Ah, is there anything more Australian than sitting down at the pub with your mates for a beer? Whether you’re knocking off after a hard day’s work, celebrating a bit occasion or simply looking to make new friends, Australia’s country pubs are the perfect places to see the unique, charming culture that makes our nation tick.

But which country pubs are the best? While it’s impossible to single out one, we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 10 charming pubs we think every Australian should visit. Will colourful characters, delicious pub grub and great beer, these pubs are the perfect place to spend an afternoon. 

1. The Pub with No Beer – Taylors Arm, NSW. The inspiration behind Slim Dusty’s famous song of the same name, The Pub with No Beer has some legendary views, incredible memorabilia and tasty brews to enjoy.

2. Robertson Inn - Robertson, NSW. This beautiful old hotel is reeking with country appeal, with open fires in winter and an inviting deck to enjoy during summer. If you’re in the Southern Highlands pop by!

3. Humpty Doo Hotel - Humpty Doo, Northern Territory. This Top End pub is about as quirky as they come, and has an enjoyable ambience and a diverse menu. An afternoon at the Humpty Doo Hotel is one well spent.

4. Prairie Hotel - Parachilna, South Australia. This establishment has a rich history and welcoming vibe, and you’ll enjoy meeting locals and visitors from all around the globe. There’s a great menu to try as well!

5. Overland Corner Hotel - Riverland, South Australia. The limestone structure that surrounds the Overland Corner Hotel has had many lives as a general store and post office, and now is the perfect watering hole.

6. The Apollonian Hotel - Boreen Point, Queensland. This colonial-style hotel was originally built in Gympie during the 1870s gold rush, before being moved to its current Sunshine Coast location almost 30 years ago.

7. The Criterion Hotel - Rockhampton, Queensland. This multi-storey heritage building is an eye catcher, and you’ll enjoy spending time at The Criterion Hotel, lapping up the warm vibe and the ice-cold beers.

8. Railway Hotel - Castlemaine, Victoria. This glorious heritage hotel evokes the romanticism of the gold-rush days. This pub breathes history and is a fine-establishment that’s definitely worth popping in for a beer.

9. The Bush Inn -  New Norfolk, Tasmania. Officially Australia’s oldest continually licensed hotel, the Bush Inn is an absolute gem with a sense of history that is gripping for anyone who makes time to visit.

10. Freemasons Hotel - Geraldton, Western Australia. With a large restored spire, the Freemasons Hotel is one of Geraldton’s true icons. This pub has tonnes of character and always has a lively atmosphere.

Have you been to the pubs on our list? Are there any that didn’t make the cut that you feel we should’ve included? Let us know in the comments section below!

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