Explore five of the best country pubs in south east Queensland. One of the quintessential Australian experiences. Country pubs are warm and friendly, full of character and will lead to many a winter’s evening spent beside the fireplace indulging in country hospitality. Drop in and get to know the locals.
Not surprisingly, these five country pubs are an integral part of South East Queensland’s history.
The Best 5 Country Pubs in South East Queensland
The Spotted Cow in Toowoomba
Toowoomba’s The Spotted Cow is a fitting start to exploring the best country pubs in south east Queensland.
Famous for its warm and friendly atmosphere, The Spotted Cow has something for everyone. This popular pub is home to over 70 different beers, and its modern menu is loaded with locally sourced produce and meat. Dining at The Spotted Cow is a must!
I’ve been told, “sooner or later, everyone ends up at the Spotted Cow”!
Rudds Pub at Nobby
Step back in time with a visit to the infamous Rudd’s Pub at Nobby in the Darling Downs.
This popular pub is full of character and one of ‘the’ country pubs to visit on your south east Queensland road trip. The pub is named after the famous Aussie author Steele Rudd, who is said to have written his classic ‘Dad & Dave’ stories by the hotel fireplace.
Loaded with floor to ceiling memorabilia, this pub is full of history and a popular place to visit on your way through. Call in for lunch, or overnight and get to know the locals as you pass through this little Queensland town.
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The Bull and Barley Inn at Cambooya
Restored to its former grandeur, The Bull and Barley Inn, in Cambooya, has come to life in this quaint little country town. Established in 1902, the current owners have maintained the impressive colonial details of this grand old pub.
The Bull & Barley Inn is a great place to stop in for a beer. Explore the old photographs and memorabilia as you take a break from travelling. The original cedar chiller box (from the 1930s) is still used to this day.
Steele Rudd of ‘Dad & Dave’ fame lived close by and this old pub is rumoured to have been a popular spot for his writings.
Great country style meals are available famous across the Darling Downs region.
The Farmers Arm Tavern in Cabarlah
Just 20 minutes from Toowoomba, this hotel is famous for being the longest-continually-licensed pub in Queensland. The Farmers Arms Tavern in Cabarlah was opened in 1863.
Settle in for a beer around the huge fireplace, or head into the dining room for one of their favourite pub classics. This pub has it all!
In Summer you’ll find the Farmers’ Arms regularly features a live bands on their lawns and are a popular spot for locals to hang out. This charming Southern Country Queensland pub makes for a great afternoon in the country.
O’Shanley’s Irish Hotel in Clifton
Who would’ve thought you’d find a grand old Irish pub in the midst of south east Queensland. O’Shandley’s Pub has been described as a little piece of Ireland – complete with Irish music, atmosphere, authentic Irish food and plenty of Irish craic.
A rustic bar with a firebox to keep you warm and loads of memorabilia on display throughout the pub. Pub stools with a character of their own, old tilly lamps, hats, stubby coolers – this pub has a memorabilia collection rivaling other country pubs in south east Queensland.
Stop in to this popular pub for a piping hot lunch and a pot of Guinness. Make sure you’re hungry!
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