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Kyalite on the Wakool River, NSW, great for fishing...and more

Where all the rivers are fun...

About 1892 Henry Talbett established a ferry service on the Wakool River. It was common in those days and this business expanded into a shanty providing drinks, meals an accommodation to travellers.

In the mid 1850s the foundations to the original Wakool Hotel were laid on the banks of the Wakool River.

This building, of drop log construction, endured for almost 50 years. The existing hotel was constructed in the early 1900s.

Originally known as Wakool the district name was changed to Kyalite in the mid 1920s. while the meaning of Kyalite has been lost it is believed to have ben the name given to the Edward River by local Aboriginals.

With its famous pub at the hub, Kyalite is a small country centre of about 30 people.

To the recreational camper and fisherman Kyalite is known for its extensive State Forests and endless river systems. There are four major river, the Wakool, Edward, Murray and the Murrumbidgee only a few minutes drive from the front door of the pub.

The Edward and Wakool Rivers enjoy a reputation as the best Murray Cod waters in Australia. The Murray River is approximately 6km and closest town on the Murray to Kyalite is Tooleybuc between Robinvale and Swan Hill.

The Kyalite Pub

Kyalite HotelThe Kyalite is a small pub with a big reputation.

Wherever you are, try it.

Ask the bushie or the townie, in Bendigo, or Renmark, Alice Springs or Mungerannie. Have beer in The Old Royal at Broken Hill, The Globe at Ballarat, or the Parap in Darwin or just strike up a conversation with the bloke in the street, it's a fair bet you'll find a mate who has had a beer at Kyalite.

A bush pub with character and feeling. It has been the welcome home and stopover for the tough hardy men and women who pioneered this country. Kyalite has seen the good times an bad, the droughts, the bumper crops, the depressions an the booms.

Kyalite HotelKen and Vicki became the proud owners in 1989. Ever since has been an on going restoration program. As near as practical the hotel has been restored to its original appearance.

Today customers can relax with an ice cold drink and 'read' the pub walls. You will find a full photo history of the pub, complimented with hunting weapons and tools of trade used by our original Bushmen.

The Pub was built before daily newspapers, before radio or TV. Before customers watched live news and sporting events on the other side of the world. Imagine what the Kyalite's first customers would have said if they were told this would come to pass.

Phone the pub on (03) 5038 2221.

Sit back and absorb the atmosphere of one of Australia's most famous pubs.

Kyalite Caravan Park

A part of the hotel complete is the Caravan Park. A quiet friendly park a few minutes from your choice of four rivers and endless State Forests. Explore the bush. The park offers a range of cabins from luxury self contained with ensuites to bunk house units ideal for groups.

  • All cabins equipped with fridges and cooking (You supply bedding)
  • Caravan Park is fully grassed
  • Barbeque
  • Stacks of room for the kids
  • Laundry
  • Ice and barbeque gas exchange
  • Tent sites
  • Caravan storage and sites for permanent on-sites
  • No Road pressure. Just next door to the pub. Stroll up to enjoy a quiet drink and meal with your family or mates.

Restocking the rivers

Since 1990 the Kyalite Pub has been restocking local waters with native fingerlings the fishing has never been better. Next time you call into the bar support the Pubs' restocking program.


Campers are advised that while they are very welcome to use the State Forests in the area these are also occupied by farmers with grazing leases. Campers should be aware of any stock and the golden rule of the bush leave all gates shut. If in any doubt simply ask. Please leave your camp site clean. The hotel provides a rubbish trailer. You are welcome to leave any rubbish in this.

Kyalite Pub's General Store

In typical Aussie Bush style the Kyalite caters with everything for everyone.

  • The pub has a fully stocked general store that provides: The dailies, bread, milk, papers, deli supplies.
  • For the fisherman, rods, reels, tackle, bait, yabbie traps.
  • Campers needs. Everything you need for camping out on the river.
  • Hardware and electrical, automotive and batteries. Gas appliances and accessories.

You will require a NSW Fishing Licence


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