Family Hotel, Tibooburra

Corner Country Accommodation

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Welcome to the Family Hotel!

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Few pubs in Australia are more iconic than the Family Hotel in Tibooburra and few places are more welcoming than the Corner Country town of Tibooburra.

The hotel, run by Melissa and William Thomson who have owned it since 2013, was built in 1882 by Francis Bladon. Originally it was known as the Tattersall’s Hotel but its name changed to Downie's Family Hotel in 1887. Despite having eighteen owners in its 128 year history, it has always retained ‘Family’ in its title.

The Cobb & Co network once had the hotel as a base and some of the original horse stables remain standing today.

Constructed of locally quarried sandstone with a veranda along the front, the hotel has become famous as the outback pub with murals on the walls. During the 1960s Australian artists Clifton Pugh, Russell Drysdale and others spent several weeks painting in the outback. Using the Family Hotel as a base, and the outback as their inspiration, they added their own style of art to walls within the hotel.


Over the years, other artists have contributed their works, making the walls a 'living' art gallery.

The Family Hotel kitchen is open for breakfast by request, counter lunches available from 12-2pm and then for home cooked evening meals from 6-9pm.

Our Town

  • The most isolated town in NSW, Tibooburra is the ultimate destination of those travelling to the Corner Country and beyond. Originally named The Granites due to the ancient granite tors that surround the village, Tibooburra formed part of the Albert goldfields. Life in the Albert goldfields was tough and life in Tibooburra was no exception.



Accommodation at the Family Hotel

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family hotel 02Hotel Accommodation:

There is accommodation to suit all budgets, catering for rallies and motorbike riders. There are six comfortable air-conditioned pub rooms with televisions and kitchenettes.

Price Range. Per night. Subject to change and availability.

Six pub rooms are available (single, twin, double) all air-conditioned with a television and common kitchenette.

Laundry facilities include washing machines and dryer.

Facilities: Air Conditioning, Blankets, Television, Kitchenette, Non Smoking Room, Shared bathroom.

Motel Accommodation:

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family hotel 04There are 12 cabin motel rooms with en suite, television and air-conditioning. Wheelchair friendly room for those who need one. The hotel has laundry facilities and public shower.

Price Range. Single, double, twin, family and wheelchair friendly rooms available. Subject to change and availability.
Air-conditioned cabin style motel rooms with en suite, and tea and coffee making facilities. 12 rooms available in many configurations. Off street parking.

A wheelchair friendly room with large bathroom and living room is available.

Facilities: Air Conditioning, Balcony, Blankets, Clock Radio, Clothes Dryer, En suite, Heating, Iron/Ironing board, Refrigerator, Television.


Things to Do

Things to do at Tibooburra:

Guests and visitors can be as easy going, laidback, relaxed or busy as the want.

  • Outdoor Pastoral Museum
  • Courthouse Museum
  • Tibooburra Aboriginal Keeping Place
  • The Granites walking track
  • Middle Road drive
  • Wells walk
  • Gorge Loop Road drive
  • Sturt National Park
  • The Jump Ups
  • Mount Wood Summit walking track
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Getting Here

Getting to Tibooburra

The Family Hotel is located on the main street of Tibooburra - on the left hand side if travelling from Broken Hill.

Driving to Tibooburra

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Tibooburra.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway <> Gwydir Highway <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,334km approx

From Sydney:

Castlereagh Highway > Mitchell Highway <> Adventure Way <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,179km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Highway <> Silver City Highway (10% Unsealed): Distance = 1,169km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway (10% Unsealed): Distance = 849km approx


Touring Routes

Touring Routes

  • How outback do you want to go? The Corner Explorer touring route is one for the adventurer. While this involves outback driving on unsealed roads, it is possible to do it in a conventional vehicle (although a higher clearance SUV is probably better). On trips like this, always phone ahead to get an update on road conditions.


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