The pub was established in 1894, when river boats ran freight up and down the Darling River. As well as the main building, which houses a small bar and a room out the back with a pool table, there’s a tranquil lawn area out the back that’s a perfect place to sip on a coldie while overlooking the river.
Publicans Phil and Sharon are incredibly friendly hosts and, although they’ve only been running the pub for a few months, they have lived and worked in the area for some time. They’ll even let you add to the graffiti covering the walls of the Tilpa Hotel for a small fee, which will be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
Beers on tap include Great Northern, Carlton Dry, Tooheys New and XXXX Gold, while there’s a good selection of stubbies available. Food ranges from toasties, chips, steak sandwiches and burgers for lunch, through to pizzas and steaks for dinner. There’s also a kids’ menu with spaghetti Bolognese, nuggets, and fish and chips.
As well as the famous ‘Tilpa Hotel’ stickers, you can pick up other branded goodies at the pub including stubby coolers, shirts and more.
The next time you do a Darling River run, ensure you set aside a day or two to soak up the history and the ambience at the famous Tilpa Hotel.
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Accommodation: Four rooms available at $40 per person. Camping over the road (toilets and hot showers) for a gold coin donation.
Pub Rating: 4 out of 5 thumbs up