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(formerly Gestiana; Australia)

31-35 High Street
LL49 9LR

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Closed Mon & Tue
12 - 2.30, 5.30 - 8.30 Wed - Sun

About the Pub

A pub since 1864, the Australia was taken over by Purple Moose Brewing in 2017 as their tap house. It is situated in the centre of town next to the bus stops. Two rooms are served by a long wooden bar with six handpumps. The walls are decorated blackboard style and depict various aspects of Purple Moose brewery, including the awards the beers have won over the years and the legend of the Purple Moose. There is a small outdoor seating area at the back. Near to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Station. Most of their core real ale range is available as well as seasonal and special occasion beers. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016.

Historic Interest

A pub since 1864 and originally called The Australia, the pub was renamed Gestiana after the Porthmadog-built schooner Y Gestiana was wrecked on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The pub reverted to its original name in 2015. The bus stop outside the pub is known by the pub name hence one can get a bus to Australia.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Purple Moose Cwrw Eryri/Snowdonia Ale
  • Purple Moose Cwrw Ysgawen/Elderflower Ale
  • Purple Moose Ochr Dywyll y Mws/Dark Side of the Moose

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Purple Moose --varies--

Source: Local

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Australia, Porthmadog


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    One on handpump.

  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    5% off real ale.


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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31-35 High Street
LL49 9LR

Sat Nav Reference

52.925868, -4.129479


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (20m)

Lloyd's Coaches: T2; Arriva: X3; Lloyd's Coaches: 3B, 39, 99; Caelloi: 3

Main Portmadog bus stands are just outside.

Nearby Station (700m)


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