaypubs.com.au/NSW/talmalmo/51159/former-dora-dora-hotel.html

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