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“The Quintessential Aussie Pub” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kununurra Hotel

Kununurra Hotel
29 Messmate Way, Kununurra, Western Australia, Australia
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Ranked #9 of 11 Restaurants in Kununurra
Cuisines: Pub
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Tweed Heads, Australia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“The Quintessential Aussie Pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

In a rural town like Kununurra, it’s only natural that everyone knows everyone. And when there are few places to relax and have a drink, you know it’s going to be a good time. Hotel Kununurra is one of those places, holding a reputation as “the only place you should go to on a Wednesday night.”

Cheers erupt from the beer garden as yet another local superstar ends their fifth karaoke song for the night. Everything from the widescreen televisions playing the footy finals to patrons singing along to “Land Down Under” proves that Australian culture is alive and well in Hotel Kununurra.

A round of beers fill the table as the sun finally sets and Kelly’s Nob watches over the town. It’s easy to feel as though you’ve lived in Kununurra for years when you enter the Hotel; the warm hospitality treats patrons like you’re at a house party with all your friends. Having a good time is paramount.
I order a meal recommended by my local friend,
“The $15 schnitzel is amazing. For that cheap you can’t miss it,” she said.

I wait anxiously, excited for a hearty meal after a day of climbing the National Park and swimming in the river. That’s probably why Kununurra Hotel is so popular: each day the sweltering heat and tough desert weather puts it’s citizens in a league of their own, deserving of a night’s relaxation and hard earned drink. There is an obvious common mindset among Kununurran locals that screams “we all have the same experiences in this desert town, and we will share them together.”

After a few more renditions of “Hotel California” by the Eagles edited to read “Hotel Kununurra”, my meal arrives. As expected, this was a meal fit for a king of the local pub: lashings of marinara sauce topped with cheese and bacon on a tender chicken schnitzel with beer battered chips. What’s more Aussie than that?

The air stayed warm as night settled, and the town came alive with the sounds of 80’s classics and pop ballads, belted out by the next Kununurra Idol.

If you visit Kununurra and have trouble deciphering what the locals are like, it only takes a trip to the Kununurra Hotel to find out. As true blue as they come with unending western hospitality, this pub is a must for the ol’ Wednesday night coldie and karaoke session.

Visited September 2014
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English first
Perth, Australia
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
“Great entertainment venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Visited for drinks over several days stay. Quiet some nights but offers everything that you expect from a sports bar. Tuesday night comes alive for karaoke. Great spot for fun and a cold beer.

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Albany, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Close to everything you need!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you are just stopping over for a short stay the Hotel is great! the pool is nice and the room are aged but cheap and get made everyday!
Easy close walk to the shopping centre and the food at the bar is AMAZING!

Visited September 2014
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Casino, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Grey nomads on the move”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

A good spot to break our drive from Katherine to Broome. Clean spacious rooms, cold beer. Hotel meal was of good value

Visited August 2014
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Kununurra, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good times had”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had a good time at the hotel, the meals were VERY expensive for pub meals and the drinks were very exy but it was a good atmosphere with lovely staff

  • Visited September 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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