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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Daly Waters Hotel, Northern Territory

The Daly Waters Hotel is a famous outback pub. It was a popular watering hole for pilots during WW2 who used the nearby airstrip and a welcome stopover for hot and weary travellers.

In the early days, drovers stopped over for a well earned rest and to spend an enjoyable night with the boys around the bar before continuing on their way, often driving their cattle hundreds of miles in the hot, relentless sun.

Built in 1893 it's one of the oldest buildings left in the Northern Territory. The pub today is a tourist attraction with entertainment and a steak and barramundi barbecue every night.

Dennis had the Barra and I had the steak. We had a first time experience, when we opened the butter pattie to put on the bread, it had turned to liquid, and it was 7.30pm.

Tourists from all over the world have left a little part of themselves behind in the pub - photos, underwear, caps, shoes, t-shirts, flags etc - all on display. The sign under the traffic lights reads 'Australia's most remote traffic lights.