West Wimmera Pub Directory (West Wimmera Pub Crawl)
There’s simply no better place to tap into the psyche of a small country town than the local pub.
And while they build ‘em tough out West Wimmera way, take one step into any of its historic hotels and you’ll be greeted with nothing but warmth and enthusiasm by local characters here for a yarn, a cold drink, a feed and a meat raffle.
Commercial Hotel Taking centre stage at Kaniva’s main roundabout is this landmark brown-brick corner pub. Dating back to 1927, here at this grand two-story building you can take your pick from its old-fashioned front bar, a ladies lounge, back bistro, billiards room or even a 1980s ballroom.
Club Hotel A fixture along Kaniva’s main drag is this handsome little pub that recently received a stylish refit as part of a TV renovation show. Don’t miss its beer garden, which is enlivened by a vibrant mural depicting a favourite fallen son who fought in the Vietnam War.
Goroke Hotel Re-opened in 2022, this family-oriented country pub offers a wide range of refreshments, including cold beer on tap, a diverse selection of premium wines and spirits, and delectable Italian-style meals served in the bistro from 5pm until late. The hotel also offers a fantastic counter lunch pub menu.
Hermitage Hotel Reputed to be Victoria’s oldest inland pub is this impressive hotel that dates back to 1848. And what a beauty it is, standing gracefully like a ye olde fashioned inn where very little has changed in 170-odd years. Popular with tourists and locals alike, it’s a lively spot with good food, quality wines and well priced accommodation and it is the home of the annual Harrow Sound and Light show.
Dergholm Pub in the Scrub Manifesting from the bush is Dergholm’s ‘pub in the scrub’. This is a bona fide outback hotel, filled with a colourful cast of locals here to whet their whistle over a friendly yarn. Come by Sundays for its woodfired pizzas that are famous all over the shire.
Lake Wallace Hotel In a one-pub town you have to make it count, so fortunately Edenhope’s Lake Wallace gets the job done with a cosy fire, beautiful meals made from local fresh produce and cold beer to go with a family-friendly outback atmosphere.
Border Inn (temporarily closed) Featuring an attractive art-deco façade, this much-loved watering hole is worth travelling to Apsley alone for. In a great display of community spirit, the pub was saved by a syndicate of local farmers who chipped in together to buy it. And while it’s being handed on to new owners now, when up and running, it’ll be one of West Wimmera’s finest.