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The Daly Waters Pub
Ranked #1 of 1 Daly Waters B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Warners Bay, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
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“Packed in like Sardines/Cattle”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

When we got there we were told we could not put up our awning. They then packed us in like sardines with no personal space around our caravan. The people beside us were travelling in a group and because of the close proximity I felt an intruder just sitting outside our caravan. We went for the meal & show - which because of the monopoly that is all you could do. Show fantastic - but considering they don't pay for the show and all the performers earn is from us - felt like these people were being taken advantage of!!!! Felt like it all was just a money making exercise from the pub with no thought for us or the performers. Meal was good - but if you are happy with this status quo - go - but I was not -& feel like the pub needs to re-think how they treat their patrons!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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dalywaterspub, Owner at The Daly Waters Pub, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for your response we appreciate your time. It does get a little cramped but as part of our ongoing plans we are trying to alleviate the situation. Right at this very moment we are about to start relocating power as to allow more space and all so installing new ablution blocks. The problem with the power is that a lot was installed in the 80s and did not allow for growth the first stage has been completed with the installation of sites at the top end of the park. I really don't understand how you can comment on the arrangements we have with the entertainers somethings are said tongue in cheek. Have you sighted the agreements we have with them. As for money making yes we are in business and have poured a lot of money back into it and will continue to do so to improve facilities and comfort for our patrons but this cannot be achieved overnight and in the 14 years we have been here we have made huge steps in that direction. I have photos that highlight this clearly. Enjoy the rest of your travels
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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

I'm pleased that Daly Waters pub stays the same. It was our third time there, enjoyed the atmosphere, barramundi meal and the entertainment. At $10 per adult a night in the van park, it's good value. The meal is $28, with happy hour at 4.30pm.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alice Springs, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Fantastic stay, the whole family had a fantastic time. The beef and barra on the bbq is highly recommended. Dave Chille's show was bonza with a lot of typical Aussie larrikinism. The deluxe cabin is a huge thumbs up. We are looking forward to when we can return to Daly Waters Pub to stay when the rodeo is on

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank DanielRhiannon
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed here in October 2012 after we had read about it in Bill Bryson's 'Down Under'.

It's literally in the middle of nowhere and you have to drive off the main highway to get there but that's part of the fun. Arrived late afternoon and found our site in the campsite. Campsite is dusty and not much to it but we didn't plan to spend time in it other than to sleep and the toilets and showers were clean.

The pub is weird and wonderful with every spare inch covered in items of clothes, hats, licence plates, ID badges, photos etc from visitors. The bar staff were great fun, chatty and friendly (still in touch with one of them) and made us very welcome. We had surf and turf from the BBQ (barramundi and steak) with as much as you could eat salad which was really good and very filling! We had lots of cold beer and by the end of the night had made friends with the Women Posties who were travelling around Oz on motorbikes and the Barra Boys from Victoria who were on a fishing trip.

Great fun, unique experience and loved every minute of it!

Highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Although a little contrived it was certainly a great experience. The night started with ‘Col’ a local singer/songwriter and his accompanying 5 piece county western band playing from 4.30 pm for an hour and a half, followed by another musician ‘Steve Still Rocking’ playing cover songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s for about another hour and a half. This was then followed at 7.30 pm by ‘Chilli’ musician, comedian and raconteur. We ate our meals of barramundi and steak (surf n turf) with salad while listening to Chilli. It was a very enjoyable night and something we had not anticipated in such a remote locality.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

The pub is the pub in Daly Waters and it is worth the drive off the Stuart Highway to find it. The accomodation is clean and comfortable, the drinks are cold , the pool is shady and the meals are generous. When you get the options for Beef and Barra it is good to ask for the early sitting so you have time to digest it. Along with the Beef -cooked to your liking and Barra-wild barra caught in the gulf-is a delicious salad bar and the main problem is fitting all your choices on to the one plate per customer allowed. Their damper is definitely worth eating and served with the dinner as well as burger buns and toasted for breakfast. Great souvenirs to buy too just across the road.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed here one night for camping. There was 15 of us and we had had a long hot day out on the road. We arrived and pitched out tent in a great camping area. Then all dived into the icy cold pool!! loved it. It is a very social camp ground with a lot of campers going to the pub for the evening for food and entertianment. Its great to see a place so popular. The bathrooms were great. They were dootted around the campground and it was a all in one toliet and shower with lots of room. I think they are updating them as well so they will be even better next time we are through.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Daly Waters Pub
Address: Stuart St, Daly Waters, Northern Territory 0852, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Daly Waters
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Daly Waters
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic multi-award winning Daly Waters Pub is an iconic Australian outback pub. There are a variety of accommodation styles to select for your stay ranging from deluxe 2 bedroom cabins to backpacker dorms. All accommodation is air-conditioned with linen supplied. The pub is 600 kms south of Darwin, 290 kms south of Katherine and 900 kms north of Alice Springs. It is a welcome stop for weary travellers with meals available from 7.00 am til 8.30 pm. There are 6 beers on tap and an extensive selection of wines. During the Dry Season (May - October) there is free entertainment nightly. There is a shady caravan park with powered and unpowered sites. ... more   less 

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