TOOBORAC HOTEL AND BREWERY

 

ABOUT

Tooborac Hotel is a country hotel circa 1857 with an onsite Brewery.  It is the oldest National Trust listed country pub in Victoria - renowned for being family friendly with a warm and inviting atmosphere.  An ideal destination for clubs, groups and families.

Meals are served every day with Lunch between 12 and 2:30pm and Dinner between 6:00pm and 8:30pm.

We welcome small tours of our brewery. Please get in touch if you're interested in a behind the scenes look.

 

things we love

Tooborac, Heathcote and the surrounding areas have fantastic establishments and attractions.  From the wineries of Mc Ivor EstateMerindoc to the water attractions of Lake Eppalock or the walking tracks of the Pink Cliffs at Heathcote.  Plan a visit to our fabulous hotel and brewery, attend one of our upcoming events, a quiet meal beside an open fireplace or a picnic on the large lawn.

For more information please call us or visit these regional sites.

 
 
 

HISTORY

Tooborac Hotel is a heritage listed building built in 1857, whilst the brewery is housed in the rebuilt Cobb and Co stables of the same era.  History and tradition run through the foundations of the buildings with solid bluestone walls in the main building, to the open beams in the brewery.  The atmosphere can take you on a journey back to the times when a open fire was the main source of heat in the hotel.  Local materials, such as granite and roughly sawn timber, were used to construct the outside picnic and eating areas.

Bush rangers roamed the region in the 1850s holding up stagecoaches on the way to the goldfields in the Heathcote and Bendigo regions.  The Tooborac Hotel played its part with stables for Cobb and Co coaches.  Weary travellers and horses stopped at the hotel so they could have a rest from the harsh travelling conditions of that time.  Stories of ghosts haunting the hotel, such as that of a part-time bush ranger and local rabbit trapper, whose jingling chains from his rabbit traps can be heard in the middle of a dark night.  Or the jangling of lock-up keys on the belt of the constable who shot the trapper in the upstairs hallway. Others say it is from the knocking knees of the long-past drinkers who witnessed the shooting of Bunny the trapper who fell in a hail of bullets.

It’s only a few of the old locals who remember this story being passed down.  And, even though there is no written history to verify their belief, you can tell from their eyes they know it’s true.

There’s a lot more history to the Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.  Stop in for a drop and see for yourself. But don’t ask to meet Bunny the Trapper.

 

 
 

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