30 January, 2024

Linville Hotel shortlisted for best Aussie Pub

The Linville Hotel is celebrating after being named one of the six best pubs in Australia, for those on an RV road trip.

Rhaan from the Linville Hotel.
Rhaan from the Linville Hotel.

This historic Brisbane Valley pub has been shortlisted in the 2023 Best Pub Stay category in the Grey Nomad Awards, after thousands of public votes were received.

Awards Director, Kim Morgan, said the Grey Nomad Awards shine a light on coastal, inland, regional and remote Australia, by rewarding businesses and destinations which cater to mature age travellers in an exemplary way.

Ms Morgan said that, while the Best Pub Stay category had been part of the Awards since their inception five years ago, this was the first time that the public was given the opportunity to determine the six finalists from a shortlist of 16 nationally, which had been identified by tourism leaders.

“Swapping to a public vote to determine finalists and winners really highlighted the things that travellers cherish when looking for a good pub – somewhere to stay on site with plenty of flat room, a tasty good-value meal, and importantly, friendly locals,” Ms Morgan said.

She said the Awards foster a better lifestyle for over 50s, while providing verified information which guides travellers’ decisions on where to visit, play and stay.

“With all regions in Australia ‘open’ fully to travellers for the first full year since the pandemic, 2023 proved to be an extremely busy and, therefore, challenging one, for those wanting to welcome grey nomads,” she said.

“Amidst such times, with often chaotic visitor numbers, pub managers and tourism operators had to dig deep to find the extra energy needed to maintain a focus on excellence. That is why we want to give a special shout out to the Linville Hotel and all the other finalists for demonstrating an unmatched commitment to excellence.”

The 2023 Grey Nomad Awards incorporated 14 categories, with only the Best Pub Stay determined by public vote.

“All other categories were again judged by tourism professionals, some of whom have experienced the grey nomad lifestyle personally,” Ms Morgan said.

There were two new categories: Best Grey Nomad Town, for those communities that offer a must stay and play place for mature-age travellers; and Best Foodie Experience, for any operators or eateries that provide an epic food-centred experience for travellers and want to taste success.

National and state winners in all categories will be announced at a gala dinner celebration on Friday March 8, as part of the Art of Attraction Tourism Summit on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Ozzie and Paul from the Linville Hotel.
Ozzie and Paul from the Linville Hotel.

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