Daly Waters

Daly Waters is a place with character.

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 Australia!

daly waters northern territory
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 were built here, to serve as a stopover point between Brisbane and Darwin 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!

daly waters outback servo
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.

daly waters australia
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.

daly waters pub
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”.

daly waters museum
by Obliot via Flickr.com

Pub Museum
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.

daly waters pub
by DuReMi via Flickr.com

Pub Characters
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.

daly waters pool table
by andy_tyler via Flickr.com

Here is a map of Daly Waters area, where you can 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 corner.

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