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Hotels Touring Route project team to visit Bourke, Cobar & Walgett

Local poet Andrew Hull is the brains behind the historic pubs touring route. Photo TWH

Keep an eye out for a travelling team set to hit the area later this year to undertake stakeholder workshops for the Far West Historic Hotels Touring Route project for the Bourke, Cobar, and Walgett Shires.

The group will be out and about talking to locals and visiting sites as part of an initiative of the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO).

The FNWJO comprises the three shire councils of Walgett, Bourke, and Cobar, covering some 110,000 square kilometres or 13.5% of the total area of NSW.

The Hotels Touring Route project is headed up by well-known Bourke local, Andrew Hull. Andrew has a long history of storytelling in the west including working with routes such as the Poets Trek, Bourke Maritime Trail, Bourke Cemetery Tour, and the Darling River Run.

Andrew said the project aims to celebrate and encourage visitors to explore the history, heritage, and contemporary values of the Great Australian Bush Watering Hole.

“The Australian hotel is as iconic to the Australian Outback landscape as red dirt,” he said.

“Across the shires of Walgett, Bourke and Cobar, there are over 250 sites where they exist, or once stood, and while we can’t access many of these sites, they have fascinating stories attached to them, and it’s the stories that count.”

“The legacy of their existence and the sites of what remains, are like remote monuments to the creation of Australia, and the identity of the Outback, and they literally archive the narrative of western NSW”. […]

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