Photo: After 17 years of ownership, Lindsay Carmichael is preparing to sell the iconic Daly Waters pub. (ABC Rural: Matt Brann

Iconic outback pub at Daly Waters up for sale, bras ‘n’ all

One of the most iconic pubs in outback Australia is up for sale, including a ceiling full of bras, knickers and all sorts of Aussie paraphernalia.

The Daly Waters pub in the Northern Territory has been run by Lindsay Carmichael since 1999.

He said he and his partner Robyn were after a break.

“After 17 years of working seven days a week, probably 15 hours a day, it’s full on, full-time,” he said.

“It’s a lot of work and we think it’s time we went off and spoiled ourselves and leave the pub in someone’s capable hands and hopefully see it thrive.”

Bras hang from ceiling of pub Photo: The walls and ceiling of the Daly Waters pub are littered with bras, hats and many other forms of "memorabilia". (ABC Rural: Matt Brann)
Bras hang from ceiling of pub
Photo: The walls and ceiling of the Daly Waters pub are littered with bras, hats and many other forms of “memorabilia”. (ABC Rural: Matt Brann)

In the middle of ‘whoop-whoop’

Mr Carmichael said he was proud of the pub and its tradition of misspelling had continued under his reign, with the establishment of the pub’s “reecepshun”.

Described as a pub “right in the middle of whoop-whoop”, the menu includes classics such as a “stake samige”, “am buggers”, “Te and Koffy” and “Bum Nuts of Toast”.

The bras on the ceiling are one of the pubs well-known attributes, which Mr Carmichael said were all part of the sale.

“Everything inside the pub except some personal items will become the new owner’s gear; they can do with it what they wish,” he said.

“We actually had some girls put some knickers up yesterday afternoon.”
History of shoot-outs and cattle stampedes

The pub was built in 1930 and, according to its website, has in the past “witnessed murders, shoot-outs in the main street, cattle stampeding through town and the odd drunken brawl.

“Station owners threatened to burn the place down or buy it and bulldoze it to stop the local ringers from riding into town,” the website states.

“Today the only shoot-out is at the bar during Happy Hour.”

When asked what he would miss the most, Mr Carmichael said it would definitely be the people.

“[We’ll miss] the people that work here and probably the punters as well, because they’re all nice people; we don’t really get any dills here,” he said.

“That will be the worst thing — missing out on the everyday meeting of new people.”

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