This is the hotel at Parachilna, a typical old Aussie pub.
We arrived at dusk on Saturday, and had a drink in the bar to unwind. It was a good drive, but right at the end there were a few kangaroos with no road sense. The wildlife is always a hazard on out back roads, luckily we managed to avoid them. If I lived out here I would probably drive a great big 4WD like the one in the photo.
The decorations in the bar were decidedly rural, including this magnificent skull.
Once it was dark they lit a fire out the front, and everyone stood round with their drinks, toasting themselves in the heat and admiring the night sky full of stars. Two of the guests were setting off the next morning on a 6 day bushwalk, which sounded wonderful. The scenery is magnificent, and when you cover it on foot you have time to admire it properly. There are two pilots based here who offer scenic flights, and they were interesting to talk to as well.
One of the features of this pub is the food, which features 'feral' meat; goat, camel, emu, kangaroo and rabbit. Seonaid has always been a cautious eater, so the menu was a bit daunting for her. We settled for antipasto, which was unadventurous, but delicious anyway.
In the morning I wandered around by myself while Seonaid was touring the whole place and learning more about the job.
I was reading this information poster when I noticed something interesting.
We were on the road again by lunchtime, and had a good trip home. It's great to get away from everyday life and visit some place new.