And we reckon there’s a pretty obvious reason for that – people love their pint with a side of history and a nice level of honest froth on top.
In a similar vein, we’ve done a bit of digging to find some of the best country pubs around our fair state, one that is admittedly pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to outback watering holes.
Here’s 20 of the best, and as always if we’ve missed a spot, we’d love to hear from you.
Grand Hotel, Kookynie
This North East Goldfields pub likes to call itself the “shortcut to everywhere”, providing accommodation and camping, food, fuel and icy cold beer in the gold rush town of Kookynie. It’s also become pretty famous for the horses that don’t mind popping in for a visit, and the ghosts the haunt the town.
Photo by Tourism WA
34 Britannia St, Kookynie
Billabong Homestead Hotel & Motel, Meadow
Located between Geraldton and Carnarvon along the North West Coast Hwy, The Billabong is pretty much the perfect pit stop spot on your Coral Coast adventure. The well-priced rooms are great an overnight stay, and the tavern/restaurant combo will fill you up after a long day on the road.
Lot 3 N W Coastal Hwy, Meadow
York Castle Hotel, York
WA’s oldest existing inland hotel has been operating since 1853, and now has all you can need for a quick little getaway just 100kms out of Perth. Their beer garden is a ripper, and if you do stay the night they’ve even got a pool onsite.
95-97 Avon Terrace, York
Cuballing Tavern, Cuballing
Buit in 1891 the Cuballing has gone through a few different iterations over the decades, with quaint rooms and quality service a feature over the journey. The current owners have made hospitality and friendly service paramount, and are guaranteed to make you feel welcome however long you plan on staying.
8 Alton St, Cuballing
John Forrest Tavern, Glen Forrest
Located in the heart of Australia’s first national park, John Forrest National Park, it’s the perfect place to stop in after hard day’s hiking, spotting native birds and local kangaroos that frequent the area. It’s conveniently located at the start – and end – of a few trails, so you’ll have definitely earned a beverage or two!
Photo by Gian De Poloni via ABC News
Park Rd, Glen Forrest
Palace Hotel, Kalgoorlie
Steeped in even more history than most, the Palace Hotel has been around since 1897 and counts US President Herbert Hoover as a fan after frequenting the joint in his early 20s, apparently falling in love with a barmaid at the hotel before “leaving to marry his college sweetheart and continue his mining career in China.”
137 Hannan St, Kalgoorlie
Exchange Tavern, Pingelly
Step back in time at Pingelly’s Exchange Tavern, who have maintained the retro décor of the place to go with the homely staff and welcoming vibe. At 160km from Perth, it makes for a pretty great little weekend getaway, with the Pingelly Observatory and Mourambine Heritage Trails being must-dos.
1 Pasture St, Pingelly
Endeavour Tavern, Lancelin
Packing arguably the best beer garden views in WA, the Endeavour Tarvern backs right up onto Lancelin beach where you can watch the boats – and dolphins – float by all afternoon. Be careful because time slows down while you chill on the grass out the back of the Endeavour!
58 Gingin Rd, Lancelin
Deanmill Workers Club, Deanmill
Located in the timber town of Deanmill just west of Manjimup, the Workers Club is just what it says on the tin – an honest pub full of honest folk. Club 52 slings equally honest pub fare, and they even run a courtesy bus to help get you to and from the venue on Saturday nights.
631 Ipsen St, Deanmill
Parkerville Tavern, Parkerville
Established in 1902 and nestled near a bunch of walking and cycling trails, The “Parky” rocks a killer outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, live music and great playground to keep the kids busy. If the playground doesn’t tire them out, the on-site wildlife (emu, ducks, chickens) certainly will.
6 Owen Rd, Parkerville
Jarrahdale Tavern, Jarrahdale
Once the Murray Arms, the Jarrahdale Tavern is still the hub of Jarrahdale and has some spectacular views overlooking lush Jarrah Forest. With two huge verandahs and an equally large beer garden to enjoy, it’s great for a quick trip out of the city to get some fresh, country-infused air.
640 Jarrahdale Rd, Jarrahdale
Lake Clifton Tavern, Lake Clifton
And speaking of big beer gardens, the Lake Clifton Tavern south of Mandurah has one of the biggest, backing up on some expansive farm lands making for some pretty awesome sunset views. Just down the road from the Lake Clifton’s famed thrombolites, the Tavern is unfortunately closed until September, but once it’s back up-and-running make sure you pop in for a pint and some pool.
3236 Old Coast Rd, Lake Clifton
Southerlys Tavern, Port Denison
If it is sunset views you’re chasing, Southerlys Tavern overlooking the Port Dension marina is hard to go past. The family-run business is warm and welcoming, and it’s hard to go past their super fresh – and bloody huge – Dongara crayfish for mains.
60 Point Leander Dr, Port Denison
Shamrock Hotel & Exchange Hotel, Greenbushes
We couldn’t split these two great pubs in Greenbushes, an historic timber and mining town in the Blackwood River Valley between Balingup and Bridgetown. There’s plenty of history to dive into around the township, before pulling in at either venue for a hearty pub feed and chat with the friendly locals.
Shamrock Hotel – 61 Blackwood Rd, Greenbushes
Exchange Hotel – 22 Blackwood Rd, Greenbushes
Jennacubine Tavern, Jennacubine
Head about an hour-and-forty-minutes northeast of Perth and you’ll find the Jennacubbine Tavern, constructed in 1902. They’ve got onsite units if you imbibe in one too many pints, and are probably best known for slinging some of the best steaks this side of the border.
24 Collins St, Jennacubbine
Bridgetown Hotel, Bridgetown
An iconic 1920s Federation style country hotel, The Bridgetown Hotel has ample opportunities to take in some beautiful Blackwood River scenery thanks to an outdoor deck and beer garden. Given its location in one of WA’s most beloved country towns, things can quite busy on the weekends but it’s all part of the experience!
157 Hampton St, Bridgetown
Bull & Bush Tavern, Boyanup
If you’re headed south make sure you stop in at the Bull & Bush Tavern, 15 minutes out of Bunbury and part of its bubbling Ferguson Valley wine region. It’s a great place for the kids with an epic, enclosed Nature Park, all part of its historic building right on the Preston River. They’ve even got a charter service that’ll get you there and back.
104 Bridge St, Boyanup
Bootenal Family Tavern, Geraldton
Located just out of town on the railway line between Geraldton and Walkaway, the “Booty” has always done things a little differently, starting out as a community hall in the late 1800s. It’s now recognised as one of the northwest region’s premier places for standup comedy, along with just being one of the friendliest – and family friendly – places going around.
Crn Edwards and Bootenal Rd, Bootenal
Dampier Mermaid Hotel, Dampier
As un-pretentious as they come, the Dampier Mermaid Hotel’s huge food hall overlooking the Hampton Harbour is a great place to stop in. The menu is huge and every night packs a decent special, and their tap beers are as icy cold as you’d hope in the warm northwest.
5 Nielsen Pl, Dampier
Dardanup Tavern, Dardanup
20 minutes out of Bunbury you might wanna make a stop in at the “Dardy”, the perfect country pub with a big beer garden and play area for the tiny ones. Make sure you save some space before eating there – the portions are as a real as the warmth you’ll receive from the staff.
9 Charlotte St, Dardanup
Cover photo of the Grand Hotel in Kookynie via Tourism WA