The classic Boys’ Weekend Away is a near-sacred tradition. Often difficult to negotiate with partners and loved ones, they are hard earned and come at a high cost – in brownie points at the very least. Here then is a little Mancation inspiration: the best of the best of boys’ weekends in Australia. So unwind, enjoy, and remember . . . it’s all in the name of manly fun. Words by AT Staff, edited by Craig Roberts
Think of most pub-crawl holidays with you and your mates and a picture instantly forms – one of wandering unfamiliar city streets, barely noticing the sights as you head for the next thumping pub to order the next non-descript beer. But not so on this pub-crawl.
While all outback pub-crawls will include the crisp, refreshing beer that is the natural prerequisite for a great bonding session with mates, there may be a long time between drinks as you fly hundreds of kilometres to reach your next drinking pit stop. Yes, that’s right: fly, in a chartered plane, with your very own pilot. So say goodbye to all the homeless bums and drunken fights usually witnessed on urban beer odysseys and say hello to a bird’s eye view of the scorched deserts that make Australia such an awe-inspiring country. This is no ordinary weekend booze-up.
Several operators spread throughout the country offer aerial pub-crawls and their itineraries include bush tucker, historic sites, art galleries, wildlife, nature and mine tours. More importantly, though, there will be drinking. And at some of Australia’s most remote locations too: Innamincka, Birdsville, Andamooka, Wilpena Pound, the Dig Tree, Silverton, Tibooburra, White Cliffs, Mungerannie and Lake
Say goodbye to all the homeless bums and drunken fights usually witnessed on urban beer odysseys and say hello to a bird’s eye view of the scorched deserts.
Eyre’s William Creek to name just a few. Not to mention some of the oldest, including the North Star in the Flinders Ranges and the original Resch’s brewery in Wilcannia. Itineraries are completely flexible and are tailored to suit the drinkers, the culture vultures and the naturalists in us all.
This isn’t just a chance to blow the froth off a few cold ones. You’ll gather yarns from locals to last you years to come, all while bearing witness to the sheer mind-boggling vastness of the outback.
Brag Factor // Show people you set the trends, not follow them. After this aerial odyssey, how many people will be able to match your extensive list of Aussie pubs visited?
Partner Pitch // “Hon, you should be grateful. I doubt there’ll be any competition for you in outback Australia” Alternatively, simply purchase her some sparkling opal earrings in between sipping from the teat of the amber nectar beast.
Details // Banksia Adventures run a 5-day $5808pp Great Aussie Pub Tour that departs Adelaide daily (www.banksia-adventures.com.au, 08 8431 9311), while Lillydale Airport runs $1200pp tours of the Yarra Valley and beyond (www.lilydaleairport.com.au, 03 9739 1211).