Nindigully Pub – Home Of The Epic Road Train Burger.
On the edge of the Queensland outback lies one of Australia’s oldest pubs; the Nindigully Pub.
This is one of those places we have been saying we will go and check out for years, but for one reason or another we have just never made it there. Mainly because it’s in the middle of nowhere, about half an hour from the town of St George.
I know what you’re thinking – what makes this pub so special? Due to it’s age and the fact it is the original building, it is full of history. But more importantly, it offers massive burgers.
The road trip to Nindigully
After being told on more than one occasion how good the Nindigully Pub is by family that have been through the area many times, we decided it must be worth the visit! My old man recently drove through when heading back to the Hunter Valley and he told us “It’s not as far as you think. In fact, the roads are good and offer scenic views for most of the drive, you guys should go”. With the offer to look after our oldest 3 kids shortly after, we couldn’t resist.
So that was it, we were finally going to Nindigully.
From the Hunter Valley it’s about a 7 hour drive. After passing through all the beautiful little country towns like Scone, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Moree, you finally hit the NSW / QLD border at Mungindi. From here it is only an hour to Nindigully.
This road trip led us through some of the most beautiful farmland that we have ever seen with green and yellow canola fields as far as the eye can see. It’s an easy drive with heaps to see and do along the way; the CSIRO observatory, National parks and historic landmarks like One Ton Post.
Cheap / Free accommodation options
Once you get to Nindigully you have the option of booking a motel room at the pub for $50 a night or you can roll your swag out by the Moonie River in front of the pub. Your options don’t end there though, you can camp pretty much anywhere including in one of the old shearers sheds out the back. The best part – it’s FREE.
We grabbed some of our camping gear but booked a room just in case the weather turned bad. Lucky we did, as it rained the weekend we were there. The rooms are far from 5 star but for the price you can’t complain.
The epic burger
This burger is the main reason we wanted to visit. We had big plans to take on the ‘Road Train’.
This monster is 5.5 kg’s of pure awesomeness. A whopping 1.2 kg burger patty slapped in one of the biggest burger buns you will ever see, full of salad and with more chips and fried onions than you ever want to see on one plate.
It takes around an hour to cook this bad boy so order it before you are ready to eat. Once you get it, you nearly need to dislocate your jaw to be able to take a bite. You will end up cutting it in to slices like a cake.
What surprised us is that it actually tasted amazing. Because the burger was so big, I thought it was going to be bland but it was far from it. The bun was so fresh and soft, the burger patty was moist and full of flavour. $60 well spent.
We knew that we were never going to finish it, but we hoped that we’d at least make it half way through. We came close but just couldn’t get there. We were so full that we couldn’t possibly fit anymore in, let alone move for the next couple of hours. Shortly after, one of the pub dogs came sniffing around so I fed the rest of the burger to him. At one point I thought he was going to choke but he pushed through. This wasn’t his first rodeo, he would have cleaned up a couple of ‘Road Train’ burger defeats in his time at the Nindigully Pub.
Next time we will be bringing the whole tribe and hopefully succeed.
It’s all about the people
Considering the Nindigully Pub is in the middle of nowhere, everyone that’s out there has a story to tell, they’ve come from somewhere and they’re going someplace. Given the establishment and the location, we were a little bit disappointed in the bar staff, they weren’t very social.
Don’t let the lack of interaction you get from them stop you from checking out the pub, the place is full of other friendly travellers that make up for it.
Our bucket list is constantly being added to with places to visit and things to experience.
The Nindigully Pub and ‘Road Train’ burger have proven their place on our list and should definitely be added to yours.
Need more? Not impressed yet?
Just in case you are looking for something more manly – the Roadtrain is just the baby. There is a 12kg version called the B Double Double. If you want to take on this beast make sure you call ahead and pre-order it. Good luck to you!
Give yourself the time to look around the pub because there is so much history on display; from the massive Akubra collection to the money stuck on the roof and all the other memorabilia in between.
Have you ever been to the Nindigully Pub? What’s your favourite Aussie iconic destination?
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