Australia has eight different licensing jurisdictions with many and varied categories of licences. There are Hotels, Taverns, Bars, Off-Licences, Roadhouses, Licensed Restaurants, Club Licences and so on. Gathering information on Hotels or Pubs as we colloquially refer to them, has required making determinations as to the suitability of some categories. We settled on an establishment with a bar with public access, providing either food or accommodation as a basic.
For a historical perspective of Australian Pubs try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_pubs
In the process of gathering this information we have come up with the following statistics. Hope they will be of interest.
Total Hotel Pubs & Bars
6033 (est. *)
(i) By State:
Note: * Numbers are updated every 12 mths so vary during each year with new opening and closures.
(ii) Establishment Type:
Others * E.g. Saloon (5), Morten's on Sussex, Vault, GPO Sydney, The Cuckoo's Perch etc.
(iii) Capital Cities by Postcode:
(iv) Outside Capital Cities:
(v) Location Facts:
- 69% of hotels/pubs/taverns etc are located on corner blocks.
- 52% of taverns are located next to or in suburban shopping centers.
- As a general rule taverns are not required to provide accommodation.
|Most Northerly pub:||Saibai Tavern, Torres Strait|
|Most Northerly mainland pub:||Bamaga Tavern, Bamaga, Qld|
|Most Southerly pub:||Far South Tavern, Tas|
|Most Easterly pub:||Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW|
|Most Westerly pub:||Rumah Tinggi Tavern Christmas Isld|
|Most Westerly mainland pub:||Shark Bay Hotel, WA|
|Most Central pub (geographical):||Kulgera Roadhouse (Pub), NT|
|Highest located pub:||Thredbo Alpine Hotel, Thredbo, NSW|
(v) Every Pub Has Its Name:
Everyone's heard of the most popular names for pubs – Royal, Commercial, Railway, and Grand etc but never been sure of the definitive lists or popularity of names. So here goes. Be prepared for some interesting surprises.
|Golden||34||Post office||16||Robin Hood||6|
|Star||32||Prince of Wales||14||Jockey||5|
Some pubs have more direction:
Some are named after animals:
There are: 13 Bulls, 11 Dogs, 9 Horses, 7 Cows, 6 Ducks, 2 each of Frog, Parrot, Goose, Rabbit, Pelican, Crow, Kangaroo, Wombat, Emus, Hound. And 1 Wallaby, Cat, Koala, Cockatoo, Cattle Dog, Bird and Dingo.
But there could be more. We'll leave it to you to search for.
There are 85 "Irish - themed" pubs such as O'Malley's, Mick O'Shea and Dooley's.
It's been popular to name pubs after historical and cultural Australian icons.
Here's a few: Digger, Colonial, Billabong, Aussie, Boomerang, Southern Cross, Nugget, Thunderbolt, Bourke & Wills, Cobb & Co, Bunyip, Black Stump, Dad & Dave, Wattle, Buckley's, Geebung Polo Club, Drover, & The Man from Snowy River.
Check 'em out. See if you can find some we've missed.
While you're at it, there's The Pub with no Beer, The Outback Inn, The Town & Country, The Pickled Parrot, Smithy's @ Plumtree via Stanage, and The Leap via Mackay. Or, you could stroll to the Amble Inn, relieve yourself at The Lue Hotel and you could ‘drive' to The Tap Inn (which has its own indoor driving range). If that's not enough you can wait a while at The Linga Longa Inn if you've just come from The Nevertire Hotel.
If you want to know where these pubs and plenty more are located use our search facilities and our interactive maps.