The Australian Heritage Hotel was originally located on George Street, next to where the Museum of Contemporary Art now stands.
On 12th August 1824, The Sydney Gazette announced that the Australian Heritage Hotel was officially opened for business on George Street. When the plague hit Sydney in 1900, many buildings were pulled down to prevent further outbreaks, including the Australian Hotel. The license was then transferred to a new building located on the Archaeological site nearby at 116 Cumberland Street.
100 years on, the Australian Heritage Hotel remains, one of the most intact pubs in Sydney & locals favourite watering holes.The building is a unique, attractive and well preserved example of Edwardian style architecture with quality and taste present throughout the hotel, from the tiling through to the tap faucets. The Australian Heritage Hotel still has many of its pre-existing features, such as the metal awnings, etched signage and saloon style bar doors.
The Hotel is listed on the State Heritage register and the Conservation and Heritage Register for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority; it is also listed on these non-statutory Heritage registers:
Register for the National Estate
Register of the National Trust of Australia (NSW)
Royal Australian Institute of Architects Register of 20th Century Buildings of Significance.
More than 100 craft beers
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What people are saying about the Australian
We walked past this pub on the way to our room and liked the atmosphere so went back for dinner. Lots of unusual pizza toppings-we got the crispy bacon-and great beers on tap. We went on a Friday night which was packed but we found a small table and people watched. What a blast!
I recently took a group of overseas students to The Australian for an Aussie lunch to celebrate the end of their course and it was a huge success! Our tables were ready for us, the wait staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful, the food arrived quickly and it was delicious. My students were thrilled to try kangaroo & crocodile pizza and there was much snapping on iPhones to send pics back home to mum! I would certainly recommend the food here and will certainly be back!
Brilliant selection of pizzas. Very tasty and quick. Beers were cold, what more could you expect! Great atmosphere throughout the pub and footpath. Great for a meal.