Some of Australia’s best character-filled pubs are for sale. Just make sure you don’t drink the profits.
Whilst the romance of a country pub – think crackling fire, iconic locals, and surrounded by wide open spaces – may be a bit of a jump from reality, there is no doubt some of the properties currently up for sale offer some rich history, often in idyllic surrounds.
The Barbed Wire Pub, Spalding, SA
The Spalding Hotel, also known as The Barbed Wire Pub, is home to a unique collection. Photo: Supplied
It’s not every day you can invest in the home of one of the largest collections of barbed wire in Australia.
The Spalding Hotel, aka The Barbed Wire Pub, is a unique tourist attraction in the mid-north of South Australia. The hotel’s museum features one of the largest collections of barbed wire and associated fencing paraphernalia in Australia, as well as the opportunity to go pun-crazy (“cold beer and a warm welcome, and you won’t be the only prick in the bar either” reads the website).
It is the only hotel in the small agricultural town of Spalding, about 180 kilometres north of Adelaide, and has the Heysen Trail going past its front door. The single-storey heritage-styled hotel has plenty of character, with a single bar, dining room and undercover beer garden.
There is also a manager’s quarters and hotel accommodation.
Selling agents Steele & Associates Hotel Brokers have the freehold and business on the market for $575,000.
You’ll be hooked!
Centennial Hotel, Gulgong, NSW
The Centennial Hotel in Gulgong, a town depicted on Australia’s first $10 note. Photo: Supplied
Known for featuring on the original $10 note, Gulgong is home to 18th century charm, notwithstanding the town’s oldest operating hotel, the Centennial. Now up for sale, the 1872-built hotel is your quintessential country pub.
Old-world charm and atmosphere pervade the timber bar; there is a bistro, small motel and gaming. It’s all in the surrounds of the beautiful Mudgee region, about 300 kilometres north-west of Sydney.
According to selling agent Gerry Quinlan’s listing, the property offers average YTD takings of $19,448 per week offering a combination income and lifestyle to the buyer.
The property is listed at $1,295,000 million.
Junee Hotel, Junee, NSW
The Junee Hotel was the town’s first hotel when it opened in 1878 as the Railway. Photo: Supplied
Nothing says grand Aussie pub like a two-storey character facade with sweeping verandas. Formerly the Railway Hotel, the Junee Hotel was the town’s first hotel when it opened in 1878, 416 kilometres west of Sydney. Its current art nouveau-style was introduced in 1911 by its second owner.
Selling agent Peter Campbell said the character and atmosphere of the building has been retained with extra-high ceilings, arches, intricate ceilings and wide staircases. The 200-square-metre front veranda has views across town.
The hotel’s central main bar is surrounded by the 100-seat dining room and parlour. There is also an office, commercial kitchen and beer garden. Upstairs are 23 pub-style guest rooms. Two rental properties are also included in the sale.
The building is located in the town’s historic centre. The Junee Hotel is scheduled to go up for auction on site at noon on June 30.
Country Club Hotel Motel, Finley, NSW
Priced to sell: The Country Club Hotel Motel in Finley. Photo: Supplied
For the bargain hunters, the 1881-built Country Club Hotel Motel in Finley is on the market for $390,000.
Located in the centre of the Riverina region town, the two-storey pub also includes 11 motel units built in the 1970s.
The pub, about 290 kilometres north of Melbourne, has a main bar with pool room and parlour areas, reception, office, kitchen, 50-seat dining room, function area and a beer garden. Downstairs has been recently refurbished.
Upstairs is pub-style accommodation of 12 rooms, kitchen and two bathrooms in original condition.
Jarrah Jacks Brewery and Woodsmoke Estate, Pemberton, WA
Jarrah Jacks Brewery and Woodsmoke Estate overlooks a picturesque valley in WA’s south-west. Photo: Supplied
While this property doesn’t have the history of some of the other heritage pubs, it certainly makes up for it in idyllic surrounds. Pemberton, about 330 kilometres south of Perth, attracts tourists for its stunning karri forests, outdoor adventures and cooler-climate wines.
The newly listed seven-hectare property offers a piece of that action with an established brewery, vineyard, restaurant, cafe and home. The 2004-built cafe and brewery is constructed of coffee rock and expressed jarrah and marri timber and overlooking a picturesque valley.
The brewery comes with plant and equipment and a plentiful spring water supply from the property.
The property is on the market for $2.5 million.
Walkabout Hotel, Port Hedland, WA
The Walkabout Hotel’s various trading options offer security to investors, says CBRE. Photo: Supplied
Heading to warmer climates in WA, CBRE has recently listed one of Port Hedland’s most recognisable pub venues, the Walkabout Hotel.
The 1970s property about 1640 kilometres north of Perth includes sports bar, TAB, restaurant and dining area, function space and staff accommodation.
It offered buyers an attractive counter-cyclical investment opportunity in one of WA’s most active regional hubs, CBRE said.
“With a mixture of original motel rooms and donga style accommodation, plus bar and restaurant income, the various trading departments of the Walkabout Hotel provide a level of security to investors looking for opportunities in the regional accommodation market,” CBRE’s Ryan McGinnity said.
The Walkabout Hotel is being offered for sale via offers to purchase closing on July 7.
South Australian Hotel, Mount Gambier, SA
The South Australian Hotel is listed with the National Trust. Photo: Supplied
Standing proudly on the corner with its limestone detailing, the South Australian Hotel is a magnificent building and immaculately maintained.
Originally built in 1860, the building was the third hotel in the town and is now on the National Trust Recorded List.
The leasehold and business is for sale, offering a front bar with TAB, dining room, gaming room, two function rooms with bar and decked alfresco area.
The property is about 430 kilometres south-east of Adelaide.
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