Last weekend, The Ironclad Hotel, the only pub in Marble Bar, Western Australia, closed its doors for good. The town, with a population of just 300, is barely a dot on the map of the vast Pilbara region, and has no dedicated off-licence. Supermarkets in Australia are not allowed to sell liquor.
Temperatures in the town regularly top 113F and the average maximum temperature exceeds normal human body temperature for six months of the year.
So thirsty residents in search of a “tinnie”, or cold beer, were forced to drive more than an hour by car to Nullagine. But now that pub is running low on supplies.
Brett Powter, manager of Nullagine’s only pub, the Conglomerate Hotel, said that a quarter of Marble Bar’s residents had made the long journey so far – and he expects to run out of beer before his next delivery…
The high demand for beer and rum has almost emptied The Conglomerate’s cellars. Mr Powter expects to run out of beer before the next delivery is scheduled to arrive.
“I’ve got 10 cartons of XXXX (Fourex) and that’s it,” he said.
“I’ve got wine left, but nobody drinks wine out in the middle of nowhere.”
Until the next delivery, the beer lovers of Marble Bar will be forced to drive an extra 125 miles further south to the town of Newman, which boasts three pubs.
Has to be the closest thing to a sin against humanity in Outback Oz.