Daly Waters publican Bruce keeps an eye on the fire during a
cold winters day.
The Daly Waters pub is a little bit off the Stuart
Highway but well worth the short detour. The pub is filled with
memorabilia left behind by people from all over the world and
is a very pleasant place to rest from the long driving hours
and enjoy a few coldies and some food. There is a camping area
attached to the pub and just around the corner there is an airstrip,
it does not get much traffic nowadays but once it used to be
an overnight stop on the London-Sydney flights.
Below are some pics of the interior of this classic
Pics courtesy of Alfred Kuhn from Germany.
( Click pics to enlarge )
In June 2004 the pub caught fire one night and
could have been destroyed had it not been for the efforts of
its owners. The publicans ran to the house of volunteer bushfire
brigade member David Stevenson, who keeps one of the township's
fire trucks on his property. Amazingly enough he refused to
help and said he was only trained to put out bushfires and not
house fires, adding to this that ``he wouldn't help them anyway
because they're a mob of bastards''. He told them to get in
the fire truck and put out the blaze themselves. The fire caused
$15,000 damage to the Daly Waters Pub but no historical memorabilia
were destroyed in the blaze.
This did not go down well with other members of the community
and a couple of days later he was bashed up by a gang of four
men. He reported the incident to police but did not lodge a
formal complaint, probably realizing he deserved it.