Australia’s iconic roadhouses

Pink Roadhouse, Oodnadatta, South AustraliaHave you ever dreamed of owning a roadhouse? One of Australia’s best-loved roadhouses, the Pink Roadhouse, has just hit the real estate market – so we’re taking a look at some of Australia’s iconic roadhouses.

Pink Roadhouse, Oodnadatta, South Australia
200 kilometres north-east of Coober Pedy, the Pink Roadhouse is a sight for eyes tired from driving.

More than a roadhouse, you’ll also find a post office, caravan park, roadside assistance, a supermarket and a liquor outlet here.

No visit to the roadhouse is complete without an order of the famously delicious Oonaburger, which has been a staple on the menu for more than 12 years.

Fancy staying permanently? The Pink Roadhouse is on the market for a measly million – so you could claim this slice of roadhouse heaven.

Musgrove Roadhouse, Musgrove, QueenslandMusgrove Roadhouse, Musgrove, Queensland.
Bunk down at the Musgrove Roadhouse, halfway between the Weipa on the tip of Australia and Cairns.

The roadhouse has been in the Shepard family since the 1930s. Steeped in history, the homestead was originally part of a larger piece of property and is the only remaining overland telegraph station on the peninsula.

You can get fuel, food and an even a cold ale in the licensed cafe. There are also basic cabins or camping accommodation, and just in case you decide to visit via private jet, you’ll be pleased to know there is a fly in, fly out airstrip.

Red Roo Roadhouse, Beaufort, Victoria
This Victorian roadhouse is so famous Slim Dusty sang about its $6 truckies breakfast.

It’s a popular stop for truckies doing the Melbourne–Adelaide haul, and the constant stream of customers ensures a mighty good feed.

Balladonia Roadhouse, Balladonia, Western Australia
You’ll find the Balladonia Roadhouse just before the 90 Mile Straight, one of Australia’s most famous roads. 90 kilometres east of Norseman and 385 kilometres south-east of Kalgoorlie, you’ll find fuel, groceries, food and conveniences here.

You can also rest your head at the adjoining Balladonia Hotel Motel, which has a variety of motel rooms  and cabins, as well as backpackers accommodation and campsites.

Packsaddle Roadhouse, Packsaddle, New South WalesPacksaddle Roadhouse, Packsaddle, New South Wales
Between Broken Hill and Tibooburra is the tiny town of Packsaddle. Apart from a friendly greeting from owners Arnold and Mia Degoumoi you’ll also find fuel, travel information, camping and caravan accommodation and meals at this roadhouse.

You can even combine your stopover with peek into Australia’s wool history as the roadhouse is also home to one of the best collections of Australian wool industry memorabilia.

What iconic roadhouses have you visited?

Image credit: Pink Roadhouse, Tourism Australia