The original creator of the Ettamogah Pub was Ken Maynard who started drawing the Ettamogah Pub in 1959. It was made famous through his regular cartoons in The Australasian Post.
The Ettamogah in Sydney was opened in 2003 and is located on the corner of Merriville road and corner Windsor road, Kellyville Ridge. However it is a copy of the original one at Albury, NSW.
The original Ettamogah pub was built by businessman Lindsay Cooper and first opened in 1987. The aim was to create a themed family restaurant which would become a tourist icon. The timber building featured sloping walls and a distinctive architectural style true to the original cartoon design. Unfortunately, this Venue is no longer operational.
Over the years, other Ettamogah pubs popped up all around Australia making a total of four: including the original in Albury, one at Kellyville, another in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast (1989) and in Cunderdin, Western Australia, built in 2001. The Ettamogah Pub on the Sunshine coast is part of a theme park called ‘Aussie World’ and is a great attraction in Queensland.
- The word "ettamogah" is Aboriginal for "place of good drink"
- Ettamogah spelt backwards and said fast actually says ‘how going mate!’ Go on, give it a try!
- The Ettamogah houses the largest Play Gym in a venue, in the whole Southern Hemisphere!