As you drive along the Stewart Highway between Larrimah and
Dunmarra, there is the sign to Daly Waters which is only a few
kilometres off the highway, and it's worth turning in.
It's one of them
touristic old Aussie pubs in the outback Northern Territory.
This funny drinking hole, along with a few other buildings full of
character, is what remains from the first international airport in
by DuReMi via Flickr.com
Australia's first International Airport
It all started in the 1920s when a shop, a pub, a hotel and an airport
built here, to serve as a stopover point between Brisbane
for flights to Singapore and London. Not that many passengers needed an
airport here, but because the planes needed a top-up – they only
carried so much fuel. At this pace it must have taken a few weeks
before they got from Australia to London!
by psmorrison via Flickr.com
Traffic Light in Remote Australia
As you drive in, on your right hand side is Australia’s remotest
traffic light, but it's ok to pass
it – it is always red. On your left hand side are a few fuel
pumps called the Outback Servo.
by Auremims via Flickr.com
Airport Ruins and Museum
The terminal ruins, the airstrip and the original Qantas hangar are
still here, the lattest serves as a small museum with some interesting
equipment and photos.
The pub. by andy_tyler via Flickr.com
Daly Waters Pub
And then of course, there is the pub – Daly Waters' real highlight. The
pub was licensed in 1938 to service passengers and, what I've read –
crew! Yeah, right - “Ladies and gentlemen, the flight number 35 to
London will depart as soon as the captain has finished his beer,
we wish you a safe journey”.
by Obliot via Flickr.com
All inside walls of the pub are covered in business cards,
university student cards, drivers licenses and money from all around
the world. In one section, there is a museum of the old post office,
and the whole place is just packed with history.
by DuReMi via Flickr.com
The characters in the pub are just as colourful - locals with dusty
hats, grey nomads and backpackers. And in the burning heat, beer
goes down well too. Would you have a few too many to keep driving,
you can stay here over night - there are hotel rooms upstairs.
by andy_tyler via Flickr.com
Here is a map of Daly Waters area, where
double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places
closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the
satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand
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