Going, going … gone! Birdsville Hotel is sold

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The Birdsville Hotel will be staying in Australian hands.

The iconic Birdsville Hotel has been sold …. and the good news for grey nomads is that it looks like it’s going  to be business as usual.

After being on and off the market for the past three years, there were fears the iconic sandstone 1884 pub on the edge of the Simpson Desert might be bought by overseas interests.

However, the Commercial Real Estate publication reports that the property – situated 1600 kilometres west of Brisbane and 1200 kilometres north of Adelaide – is to be sold to businessman Courtney Ellis, who co-founded the travel company Outback Spirit Tours.

“My wife and I are thrilled to be buying the Birdsville Hotel … it’s something we’ve been talking about doing for a long, long time,” Mr Ellis told the publication. “We’ve been going there for about 15 years now, and know it very well … we love the feel and character of the place and are keen to build on that.”

Commercial Real Estate reports that Mr Ellis, 41, and his wife Talia, 34, plan to keep the pub running very much along the same lines as it operates now, with perhaps only a few tweaks to the accommodation.

The award-winning pub reportedly sold for about $6 million. It came with its motel accommodation of 27 guest units, workers’ quarters, two detached residences and industrial land, on a 6580-square-metre block. There is also an aviation fuel supply business run from the hotel, close to the town’s airport.

All being well, the sale should be finalised, by January 21.

The current owners David and Nell Brook have had the pub since 1979, together with friends Kim and Jo Fort.

Jo Fort said selling the property to the Ellis family was ‘a dream come true’.

“They understand tourism and tourist operations, and understand the Outback and what the pub is and the culture of the Outback,” she told Commercial Real Estate. “They’re moving forward for all the right reasons and that’s what you want when you’ve invested your life into a place … you want to make sure you pass it on to someone who’ll possibly do it even better than you.”

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One Response to Going, going … gone! Birdsville Hotel is sold

  1. Glad is has been sold to Tourist operators. They will make it even better.
    Tried to book in 1 Monday night in July 2010 and was told they were booked out. The manager was really sorry but a tourist bus was coming through. Bit sad as we always wanted to stay in the most remote pub in Oz.He directed us to the caravan park and we stayed in a cabin there. Had a wonderful meal at the pub that night.

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