The Australian outback pub made famous by the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee is up for sale. The Walkabout Creek Hotel, in the small town of McKinlay in the northeast state of Queensland, was made a popular tourist attraction by the film, but owner Paul Collins says he is looking for a change after 23 years.
In the movie, the Walkabout Creek Hotel is the favourite watering hole for knife-wielding hero Mick “Crocodile” Dundee played by Paul Hogan. The hotel – built in 1900 – was originally known as the Federal Hotel, but later changed its name to that used in the film.
Collins said he loved working in the remote location, but it would take a special kind of person to take on the 18-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week job.
“I’ve been running it for 23 years, it’s time for a change and a break,” he told the AFP news agency.
“It’s a different pub, it’s in a remote location. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea,” he said, adding, “But there has been some pretty strong interest to date. It’s a good pub.”
The pub is packed with memorabilia and photographs from the now cult film and is a popular stopping-off point for tourists who travel between Brisbane and Darwin.
The movie and the location helped provide a good-humoured representation at about the time of the Australian Bicentennial, parodying Australians and their culture in comedy fashion. References can now be found throughout popular culture, including The Simpsons.
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