Carinda Hotel David Bowie Lets Dance Location

Carinda Hotel David Bowie Lets Dance Location

Carinda Hotel David Bowie Lets Dance Location

Carinda hotel was used in the David Bowie film clip for Let’s Dance. Amanda and I called in to Carinda Hotel and we absolutely and totally loved the place.

Carinda Hotel

Our Pub Ratings

  • Vibe 90% 90%
  • Architecture 50% 50%
  • How Easy Is It To Get To? 75% 75%
  • Was The Beer Cold? 100% 100%
  • Did We Love It? 100% 100%

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About The Carinda Hotel

Years ago I was sitting on the lounge early one Sunday morning watching Rage and the film clip for David Bowies “Let’s Dance” came on and being a lover of both Bowie and country pubs I decided to look up where it was with the view to going there one of these days.

Carinda Hotel David Bowie let's Dance

The hotel from the film clip is in a small town called Carinda, about 70ks from Walgett NSW. Amanda and I called in to Carinda Hotel and we loved the place. You could feel the history inside, it’s old, it’s a bit dishevelled but you wouldn’t want to change a single thing about it. Throw the David Bowie history in to the mix and well, just go there and see. I bet you can feel something. I did.

Carinda Hotel David Bowie Lets Dance Famous Tiled Wall

The Carinda Hotel publican Leanne was a lovely lady, very welcoming. The beers were icy cold and the lunch was bloody awesome. You can camp for free out the back of the pub, or if that’s full (pretty unlikely) there’s also free camping down the road at the showground. Well done Carinda and Carinda Hotel, the place is a 10 out of 10.

Carinda Hotel Hamburger

Let’s Dance Carinda Festival

The small rural town pays an annual tribute to legendary musician David Bowie when it hosts the annual Let’s Dance Carinda Festival over the October long weekend.

Up to 800 people are expected to attend Carinda Hotel for the next Let’s Dance Carinda Festival.

Let’s Dance Carinda Tribute Committee are in the throes of putting together a wonderful time for everyone to enjoy and hopefully lift the morale in the drought-stricken country.

Carinda Hotel David Bowie Lets Dance The Long White Duke Filmclip

Committee secretary Joy Dare said the inaugural event attracted about 200 people.

“Then there was about 450 people at the second event (in 2017) and this year we’re hoping it builds up to 800 people,” she said.

“People who couldn’t make it last year told us that they were sorry and are hoping to attend this year.”

Free showers, toilets and camping are accessible at the sports ground where the festival takes place. Breakfast will be available with a continuous barbeque during the weekend and meals at night. https://www.facebook.com/Lets-Dance-Carinda-303940966427490/

Carinda Races

Carindas’ biggest event of the year is its picnic race meeting held each July. Carinda and District Race Club has been racing since 1915 and stages a six race meeting every July. Outback racing at its best! All racing enthusiasts please put it in your diary. https://www.facebook.com/carindaraceclub/

Where’s Carinda Hotel?

Carinda Hotel is in the small regional NSW town of Carinda in central NSW about 70ks from Walgett NSW.

Contact Details

Address
22 Colin St, Carinda NSW 2831

Phone
(02) 6823 2218

Getting There

Travel FromDistanceTime
Walgett to Carinda Hotel70km00:53
Lightning Ridge to Carinda Hotel148km01:50
Bourke to Carinda Hotel191km02:27
Sydney to Carinda Hotel628km07:31
Trilby Station To Bourke On The Darling River Run

Trilby Station To Bourke On The Darling River Run

Trilby Station To Bourke On The Darling River Run

It was beginning to rain in the morning as we packed up and kept on getting heavier while we got the job of preparing to leave done. We were meant to stay at Trilby Station for a few nights but only stayed the one. We loved it and were really looking forward to exploring the tracks around the property as we have heard that they are absolutely fantastic.

