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The Grand Old Lady

Established in 1879, the North Gregory Hotel – the Queen of the Outback – has an impressive history. The first public performance of Waltzing Matilda was here on April 6 1895, while clandestine 1920s meetings saw the launch of a little airline named QANTAS… Lyndon Johnson stayed here, when forced to ditch his plane during World War II, and the dining room features original etchings by acclaimed artist Daphne Mayo.

This deco darling is in its fourth incarnation, heritage steeped in her bones, and while the Queen has a past to be proud of, she has a very clear plan for the future… Leading the the pack in contemporary outback accommodation and entertainment, paddock-to-plate cuisine and remote area food provenance, the famous North Gregory Hotel is a stylish solution for the ultimate outback experience, a place to stay that embodies the past from the comfort of the now.

Winton is more than just a town. The dinosaur capital of Australia, it is a place where movies stars shine, the Jolly Swagman was born, and QANTAS launched. And at the heart of Winton stands the FAMOUS NORTH GREGORY HOTEL.

Established in 1879, the hotel has a rich history. It was here that Australia’s unofficial national anthem, Waltzing Matilda, was played in public for the first time.  During the 1920s, secret meetings took place at the hotel, as Winton locals met to form a small airline called QANTAS. The hotel has also served as the backdrop for international affairs. It was here that Lyndon B. Johnson stayed when his plane was forced to land in the Outback during World War 2.

Many have passed through her doors over the years, each leaving their mark in some way. And as travellers continue to seek her out, who can predict what history will unfold here in future? There are Outback hotels, then there is Winton’s Grand Old Lady.
This true AUSSIE battler has survived fires, drought, and hardship to become a national icon. Home to Australia’s only Outback Film Festival, it was here that Waltzing Matilda was first performed, and QANTAS was formed.

Experience Queensland’s Outback in the style of yesteryear, while enjoying the comfort of today. With twenty-nine air-conditioned rooms and fifteen non-powered caravan sites, there are packages suitable for all budgets. Onsite, you’ll find TAB and Keno services, a bottle shop, pokies, laundromat, a private cinema, and a hairdresser.

We welcome you to come dine with us in the Daphne Mayo Dining Room, Musical Fence Cafe, and Horseshoe Bar. Relax in Banjo’s Beer Garden, gaze up at the stars and share stories in front of our Outback BBQ campfire.

Winton’s Grand Old Lady is always active, with a large number of events and activities on offer to appeal to guests of all ages. Family friendly, the Gregory will make sure that your kids are never bored. Whether it’s designing a dinosaur, or watching a movie, the Gregory has them covered.

Keep your eye out for our friendly ghost Edgar Peters. Boy, does the old settler like to joke around. Just never leave out a bottle of Port…

Located in the centre of town, the NORTH GREGORY HOTEL is the perfect place to air your boots and hang your hat while you explore Winton and beyond. Consider joining a trip out with the VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK TOURS — you’ll experience more than you could on your own. There are Outback hotels, then there is the FAMOUS NORTH GREGORY HOTEL.


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