Built on the present pub site, Whorouly’s first hotel was a rambling wooden building with a shingle roof; later an iron roof was placed over the shingles. It was built by the first publican Michael Dodd. Like many of the old watering holes it burnt down and the present concrete hotel was built by publican Sinclair in the early 1930s.
One of the most important things about a good country pub is the people you meet, on both sides of the bar. Publicans Graham and Jennifer are always ready with a warm welcome and a cold beer. Cooking up a storm in the kitchen is Kylie and making sure the mail makes it through is Corina. And generally on the other side of the bar we have an array of friendly locals more than happy to spin a yarn or two…
Whorouly (wor-our-lee), as the name suggests, is aboriginal in origin and is understood to mean ‘underwater’. It is a fitting name for the area that has experienced several great floods over the years. In 1870 a big flood caused some of the settlers to move their homes to the hills. In 1974 and 1993 the area was again covered in water…