D’Aguilar is a sleepy village north west of Brisbane, an easy weekend drive off the Bruce Highway and perfect for a day trip heading to some of the most scenic national parks the South East has to offer. In 1827, D’Aguilar was named after Sir George D’Aguilar, a military officer who wrote the army textbook at the time, serving under the Duke of Wellington. The original lands were blanketed with dairy farms and fruit orchards, many of which remain. Today, you can still step back in history at the historic D’Aguilar General Store, and of course, the best watering hole in the district – The Dag Pub.
THE DAG STORY
The Dag Pub was originally called “The Bushman’s Arms” and was located at the bottom of the range at a place called “Paddy’s Pinch”, a popular stopover for coach travellers on the way up the range. After the railway line was constructed in 1909, business declined, so the then publican John Casey decided to uproot the pub and move it lock stock and barrell to it’s current site up the D’Aguilar Range opposite the railway station. Though the line closed in 1964, The Dag Pub has been a popular meeting place and watering hole for locals from D’Aguilar, Mt Mee, Wamuran, Woodford, Dayboro and Caboolture ever since as well as a great weekend destination for grey nomads, travellers and city folk from Brisbane and beyond.
Now sporting a drive thru bottleshop, detached motel, and large entertainment venue and pool room, The Dag Pub has recently been fully refurbished, and is a great venue for live music, attracting great rock and blues musicians to the area. It’s become a destination for Sunday Afternoon Sessions with city folk after quality music and ice cold drinks with some good pub food.
The Dag is a country pub steeped in history and tradition, where it’s cool to be a bit “old school”. Known for it’s great food and warm country hospitality, owner Jim Mitchell or “Cricket” to his mates, celebrates The Dag’s proud history throughout the venue with memorabilia and those famous Beast heads mounted on the wall throughout the venue. There’s a story behind every one of them, but you’ll have to drop by for a drink with Cricket and his daughter Dana to find out more. But do behave, or you might end up chained to the Bear!