Mt Dare Hotel no longer runs as a cattle station; the property was taken over by National Parks and Wildlife in 1984, when it then became the Witjira National Park. In 1989 the Department for Environment & Natural resources (as it is now known) no longer needed the Homestead area and set it up as a lease for tourism. The only service available within the Witjira National Park and the Simpson Desert Conservation Park is at Mt Dare, now known as the Mt Dare Hotel. No Park Pass is required if you only want to visit the Mt Dare Hotel, however a Pass is required for the Dalhousie Springs and the Simpson Desert.
David and Melissa Cox came to Mt Dare in May 2002 and it was very run down. The Pub was the old Station kitchen and was fast becoming derelict due to the dreaded termite that had been left unchecked for years causing irreparable damage.
It was decided that to build a new Pub from the ground up was the only way to go. An old machinery shed was the platform from which they started in January 2004. It wasn’t until the 31st of July 2006 that the new pub was opened, just in a nick of time as the old Pub had already lost its roof late the previous year and was only covered by a tarp.
Dave and Melissa ran the pub until July 2015 when they sold it to Graham and Sandra Scott who, with their family, will continue to provide hospitality and service to travellers to our litle oasis in the desert.
The Mt Dare Hotel and its staff are committed to helping travellers enjoy their Outback experience by providing information and services in a friendly and comfortable environment.
Don't miss out on the South Australian Outback's most remote & newest Hotel, come and say hello to Graham, Sandra & staff.
The Mt Dare Hotel is just 10km south of the SA/NT border and 70 km drive north of the Dalhousie Thermal Springs. So even if you are heading (or comming from) south make the short detour to the Mt Dare Hotel via Eringa waterhole or Dalhousie, you'll be glad you did. Our friendly staff are here to give you advice on just about anything, but most importantly we know this region and can help you experience as much of it as you can.