Nelson Hotel

Top choice pub in Nelson

As real as outback pubs come, the Nelson Hotel (established in 1855) is an essential stop for a beer and a friendly yarn with locals. It's got a character-filled front bar, featuring a dusty stuffed pelican, and a bistro serving hearty meals (mains from $15).

There are basic rooms too, which, while in need of a refurb, are perfectly fine for the night (single/double with shared bathroom $45/65).