It was about 7:30am and our tummies were grumbling. We had just hit the T-intersection of the Carpentaria Highway with the Stuart Highway, and Daly Waters Historic Pub was just around the corner.
Daly Waters was named by John McDouall Stuart in 1862, after he discovered fresh water in the area. Refreshing his expedition party here finally lead to his first successful expedition across the continent. Daly Waters ended up being an important landmark for cattle drovers, who would water their stock before crossing the Murranji Stock Route. In 1930, a local tin miner and his wife opened a store in Daly Waters to service travellers, settlers and drovers, and after the pub was given a jug licence in 1938, it has continued to water travellers, settlers and drovers ever since.
This award-winning pub is famous for the memorabilia that hangs on the walls… and ceilings, and support posts, EVERYWHERE, and anything from money, undies, hats, licences, passports, business cards, bras, shirts, tools, bottles, thongs, passport photos, flags, police patches. You name it, it’s hanging somewhere! They serve their world famous beef and barra every night during the dry season and Happy Hour from 5-6pm offers really cheap drinks, like $3.50 for a pot of Coopers or VB. We were a little bummed that we were there in the morning, not in the afternoon but still sat down for some breakfast.
Dave ordered the croissants with ham and Swiss cheese for $10.50, and they were two medium sized croissants that were generously filled with ham and full flavoured cheese. Juz got the breakfast wrap filled with egg, tomato, cheese, onion, spinach, and hash brown for $11. The wrap bread was fantastic and everything was fresh and delicious. It was a great feed.
Over the road was a souvenir shop and book exchange that is owned by the pub. We swapped some books at the exchange and had a chat with the man behind the table before heading back to the Troopy. We bumped into a Scottish couple who were travelling in a decked out Delica. They have always been travellers, even from a young age, and they highly recommended that we visit Tasmania, as it is just like a little Scotland.
On our way back to the Stuart Highway, we passed the Stuart Tree, a dead tree stump marked with an ‘S’ by one of John McDouall Stuart’s party. We met another traveller there – Vincent, who is riding his bike across Australia. We were inspired by him and his warm and open nature. Here’s a picture of one of our great Aussie legends.
FYI – diesel at Daly Waters was $1.95. If you want the cheaper stuff, fill up at the Hi Way Inn. It’s a few minutes away at the intersection of Stuart Highway and Carpentaria Highway and the diesel was $1.82 when we visited.
Meals are available from 7am to 8:30pm.
Phone: 08 8975 9927