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.
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