Daly Waters Pub

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Friday, May 4, 2012

There weren't many towns of note between Banka Banka and Daly Waters. The pub at Daly Waters is a place every caravanner stops at, and it is well worth it. The explorer John Stuart successfully crossed the continent from south to north in 1862, taking nine months to do so. After discovering fresh water the area was named Daly Waters in honour of the Governor of South Australia, Sir Dominic Daly. Daly Waters was also a major Air force base during WW2, and the airfield was Australia's first international airport when it opened it's hangar doors for the Australia to England air race.
The pub was just so interesting, and was the focal point of the whole area. When you walk in the first thing you notice are the bras and undies hanging above the bar, then you notice heaps of t-shirts hanging from the roof, all with messages written on them by their respective owners. The staff behind the bar were hand feeding butcher birds which were perched on the bar, and there were lots of mad signs everywhere. The staff we talked to were from Ireland, Italy and France, and they were genuinely friendly guys. We were told that they served their famous Beef & Barra BBQ every night, and there was also entertainment. We went back and parked the van, met a few people who we had bumped into at other camp spots, and then found out that the annual three day camp draft and rodeo was to be held the day after next. We had only planned on a one night stay, but decided straight away to extend.
The dinner was in a big covered courtyard, and the food was excellent. At 7.30 the entertainer, named Chilli, started his performance and he had everyone in stitches until he finished. He told tales about his life as a drover and horse breaker, he sang country music, and told bush poetry. He was very, very good, and we had a fabulous time.
The camp draft was great to see, a real taste of the true Australian country life. We went out to the historic airfield and hangar, saw the flying fox which was used to ferry supplies across the river, and had a wonderful time chatting to other caravanners over the three days. A great experience, and one that will be hard to beat.
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