THIS PUB HAS ONE OF THE OLD­EST LIQUOR LI­CENCES IN AUS­TRALIA

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The build­ings within the Milparinka Her­itage Precinct are main­tained by a proud and ca­pa­ble bunch of vol­un­teers, and the for­mer courthouse is now the Milparinka Her­itage Cen­tre.

Spend a bit of time walk­ing around in the dry heat and the chances are you’ll end your walk at the Al­bert Ho­tel, just like we did. This pub has one of the old­est liquor li­cences in Aus­tralia, so it’s ob­vi­ously a good place to have a drink.

In con­trast to the sur­round­ing hot, dry land­scape, there’s a bit of green­ery around Milparinka, and the trees cre­ate some well-shaded camp­sites on the banks of Eve­lyn Creek, which was dry when we vis­ited, as it is most of the time.

Pub­li­cans Re­becca and Phillip Young, South Aus­tralians who have owned the Al­bert for 15 years, told us of their plans to im­prove the camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties with an ameni­ties block. How­ever, a more am­bi­tious plan is to bring Eve­lyn Creek back to its for­mer glory. Prior to the 1880s there was a large, semi-per­ma­nent water­hole, but in just a few years it was silted by min­ing ac­tiv­ity. Trees now grow where there was once a deep pool, and the Youngs plan to re­move the trees and dig out the water­hole to recre­ate the oa­sis it was when the Malian­gaapa peo­ple called this place home.

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