The Ettamogah Pub is a cartoon pub that was featured in the now defunct Australasian Post magazine. The cartoonist Ken Maynard, loving empty spaces and having nothing around him, enjoyed an area just outside of Albury at Table Top, named Ettamogah, thus christening the name of his now famous pub the “Ettamogah Pub” . The first “Ettamogah Pub” of a chain of such pubs was built there and copies now exist in various parts of Australia including Sydney, the Sunshine Coast and Cunderdin.
The pub was built by businessman Lindsay Cooper and first opened in 1987. The aim was to create a themed family restaurant which would become a tourist icon. The timber building featured sloping walls and a distinctive architectural style true to the original cartoon design.
The second Ettamogah Pub opened at the Aussie World theme park at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast in 1989. It was opened by then Premier Mike Ahern. Construction took nine months and it cost $4.5 million. A 1927 Chevy sits atop the roof of the building. This follows flood in the cartoon after which the owners couldn’t be bothered to remove the vehicle. To celebrate its 21st year of operations the pub began brewing and selling its own beer
Its an icon as you travel down the Bruce Highway and easily accessible when traveling from Brisbane to the Sunshine coast. Its well worth a visit and a break and a quaint Australian icon decorated with original cartoons and australiana from the cartoons.