We had already visited the westernmost pub in Denham, and now that we had been to the Tip of Australia, it was time to find the northernmost pub. That pub is the Bamaga Tavern.
We lingered town around until midday, not only because we’re trying to avoid drinking before midday, but also because that is when the pub opens. There were already a few guys in the large hall drinking XXXX Gold and having a look around the place. We reckon they were travellers too, and were just as eager to visit the northernmost pub as we were. In the drinking hall was a pool table and dart boards with blackboards that had the chalk scribbles of recent games, as well as a jukebox.
It took about 10 minutes before we were finally served– the drive-thru was busy now that they were open. We found that they don’t sell any bottled beverages or wine, so we settled with beer and took our tinnies out into the beer garden, which was decorated with gazebos, coconut palms and a grazing horse.
We ordered some lunch as well – Juz went with the standard chicken parma ($18) while Dave got a plain chicken schnitzel ($15). Both of the schnitzels were cooked until the crumbing was dark and tough, but despite being overcooked, the actual chicken meat was nice and juicy. Juz’s parma was topped with delicious, thick ham, a slightly acidic and immature tomato sauce, and melted cheese. The salad was nice and fresh with a sprinkle of sliced kalamata olives, and the chips were big and crisp.
Our experience at the Bamaga Tavern was interesting. The canteen-style service was a little odd, especially with the only drinks available being in cans – no bottled beer, beer on tap, bottled or goon wine, and no spirits. We couldn’t figure out whether the horse in the beer garden was a pet or a stray – there are so many horses that stroll around Cape York towns and communities. Also, someone needs to tell the person at the fryer to take it easy with the schnitzels.