The BOM Weather app Save Us

We had very little mobile reception however we had enough to use the BOM weather app and it was saying that it would begin raining in the morning and up to 50mm was predicted by the evening. 10mm of rain is enough out here to close the roads for two or three days. We bit the bullet and decided to move on to Bourke. You seriously can not begrudge them a bit of rain out this way. Everything is so incredibly dry and they need every drop they can get.

Bourke Left Tilpa Cobar Right Raining At Louth

Bourke Left Tilpa Cobar Right Raining At Louth

Rain began to fall in the morning as we packed up and kept on getting heavier while we got the job of preparing to leave done. The road in to Louth from Trilby Station was already getting soft as we headed off. Luckily we only had about a hundred kilometres to get to Bourke and we got there without too much trouble. Another couple of hours later and I think it would have been a very different story. Later that afternoon we heard that the road we had used in the morning had been closed off. We had made the right decision. We’ll be back to Trilby Station some time in the future so we can have that look around.

Mud Covered Supreme Getaway

Mud Covered Supreme Getaway

Kidman Camp Bourke

We set up in a caravan park in Bourke. We don’t like caravan parks. We really don’t but this seemed to be the sensible option with the predicted rain. We stayed at Kidman Camp. We’ve been there before a few years ago in an earlier part of the year. It was a lot quieter last time. This time it was your typical caravan park abomination. Packed in like sardines with kids making a hell of a racket. we love kids and think it’s great that their parents are travelling around with them showing them our great country. As we get older we realise that we like the peace and quiet a lot more than we used to.

Kidman Camp Bourke

Kidman Camp Bourke

In the afternoon we went for a trip up the Darling River on a paddleboat. That was great and if you are in Bourke you should give it a go. The captain of the boat was awesome, he filled us in on heaps of things about the history of Bourke, this section of river in particular as well as environmental stuff. He also pointed out many different species of birds and knew a lot about each of them.

Aboard The PV Jandra On The Darling River At Bourke

Aboard The PV Jandra On The Darling River At Bourke

 

Darling River Run Wilcannia To Louth & Trilby Station

Darling River Run Wilcannia To Louth & Trilby Station

Darling River Run Wilcannia To Louth & Trilby Station

We travel the Darling River Run from Wilcannia to Louth with a stop off at the Tilpa Hotel and camp at Trilby Station. It is one of Australias most iconic touring routes and it’s a nice easy drive.

We got up nice and early and headed back in to Wilcannia for fuel and some basic supplies. Ice, some tomatoes, a loaf of bread and a few other bits and pieces. Then it was off along the Darling River towards Tilpa along the road on the Eastern side.

Heading Off On The W Tilpa Road

Heading Off On The W Tilpa Road

The W Tilpa Road – The Darling River Run

There’s not a whole lot to see along the road. You drive past a lot of stations and you don’t actually see the Darling River at all except for the treeline off in the distance. I sort of thought that the road would follow along the edge of the river but I guess having a bit of distance between the two helps with the road being open in times of flooding. Overall road conditions were pretty reasonable. Sections were corrugated, sections were rutted and there were of course the obligatory bulldust holes but overall it wasn’t too bad.

Selfie Out The Front Of The Tilpa Hotel

Selfie Out The Front Of The Tilpa Hotel

Tilpa Hotel

We stopped in at the Tilpa Hotel for a beer. It is a fantastic old pub with a lot of history. We sat out the back in the “beer garden” (was more like a backyard) and it would have been a great place to have spent the whole day if we’d had more time. We paid a $5 donation to the RFDS and the barmaid lent us a pen so we could add our signatures to the wall of the pub. Amanda put ours outside on the doorframe.

 

Signing The Wall Outside Of Tilpa Hotel

Signing The Wall Outside Of Tilpa Hotel

Louth

After leaving the pub we travelled another 100ks or so to Louth. Again the road was in reasonably good condition although there were a few beautiful, red sandy sections. We had a quick stop in at the hotel at Louth to get a bag of ice (which they were out of) and then it was across a bridge over the Darling River and off towards Trilby Station heading back down the western side of the river.

