There is a lot of history and family tradition at Joe’s Waterhole Hotel. This historic hotel as it stands today was once the Commercial, which was rebuilt in 1926 after a fire swept through Eumundi in 1924. In 1962 Joe Whiting took over ownership when he swapped his sugar-cane farm in Maroochydore for the hotel. It became known colloquially as Joe’s Waterhole and was officially renamed in 1987.
Joe Whiting was a boxer and had a name as a practical joker. The glass still hangs from the ceiling of the public bar where it was originally placed ‘to catch the drips’! Joe also coined the phrase “Free Beer Tomorrow” and as everyone knows, tomorrow never comes. We do however, give away plenty of country hospitality.
Joe and his wife Lucy ran the pub for 20 years until an accident which left him a quadriplegic. In 1982 their son Ray took over and was still running the show until recently when the hotel went under the hammer, closing the book on 43 years of Whiting family history.
Along with the friendly staff who stayed on, the new owner Brett Lewis is keen to maintain the current atmosphere of Joe's, including the high standard of entertainment that Joe's has become famous for.
In 2005 Brett Lewis and his family bought the hotel and all family members currently work in the hotel. As it turns out his youngest son in training is also named Joe and wants to take over when Brett retires.
We look forward to welcoming you. If you need more information or prices on our rooms, please phone us or email using the link below.
Opening times: Open 10am till late
Happy Hour : 5.30pm - 6.30pm Monday-Friday Public Bar