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"Where the town meets the bush, locals meet travellers and where people from all walks of life come together."
Ilfracombe via Longreach
The Historic Wellshot Hotel is one of the most unique outback pubs, over one hundred years old and well worth looking through, with its woolpress bar, remarkable collection of hats and wealth of local memorabilia.
The Wellshot Hotel found a permanent site in Ilfracombe in 1890 after Paddy Finn followed the railway line to its end. The accommodation wing at the rear of the building was built in 1891 and rebuilt in 1956, but the name and street frontage remain the same as they were over a century ago.
Inside, the unique lounge bar is made from an old-time timber
woolpress. Early photographs and many other fascinating artifacts
are on display and “The Wellshot and the Bush Pub’s
Hall of Fame” poem is inscribed on another wall.
A Message from yours hosts, Jac and Ross Given
Take a break at the Wellshot with us ….. we’ll do our best to make yours an interesting, enjoyable, tasty and thirst-quenching experience.
We see ourselves as the custodians of this truly iconic landmark in the bush, the place where locals meet and eat, where they breathe new life into some of their hopes and aspirations.
If you are one of those travelling the country to discover our Nation’s heritage, you’ll get a taste of what life was really like….and you can ‘pick up’ art and artifacts in all manner of forms, handcrafted by the children of its pioneers – our locals.
The Wellshot also has a uniquely important role to play in our local community – to provide opportunities for our young people, to again develop in them, the resourcefulness and independence for which the bush was famous – the place where people came to create a life, and not ask for someone to provide it. Another element in fulfilling that mission is the Life Skills & Business Program the Wellshot offers for all those (15 to 50) in the District who wish to avail themselves of it – visitors may take home a digital copy for their children ….. or themselves if they wish.
It is our hope you’ll find your stay with us, however long, a uniquely interesting, enjoyable and extraordinary experience; and who knows, you may just want to come back and stay to join other like-minded couples who want more for their families than a life spent online and X-Box, or hours in shopping centre carparks.
In the now, as we said at the outset, it is our hope you will make the Wellshot your place in the bush, joining our locals in a joyous greet, meet and eat.
So take a break, it’s one you won’t forget..
Ross & Jac Given
Accommodation at The Wellshot Hotel, Ilfracombe
8 Air-conditioned rooms
Queen, Double or Twin Share
Lunch and dinner available every day
Prices start at $59.95– Contact us now
We offer a wide range of beers, wines, scotch, whiskey, rum,
non-alcoholic beverages, and country-style meals are available
Lunch: Every day from 12 - 2pm
Dinner: Every night from 6pm - 8.30pm.
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