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Published February 10th 2020
Escape the city for great meals & music at Dag Pub
The township of D'Aguilar is in the rural locality of Moreton Bay Region with Caboolture to its south and Woodford to its northeast. Situated right on the D'Aguilar Highway is the D'Aguilar Hotel/Motel, or the Dag Pub as it is locally known. The town was named after Major General Sir George D'Aguilar, who was a military officer and author of the army textbook – Regulations and Punishments of the British Army, which was in use at the time of the town's establishment.
The D'Aguiilar Hotel (Dag Pub) Author's Photo
Once named The Bushman's Arms, it was then positioned at the bottom of the range and was a popular stopover for coach travellers. After the railway was constructed, the then publican John Casey decided to uproot the pub and move it to its current location opposite the railway station. A photograph of the Bushman's Arms can be seen on the wall near the gaming machines.
Dag Pub's Restaurant (Author's Photo)
Today the Dag Pub has been refurbished and consists of a drive-in bottle shop, detached motel, pool room, restaurant, large entertainment area and outdoor beer garden. The undercover area can seat up to 120 people which is great for functions such as weddings, birthdays and special events. Many live music events come to the Dag Hotel and on these occasions, the area can easily accommodate 350 people. The Sunday afternoon sessions often entice city folk to come up for lunch, ice-cold drinks and quality music.
The weekend I visited, Country Singer Catherine Britt and her Bush Pub Tour was playing on the Saturday night. I was very impressed with the undercover area, which gave room for people to sit at tables and still had plenty of room for rows of chairs, where everyone had a good view of the stage. Other events coming up can be sourced here.
I decided to book a room at the motel when I booked my ticket and I was so glad I did, as the motel was booked out by others who had the same idea as me; to drive up, have dinner and watch the show. The rooms were very clean and well furnished with everything that would allow someone to stay a few days; microwave, kettle, TV, air-conditioning and a very comfortable bed. The towels were nice and soft, neatly presented and the bathroom had free body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
Room No. 4 D'Aguilar Motel (Author's Photo)
Dinner was served in the restaurant at 5.30 pm, however, on arrival, I was advised to come early to grab a table as Saturday nights were busy. And they certainly were! The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating for my needs and my meal of Roast Pork and Vegetables was delicious. The menu for lunch and dinner was very comprehensive and a few specials were written on the board near the kitchen.
Overall, it was a very good decision to drive up to D'Aguilar, enjoy great country artists, stay overnight and be refreshed the next day for driving home or checking country towns such as Dayboro or calling into the Old Petrie Town Markets, of which I did the latter.
Old Petrie Town Markets (Author's Photo)
For more information, you can go to the D'Aguilar Hotel/Motel Website to see all they offer for a weekend getaway. D'Aguilar is approximately one-hour drive from the Brisbane CBD.