Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Nindigully Pub

26 – 27 July

On leaving Bollon we had a quick stop in St George for coffee and then travelled 45 km south east to Nindigully Pub, a free camp beside the Moonie River. En route we passed the first of many cotton farms which depend on irrigation for their survival.
Cotton bales waiting for procesing near St George

The camping area at Nindigully is along the river bank and is very informal. The pub has provided toilets and showers for travellers to use for a donation. It is a popular place for both locals and travellers, especially for its Happy Hour. At 4.30 pm a staff member bangs on the cowbell on the verandah and yells out “Happy Hour” and like sheep we all dutifully troop up the hill to help keep the Pub in business. It’s a very convivial time, and a great place to meet people and share travel tales and useful tips.
Moonie River, Nindigully
A lot of birdlife lives in this area
Our campsite, Nindigully
Nindigully Pub
The verandah bar
The picnic and play area

Nindigully used to be a more vibrant community and still has a community hall and a few other buildings. It is often the venue for B & S Balls and New Year’s Eve functions, and apparently accommodated the rally participants we encountered in Bollon the night before we arrived.  When we were there two groups also decided to hold their bucks nights there, but fortunately they stopped partying at midnight.

Nindigully Pub was also the location for the movie Paperback Hero in 1998 starring Hugh Jackman and all the film cast and crew lived there for the duration. The walls of the pub are decorated with all kinds of memorabilia. 
Commemorating the making of the movie here
Inside the bar of the pub, a display of hats

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