Crocodile Dundee's watering hole, the Walkabout Creek Hotel, sold

Crocodile Dundee's watering hole, the Walkabout Creek Hotel, sold
Crocodile Dundee's watering hole, the Walkabout Creek Hotel, sold

It was a pub that no one knew about until Paul Hogan put it on the map. Now the Walkabout Creek Hotel - which became famous in the blockbuster hit movie Crocodile Dundee has been sold. 

Empty-nesters Frank and Debbie Wust emerged as the buyers of the pub at McKinlay in Northern Queensland for a "significant six figure sum".  

It is believed the couple are committed to maintaining the hotel’s iconic status.  

Mr Wust, who since 1990 has been a miner at the Callide Mine, 120 kilometres south-west of Gladstone, was attracted to the idea of buying the Walkabout Creek Hotel on his way to the Boulia Camel Races.

“We were visiting a friend in Boulia, who previously owned an outback hotel himself, and on the way home we stopped at the Walkabout Creek Hotel and the rest is history,” he says.

The vendor was publican Paul Collins.

“After 28 years behind the bar, Paul had decided to call time on his stint at the illustrious pub, which was originally built in 1900 as the Federal Hotel,” says sales agent, Nathan Henderson - principal of Raine & Horne Ingham & Beaches. 

The Walkabout Creek Hotel has 18 single rooms and a caravan park which provides 30 powered and unpowered sites, plus two residential houses. 

Picture courtesy of Ken Hodge/flickr.

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