Daly Waters Pub looking for new owner

By: Caravan World, Photography by: Tony and Denyse Allsop

The iconic Daly Waters Pub in the Northern Territory is still for sale – even though a ceiling full of bras comes as part of the offer.

If you've ever travelled the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Darwin, you'll no doubt have stopped in at the infamous watering hole to quench your thirst or to tuck into one of the establishment's famous 'beef and barra barbies' or even a crocodile or buffalo slider.

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The Daly Waters Pub, without a doubt one of the best-known pubs in the country, was put up for sale earlier this year by long-time publicans Lindsay Carmichael and Robyne Webster, who have owned and run the pub for the past 17 years. But the 24/7 nature of the business means they're now looking to step back and relax.

 "They've been there for 17 years and they want to retire and have some fun," selling agent Steve Liebelt from Ruralco Property Territory Rural in Humpty Do told CW.

Mr Liebelt said the pub had generated "heaps and heaps" of interest and lots of inspections but the right buyer hadn't yet been found.

Mr Liebelt said the Daly Waters Pub could easily be run by "mum and dad"-type owner-operators, as the current owners had proven, but was equally suitable for commercial or corporate investors.

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The pub sits on nearly five acres of land and comprises the public bar, restaurant, bistro, motel accommodation, cabins, caravan park, campground and fuel bowsers. 

Visitors to the pub are encouraged to leave their mark, so the pub is decorated with bras, hats, thongs and a huge range of other items including an Irish hurling stick.

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And while the pub, which has stood since 1930, waits for the right buyer and the northern touring season warms up, the pub is as popular as ever with travelling caravanners.

"A lot of vanners come through here," Mr Liebelt said. "It's shoulder to shoulder with them at the moment."