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The Hotel Francis

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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
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.

So, is it worth making the effort to visit the silos? You betcha! Read their story and watch them fade with the sunset. Breathtaking.

And if you chat with the friendly publican, he may just share the locality of two murals on railway pylons down by the river, which are well worth a short bushwalk to view.

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.

Go country: spend some money in these rural townships, see for yourself why the early poets romanticised the river systems and landscapes, and learn from the locals. Amazing.

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Why? Country pub with an authentic country feel and best ever scones.
When: 7 days a week. Well worth the effort
Phone: 07 46 259 188
Where: 16 Pine Street, Thallon
Your Comment
Every little town has a story which is often missed as we pass through. The Hotel Francis sounds like a good place for a lunch stop.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4270) 440 days ago
You’re right Neil. There are so many stories just waiting to be told. Thanks for dropping by:)
by May (score: 2|889) 440 days ago
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