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Published June 1st 2021
If you want to escape the Big Smoke do it with some culture
We recently took time out to enjoy a five day road trip travelling through Southern Country Queensland following the Painted Silos and Murals Trail - see here.
As well as the artwork, we enjoyed learning more about the history of our country and the hospitality of country folk, discovering which township had the best bakery, and of course, soaking up the ambience of country pubs.
One of our favourite pubs was the Francis Hotel at Thallon, 570 kms west of Brisbane. Never heard of it? Why would you? With a population of roughly 250, it isn't a consumers dream town, with limited facilities.
And don't go thinking we are a pair of old soaks. We'd driven from Goondiwindi on the New South Wales border to view the silos and were quite content to sit on hot coffees and the best homemade fruit scones I've ever tasted. I actually made the mistake of sharing my joy in these scones with a local in the next town. Turns out she was involved in the local CWA and was setting off to check out the competition for herself.
The Dining Room of the Francis Hotel is open for family-friendly meals 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is available for hotel guests or by arrangement. Clean budget accommodation is available and the hotel also has tourist information about attractions in the vicinity. You can also enjoy your refreshments outside under the shade of a tree, country style.
The Francis Hotel is located at 16 Pine Street, Thallon. For all those Grey Nomads, there is free camping near the silos, but give yourselves a break and enjoy a feed at the pub. The park on the opposite side of the road is perfect for those travelling with little people.