There can be no doubt about it, the Australian country pub is a legendary national institution. The Aussie public house, or at least the Australian drinking tradition, has been around almost since the initial period of British colonisation in 1788. There is nothing that Australians love more than to sit down with a cold beer in the height of summer; a due reward for a hard day’s yakka.
The pub has always been firmly at the centre of social and cultural life in country towns the length and breadth of the nation. These remote watering holes have always, from their inception, been abuzz with the talk of the town and have been vibrant centres of debate upon all manner of topics, whether cultural, political and economic.
The Centre of Country Community Life
Country pubs are well and truly the heart and soul of the communities that they service. For travellers who are passing through the most far flung of Australian country destinations, the first stop on your journey should always be the local pub.
An Aussie country pub will help punters get a lay of the land, and they will find, more often than not, a friendly, welcoming atmosphere to greet them when they arrive. With their natural, homespun charm, Australian country pubs offer a sense of community and friendliness that can no longer be found in the impersonal metropolises that the State capital cities have become as we continue into the 21st century.
A Unique, Storied History
While the Australian country pub was originally something of an heir to the pubs common to Britain and Ireland in the 18th and 19th century, it soon developed a look and feel all of its own, one that was uniquely reflective of the particular burgeoning Australian national character. Early pubs were often the very first building that was constructed in a newly established area.
Country towns would often spring up around these centres of settlement. Country pubs took such pride of place in their towns because of the unique functions that they served in the early days; pubs were often not only places to grab a pint but also depots for the collection of mail, hotels, restaurants and goods stores.
The gold rush, which began in the mid-19th century, only added to the popularity and legend of the Aussie country pub. People came from far and wide to try their luck at making a fortune. The pioneer spirit of these prospectors was reflected in the country pubs of the time, which acted as meeting places for all manner of colourful characters.
The legendary Aussie country pub continues to overflow with character, and brim with heritage and history. You will most often find the Aussie country pub taking pride of place within whatever town you happen to pass through on your travels. So next time you find yourself out on the wide open planes or verdant forests of our great nation, head for the inviting verandas and glorious architecture of a legendary Australian country pub.
“Pub with no Beer” is a quintessentially Australian song about the great Aussie country pub