Free Camping At The Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga NSW

Free camping at Merriwagga NSW is great. Headed up to Merriwagga on the first day of what was meant to be the 2020 MARS Enthusiasts National Muster that Covid19 put an end to. We met up with friends from the group at the Black Stump Hotel at Merriwagga.

Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga NSW

Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga NSW

Free Camping At Merriwagga NSW

Normally you can free camp behind the pub however there was an extremely heavy downpour from a huge storm that blew through a few hours before we arrived and it was a bit wet out back. We set up camp just across the road alongside some grain grain storage sheds. It was a very cold and windy night and the grain sheds were excellent shelter from the wind. Nice clean toilets are available for 24 hour use in the park just across the road from the pub.

Free Camping Beside Grain Storage Sheds Merriwagga NSW

Free Camping Beside Grain Storage Sheds Merriwagga NSW

The Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga

The Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga is a great old pub. Meals were really really good and very well priced, service was excellent. Beers were nice and cold, the locals were all friendly and enjoyed having a chat and the bar staff were very helpful. The most interesting thing about the Black Stump Hotel is the height of the bar and the size of the bar stools. The top of the bar must be about five feet off the ground and the bar stools are made out of old timber branches all cobbled together including a bit of a step you have to climb up on to. I reckon they are made from ironbark or something similar as they weigh an absolute ton.

Inside The Black Stump Hotel Bar Merriwagga NSW

Having A Drink With A Mate At The Bar Of The Black Stump Hotel In Merriwagga NSW

Walk Around Merriwagga

I got up very early the following morning and went for a walk around Merriwagga. What a great old town. There are lots of old buildings and shops that are no longer being used for their original purpose, quite a few of them are now being used as private residences however they have maintained their original facades.

Old Shop In Merriwagga With An Original Billy Tea Sign

Old Shop In Merriwagga With An Original Billy Tea Sign

There were even a few old “Ghost Signs” visible on the side of some of the shops and buildings. I love looking at these old signs and thinking about what they must have looked like back when the town was in full swing and they were freshly painted.

Old Ghost Signs On Building In Merriwagga NSW

Old Ghost Signs On Building In Merriwagga NSW

Where Is The Black Stump Hotel?

The Black Stump Hotel is in the small regional NSW town of Merriwagga in central NSW about 70ks from Griffith.

Travel FromDistanceTime
Griffith to The Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga70km00:50
Albury to The Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga341km04:11
Canberra to The Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga427km05:17
Sydney to The Black Stump Hotel Merriwagga644km07:12

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