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Saturday, January 22, 2011

The smallest pub in the world-Australia

The smallest pub bar none

JOHN ANDERSEN  |  
THE smallest bar in the world is only a three-hour drive northwest of Townsville.
The bar at the Oasis Roadhouse at Lynd Junction measures 1.37m by 1.42m, which means it's no place for a bar room brawl or for anyone in a mind to a swing a cat.
That doesn't mean it doesn't see plenty of action. There's been an 80-person roadworks camp set up next door to the roadhouse for the past 12 months and business has been brisk.
The roadhouse sits just off the Gregory Development Rd "threeways", 112km south of Mt Garnet.
It's 53km north of Greenvale, 270km north of Hughenden, 76km south-east of Einasleigh and 400km north-west of Townsville.
Roadtrain drivers carting cattle to the Townsville meatworks stop there for a meal. Just about anyone travelling past pulls in for fuel or just to see a human face.
Laurel Royes from The Oasis said the men in the road camp working on the Gregory and Kennedy development road upgrades made their own fun every Friday night.
"One bloke brings his computer over and they have a karaoke night," she said.
"They've packed the bar out plenty of times, but it's not hard to pack out. Mostly they sit out the front."
In 1992, 22 people taking part in a car rally packed into the bar, creating what was then an all-time record.
In 2004 though, the record was smashed when 25 members of the Royes family packed into the tiny space one Christmas.
Ms Royes said travellers, including backpackers and wealthy tourists from all parts of Europe, often stopped at the roadhouse.
Laurel Royes pours a beer at the Oasis Roadhouse at Lynd Junction

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