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Tibooburra's brush with fameTibooburra's brush with fame

Tibooburra, the hottest, most isolated town in NSW, boasts a novel memorial to some of the biggest names in Australian art in one of its historically significant watering holes

Story Peter Austin Photos Darren Clark

Tibooburra's brush with fameIt's not every country pub that can treat its patrons to a no-charge exhibition by some of Australia's leading artists, but then, not every pub boasts the colourful history of the Family Hotel in Tibooburra in far north-west NSW. The Family Hotel is one of two hotels in this remote frontier township of 130-odd people, once the booming centre of a short-lived gold rush and now enjoying a revival as a popular stopover point for outback tourists.

Apart from its strategic location as the logical 'jumping off' point for travellers heading for the Corner Country or beyond, Tibooburra is a significant tourist drawcard itself, and the Family Hotel is part of that attraction. Visitors are drawn to the hotel today, not just to slake their thirst with a welcome stubby or two from the hands of host Peter Petrovich and his cheerful bar staff, but to soak up the ambience of this former artists' 'back of beyond' retreat. Story end

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