VICTORIA'S most outback pub is on the market.
The Werrimull Hotel, 60km southwest of Mildura and 600km northwest of Melbourne, has the distinction of being being the furthest from the state's capital.
- WERRIMULL HOTEL
- Property: commercial/hotel
- Price: $460,000-$490,000
- Agent: Elders, Mildura
- Contact: Martin Williams, 0429 695 280
In the heart of the Millewa, the Werrimull Hotel is the last before the South Australian border on a stretch of road from the Sunraysia district.
To the north lies the Murray River and to the south, the Murray Sunset National Park.
But despite its remote location, the pub is never short of friendly bar flies and blow-ins and booking ahead for accommodation is always recommended, especially around harvest, publican Sue Jewson said.
"We get a lot of really interesting people who want to hop off the highway, car clubs that make day trips from Mildura, and wonderful support from our local community," Sue said.
"It's a terrific place and we don't really want to sell, but it's a just a little bit big for two people to run seven days a week."
Formerly farmers at Quambatook, Sue and husband Leigh bought the pub in 2008 and have since revamped it.
Built in 1938, the hotel has 10 rooms for couples or families, five bathrooms, renovated kitchen, function room, dining area, beer garden, underground cellar, two coolrooms and redgum bar with rustic appeal.
Sue and Leigh dish up 250 to 300 meals a week - and as many as 100 meals on busy nights - and believe the opportunity to further grow the business is there.
The pub is at its busiest during harvest, from late October to late December, but also attracts trail bike riders keen on exploring the national parks in the cooler months and those heading on or returning from an outback adventure.
Another popular time of the year is the Australia Day holiday, which is marked with yabby races and sulky (harness) racing.
There's also competition darts from October to March and competition pool from April to September.
"It's an absolutely fantastic community; the odd stubby holder disappears but that's about it. Nothing ever gets broken into around here," Sue said.
The pub is offered for sale with all stock at value and a list of plant and equipment figures is available on request.