Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

This Pub Crawl Is All Class

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

This Pub Crawl Is All Class

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TAKING a tour of historical hotels and quirky little towns, and discovering the natural beauty of the Tweed Valley was as charming as it was unexpected.

My very first time on a very classy pub crawl began after a relaxing night, falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean at the Outrigger Twin Towns Resort before hopping aboard the luxury disco bus with driver Les.

As we made our way to the first pub, I learned that the beautiful rainforests and national parks around us were growing on the floor of an ancient volcano.

After deciding that 10am was not too early for the first beer of the day (after all it was 11am in New South Wales), I settled back at the Billinugel Hotel to listen to long-time local Fred Paget tell the story of Ma Ring.

Margaret Alice Ring's presence is still felt in the old timber pub that she took over in 1929, and numerous pictures of her hang among the pub memorabilia, looking down on patrons.

She passed away in 1983 at the grand old age of 101, making her the oldest hotel licensee in Australia, possibly the world.

However, Fred said she had never really left the pub, affectionately known by locals as "The Billi".

"Still hear her walking around in the middle of the night with her bloody walking stick," Fred said.

Out the back of the hotel, the original timber shed, which catered for the horses and carriages, is now a camping and barbecue area.

Then it was back on the bus to join the crowds settling in for Sunday lunch in the shaded beer garden of the Brunswick Hotel.

This is a perfect spot to enjoy a high-quality pub meal, listen to a band, and sit with the locals and visitors under the canopies of the lush trees while admiring the sea views.

Moving on, the next town was Mooball - a genuine Tweed treasure.

The locals have taken the name quite seriously and painted black and white cow patches on just about everything.

The Victory Hotel in Mooball is a family-friendly place with a tennis court and games area and a pool that looked very inviting. …

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