Aussie Icons #1 – Largs Pier Hotel, Largs Bay, South Australia

OK, so now you’re looking at the photo and thinking yep, Red Nomad OZ has finally lost it.  What’s so iconic about an ordinary (albeit attractive and well preserved) Aussie seaside pub??
Well, this isn’t just ANY Aussie seaside pub – this is the Largs Pier Hotel!  Yeah, so?  I hear you ask.
The Largs Pier Hotel is the stuff of legend in Australian rock music history – at least it is if you’re aware of Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel, AC/DC, the Little River Band and the Angels!  Especially Jimmy – whose love-love relationship with the LPH is documented HERE in the eponymous track on YouTube! 
Unsurprisingly opposite the Largs Pier at the Adelaide beachside suburb of Largs Bay, the Largs Pier Hotel is still open for business.  Which may go to show what can happen when a working class man is reminiscing about taking a long line on the highway to hell!!

Sorry, I’ll be better next year, promise!!

PS  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t panic!  It’ll be back to the Scenic Public Toilets, Favourite Places, Oz Top Spots, Off the Tourist Trail and Only in OZ moments in 2011!!

Happy New Year!! 

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21 comments

  1. @Stuart Mathieson – Welcome! And yes, it’s amazing what you can find in l’il ol’ Adelaide!
    @Liara Covert – Welcome to you too! It’s my pleasure! Glad you got something from it!
    @Yasmine – Another welcome! Thanx for your kind words!
    @Kirstie – Welcome! Adelaide sure is full of surprises!

    Thanx all for visiting, commenting and/or following – great to see you here, come back & visit anytime!

  2. @The Old Geezer – I’m in luck! My part of OZ hasn’t been inundated either (yet)! Happy New Year to you & yours too!
    @LV – Just wait ’til I get going in 2011!!

  3. Happy New Year from Southern California. No snow here but a lot of rain storms and mud slides!

    I hope you and your family had a Wonderful Christmas Celebration.

    God Bless You, ~Ron

  4. @Andrew – OMIGOD, don’t tell me this post has inspired ‘research’ for your round OZ trip??!!
    @Kurinji – thanx!
    @Mary – there’s plenty more to come! PS I SO get Connor’s loathing of spinach – although raw in salad I can now cope with! Clearly an underdeveloped palate …
    @~Cheryl – yes they were! But about 30 mins apart with the seaward one taken 1st. The clouds over city thing is not uncommon in Adelaide, as the city is between low hills and the beach!!
    @RR – Yeah, bet you’re jealous as hell!!

  5. That looks to be one loooong pier! Just wondering if the two photos were taken the same day … clouds over the city but clear sky over the water. It’s truly a beautiful spot. Enjoy these last few days of 2010!

  6. I follow your lead wherever you decide to take us. I so enjoy your very evident love of country and all it has to offer. I hope you had a fabulous holiday. Blessings…Mary

    P.S. Spinach in any form has yet to pass Connor’s lips. He takes one look at it and goes into lock jaw mode :-).

  7. I have no idea where the hotel is. I will look. Interestingly, Barnes from Cold Chisel was the subject of Family Confidential on ABC tv tonight.

  8. @River – glad there’s some good memories in there somewhere, just the way life is, huh? I’ve also had fish’n’chips from Largs Pier cafe – but never actually got to see Jimmy B at the hotel!! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. I know that pier so well. Just after I married L, we moved to a flat on Semaphore Road, literally minutes from the beach. We’d sit on our balcony and watch the sun set over the water.
    often, we’d buy an icecream, walk along the beach from the Semaphore pier to the Largs Bay pier, then walk along it to the seat at the end and watch the sun go down from there. Then we’d walk back along the beach again and get fish’n’chips for dinner. We also used to sit and watch the big container ships coming and going.
    Then things went south and we separated. I moved across town.

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