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Shout a beer for a stranger

A night in any outback pub is an eye-opener. A session in the front bar of the Prairie Hotel can

prove epic.This is where graziers, shearers, pilots, hedge-fund billionaires, movie stars and anyone who happens to be passing gathers for a drink. The 1890 verandah looks over plains of scrubby desert and by the time the sun is making silhouettes of the Flinders Ranges, the front bar - hung with memorabilia from 135 years of good nights gone before - becomes a beacon of light and noise. Sometimes there's music, often there's laughter and about 8pm an airhorn sounds, emptying the bar so everyone can wave at the coal train as it thunders past en route to Port Augusta.Of course, the Prairie has put itself on the map for more civilised reasons than cold beer: its kitchen serves dishes spiced with desert ingredients and a now-famous feral mixed grill; it's been a movie location for the likes of Jane Campion and Phillip Noyce; and its accommodation, including four-star suites, is smart and comfortable. Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au/best-of-australia-50-unforgettable-adventures-20048#ixzz4gg5cXkNo Follow us: @TravellerAU on Twitter | TravellerAU on Facebook
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