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Great Western Hotel - Arena

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The whole night was a 'hoot'!

From the time the courtesy bus, driven by Tanya, collected us at our motel until we were dropped... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2019
Brisbane, Australia
Authentic rodeo experience in the beef capital

This was a unique experience and one that city folk don't get to experience very often: child... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
Brisbane, Australia
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Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history and is today a national tourist destination. With four bars, beer garden, award winning Bullhead Steakhouse, air-conditioned gaming room, keno, pool table, mechanical...more
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39 Stanley St | Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, Queensland 4700, Australia
+61 7 4922 3888
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Reviewed February 3, 2019

From the time the courtesy bus, driven by Tanya, collected us at our motel until we were dropped back, the whole night was a 'hoot'! Aim to go on a Wednesday or Friday night as on these nights the practice bull rides are on from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BellBoy53
Reviewed January 6, 2019

This was a unique experience and one that city folk don't get to experience very often: child competitors riding bulls in a large indoor arena while dining on steak. We were there as part of a conference package on a Wednesday evening and were truly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

great night out to have a meal n watch the practice bull riding.meals are plentiful and are priced ok.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank annawilson63
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

I think this is the only pub in Australia that has an indoor arena attached to the back of the pub. So you can drink and have a meal, while you watch cowboys ride bulls & horses.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Bruce K
Reviewed October 11, 2016

Cowboy Pub every wed and fri night sit and have a meal watching live bull riding if the bull doesn't perform he might be on the menu next week . A must see in Rockie.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank spook7
Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Very entertaining. Suitable for singles, young families and the older generation. The open arena is attached to the hotel and had more than adequate. We saw Cowboys aged between 4 and 50 in action and calves, stiers, bucking bulls and horses, not forgetting the roping...More

Thank Margaret L
Reviewed February 25, 2016

We come here everytime on our yearly visit. Everyone is friendly, treat you as friends from way back, not just the staff but the locals a well. Meals are great. And the action in the arena is always entertaining.

Date of experience: February 2016
Reviewed August 16, 2015

Order a meal, eat inside and come out and join the fun in the grandstand seats and watch an action packed rodeo, fun, exciting, risky, sometimes scary and with great music to match the action. Or reserve a limited ringside seat, for no extra cost,...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank MMM M
Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had such a great night sitting out near the arena having a tasty steak dinner while watching the rodeo in action! Put this on your 'to do' list!

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank Tammy R
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Had planned our road trip to Cairns around the Friday night rodeo practise and wasn't disappointed. The steak was great and the rodeo was lots of fun. My kids loved it, especially as we were taken behind the scenes by a lovely chap whose kids...More

Date of experience: August 2014
4  Thank Kitch0306
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February 28, 2019|
Response from ManagerG5 | Property representative |
Hello - no need to book in advance In August we have live bull riding every Wednesday and Friday nights We have our popular PFD Top Gun Gun Gun Series on Saturday 17/8 Talented and awarding winning Australian Country Artist... More
Brett F
November 17, 2015|
Response from Brett F |
Is there a rodeo this weekend