Crossing The Bridge At Louth On The Darling River Run

Crossing The Bridge At Louth On The Darling River Run

The western side road was very different to the east. The road on the western side was horribly corrugated and very badly rutted. We ended up driving most of the time in the spoon drains in an attempt to make things a bit smoother. It was a bit better, but still as rough as guts.

Corrugated Road To Trilby Station

Corrugated Road To Trilby Station

Trilby Station

Eventually we made it to Trilby Station. It’s a great old place with many camp sites available along the river. I think it was only about $25 a night. There’s plenty of firewood around for you to cut and most of the camp sites have ready made fire pits.

We set up and then Amanda sorted out a load of washing by hand and hung it up to dry on a length of clothesline I strung up between trees. Then we cooked up a beautiful massaman curry in the camp oven over an open fire.

Massaman Curry In The Camp Oven At Trilby Station On The Banks Of The Darling River

Massaman Curry In The Camp Oven At Trilby Station On The Banks Of The Darling River

All up it was a truly magnificent day. It was the kind of day I would love to replicate again at some time in the future.

Camping At Trilby Station On The Darling River

Camping At Trilby Station On The Darling River

How To Get There

We started this leg of the Darling River Run at Wilcannia but you could just as easily start at the other end from Bourke. Road Conditions on the Darling river Run vary greatly depending upon weather conditions and when they last received maintenance or where graded. One thing to keep in mind when travelling on these roads is to SLOW DOWN for cattle grids. A lot of the cattle grids are very narrow and have steep drop offs on both sides. Hit one of them at 80km/h and you will be calling for a very expensive tow. I have listed the travel distance and times to Wilcannia and points along this leg of the Darling River Run below.

Travel FromDistanceTime
Adelaide to Wilcannia714km07:53
Brisbane to Wilcannia1318km14:19
Canberra to Wilcannia804km08:58
Melbourne to Wilcannia814km08:49
Menindee to Wilcannia via Teryawynia-Ashmont Rd172km02:05
Sydney to Wilcannia via Dubbo946km10:50
Sydney to Wilcannia via Griffith1012km10:57
Wilcannia to Louth224km02:02
Wilcannia to Tilpa128km01:31
Bourke to Louth150km01:47
Tilpa Hotel We Visit An Iconic Aussie Outback Pub

Tilpa Hotel We Visit An Iconic Aussie Outback Pub

Tilpa Hotel We Visit An Iconic Aussie Outback Pub

View From The Beer Garden Behind The Tilpa Hotel

View From The Beer Garden Behind The Tilpa Hotel

Established in 1894 the Tilpa Hotel is one of the last remaining true bush pubs in Australia. Grown from river boat trade along the Darling River in outback NSW Australia. The Hotel at Tilpa was built over 100 years ago. A timber and corrugated iron building. Inside the inside walls are covered in messages and autographs placed by visitors in return for a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

We chucked some money in the donation jar and the barmaid lent us a texta so that Amanda could add her signature to one of the doorframes out the front. There are literally thousands of autographs and messages covering nearly every surface. It’s great to seen so many people have donated money to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Signing The Door Frame At The Tilpa Hotel

Signing The Door Frame At The Tilpa Hotel

We visited the Tilpa Pub – Hotel on our way along the Darling River Run. It’s a great old pub and well worth a stop in and a beer. We had a couple of light beers out the back in the beer garden that overlooks the Darling River. When we ere there the river was very low, almost empty in fact. It must be a magnificent when it’s full and running. The views from the beer garden of the bridge across the Darling River at Tilpa are just magic.

Where is the Tilpa Hotel

You will find the Hotel at Tilpa on Darling street at Tilpa. It is off the Tilpa Road on the northern side of the Darling River. You can get to it via Bourke to the east of via Wilcannia to the west.

AddressWeb SitePhone
1 Darling St, Tilpa NSW 2840https://www.tilpahotel.com/(02) 6837 3928

 Getting There

Travel FromDistanceTime
Bourke to Tilpa191km02:23
Wilcannia to Tilpa273km03:00
Broken Hill to Tilpa468km05:04
Sydney to Tilpa906km12:34