One of the most famous Aussie pubs - a sprawling mass of a joint with sensational views and standard pub fare. Famous for the surf and Yamba prawns.

One of the most famous Aussie pubs - a sprawling mass of a joint with sensational views and standard pub fare. Famous for the surf and Yamba prawns.

One of the last remaining old style hotels, The Northern Hotel is located in the heart of Byron Bay's vibrant town centre.  *Note the tiling is the same as The Builders Arms, Fitzroy.  I go here to punt on the racehorses and watch the Collingwood Football Club on the telly! Go Pies!

One of the last remaining old style hotels, The Northern Hotel is located in the heart of Byron Bay's vibrant town centre. *Note the tiling is the same as The Builders Arms, Fitzroy. I go here to punt on the racehorses and watch the Collingwood Football Club on the telly! Go Pies!

Established in the Cellar of The Grace Darling Hotel in1892, the Collingwood Football Club is the biggest and most famous sporting club in Australia. The Magpies have won 15 VFL/AFL premierships, and have contested more Grand Finals (43 - including two in 1977 and 2010) than any other club.

Established in the Cellar of The Grace Darling Hotel the Collingwood…

Officially opened by a Tassy Politician in 1854 with luminaries such as Squizzy Taylor knocking the froth off a few at the launch party, The Grace Darling is also famous for being the birthplace of the Collingwood Football Club on February 12 1892 when it was declared that "The very name of Collingwood would strike terror into the hearts of opposing players".     Melbourne’s second oldest pub was given a good clean up in 2010 by the four owners pictured.

Officially opened by a Tassy Politician in 1854 with luminaries such as Squizzy Taylor knocking the froth off a few at the launch party, The Grace Darling is also famous for being the birthplace of the Collingwood Football Club on February 12 1892 when it was declared that "The very name of Collingwood would strike terror into the hearts of opposing players". Melbourne’s second oldest pub was given a good clean up in 2010 by the four owners pictured.

Fitzroyalty.  The newly refurbished Builders Arms brings life back into my old local on Gore Street Fitzroy.

The Builders Arms Hotel, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Beautiful food, different menu for dining in the Bistro or in the Public Bar. Also the restaurant Moon Under Water for refined dining. Another Andrew McConnell success!

Talking pubs in the Melbourne Herald Sun 2003

Talking pubs in the Melbourne Herald Sun 2003

My brother Chris Gowing outside our famous bluetstone pub Gowings Grace Darling, Collingwood 1990-1998

My brother Chris Gowing outside our famous bluetstone pub Gowings Grace Darling, Collingwood

Australia's history as a haven for great hotels is depicted in my new Pinterest board

Australia's history as a haven for great hotels is depicted in my new Pinterest board


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