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The Northern Territory's Best Outback Pubs

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Relive scenes from Crocodile Dundee and We Of the Never Never at outback outposts across the Northern Territory. From their days of feeding railroad workers and the builders of the Overland Telegraph Line to their role in housing and revitalizing long-distance travelers, outback pubs are where the characters live and the memories are made, and many are as relevant today as they were in the late 1800s. Shout (buy a drink) for the patron next to you and you might have a mate for life.
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16 Stuart St, Daly Waters NT 0852, Australia
The Daly Waters is everything an outback pub should be: kitschy but "fair dinkum" (genuine) and in the middle of Woop Woop (the Aussie term for "the Boonies") but still offering revitalizing grub and grog. Oh and there must be beds, considering...
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This pub was made famous in Jeannie Gunn's book We of the Never Never and a 1980 film of the same name. Gunn's husband, Aeneas, is buried in the local cemetery, and the town has completely embraced the slogan "Capital of the Never Never," even...
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120 Stuart Hwy, Adelaide River NT 0846, Australia
The town of Adelaide River, about an hour south of Darwin near the entrance to Kakadu National Park, has a layered history, starting with its role as a base for workers constructing the Overland Telegraph Line and continuing with its military...
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Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia
At the indigenous-owned Cooinda Lodge, near Kakadu National Park's famous Yellow Waters billabong, grab a seat at one the picnic tables at Barra Bar & Bistro and order the Taste of Kakadu platter. It features creative bush concoctions such as...
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Adelaide River NT 0846, Australia
You'll need to hire your own boat to get here, so it's not the sort of pub you can simply stop into for a drink. But adventurous travelers seeking an offbeat drop and stay should look no further than this charming speck of an island in the middle...
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20000B Larapinta Drive, Petermann NT 0872, Australia
Long before there was real tourism in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park—indeed before the region was declared a national park—Peter Severin arrived to Curtin Springs with his young wife Dawn, a toddler and 1500 cattle. Severin must have had a hunch...