Forget the Aussie dream of owning your own home; try owning your own outback pub.
There are but a handful of people who reside in Silverton, the New South Wales desert town with an iconic pub. Now two of its most important residents are about to leave and sell up.
Now in their seventies, Peter and Patsy Price are pulling up stumps on Silverton and selling their famous pub, and if no one buys them out, the population is about to plummet.
Locals say the hotel has proven a tourist magnet to the region, having played backdrop to some of the nation’s most iconic films, among them; Mad Max, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and A Town Like Alice.
The Prices have collected a treasure trove of star-studded photographs and memorabilia over the years from their brushes with cinematic fame.
The pictures adorning the historic venue feature a who’s who of Australian screen legends, from Mel Gibson to Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward.
“[Here is] Mel Gibson sitting at the bar playing cards. I kept the curtains because they are in all the movies,” Peter tells A Current Affair.
Astonishingly, the outback drinking hole attracts around 120,000 tourists each year — not bad for a dusty country pub.
Patsy’s family came from Silverton originally, and her and Peter would visit each year before they made the decision to snap up the town’s most prized piece of real estate.
“When we bought it, I said to Patsy we better go and see how you run a pub,” Peter laughs.
“So off we went to three little country pubs and said to each other that’s not how you do it.”
The duo transformed the place into what it is today.
“Three-hundred meals a day through school holidays, and we employ 12 staff – we have really kicked it along from that little country pub.”
But while Peter and Patsy have made a pretty penny out of their pub, there’s been something missing in the couple’s lives.
“There’s a good buck in it but you don’t get time to spend [it], no holidays. So you do a 10 year stint, save your money and go away to spend it all,” Peter says.
Now, the ‘For Sale’ sign is up and they’re looking to fetch a nice retirement sum for the old girl. “We’re looking at around two and a half million for it.”
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