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Iconic Aussie Pubs You Cannot Afford To Miss

From outback watering holes to rocking celebrity dens.

The Ettamogah Pub, NSW
The Ettamogah Pub, NSW
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When Australian cartoonist Ken Maynard scratched out his first doodles of the Ettamogah Pub in the late ’50s – an oddly top-heavy construction full of chain-smoking dogs and rural ruffians with a flat-bed truck parked precariously on the roof – he could not have imagined that half a century later four such pubs would exist in the real world.

A brick and mortar tribute to his comic strip that ran in the weekly Australasian Post from 1958 until its final issue in 2002, the first Ettamogah Pub opened in 1987 in Albury, NSW, where Maynard was born.

This award-winning family-friendly hotel has since been renovated to add a sports bar, cocktail lounge and other distractions such as a jumping castle and rock-climbing wall for the kids.

The original red-roofed timber building with its unique slanted walls true to Maynard’s cartoon vision has been preserved as a permanent tourist attraction. 



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