Lees Motel Ingham

History & Art


Dan Sheahan - local poet who penned the lines to 'Pub with No Beer'.

Dan Sheahan – local poet who penned the lines to ‘Pub with No Beer’.

Lees Hotel – 58 Lannercost Street Ingham, North Queensland, Australia (formerly the Day Dawn Hotel)
Lees Motel – 56 Lannercost Street Ingham, North Queensland, Australia (formerly part of the Day Dawn Hotel)

About the Pub With No Beer:
Lees Hotel (formerly the Day Dawn Hotel) is the original “Pub With No Beer ” made famous by Australia’s favourite son and multi-award-winning Country and Western singer Slim Dusty in 1957, with Australians very first worldwide number one hit song, “The Pub With No Beer”.

The hit song was based on the poem by local Ingham poet Dan Sheahan who rode into the Pub one morning in 1943 to have a nice cold beer and discovered that a convoy of American serviceman had come through the previous day and drunk the Pub dry!

In disgust Dan retired to a corner and wrote the poem, which was later passed across to Slim Dusty’s songwriter where it became Australia’s very first international hit song.

Lees Motel Now
In 2011 the owners, Charles & Trish Ryman have been carrying out the largest refurbishment program on the Hotel since it was rebuilt over 50 years ago.  Guests can now stay in the newly renovated rooms all with top of the range Sealy pillowtop mattresses, large TVs and super quiet air-conditioning.

Art Work Collection at Lees Hotel Motel
Also throughout the Hotel is a collection of canvas artworks that captures the natural beauty and lifestyle of the surrounding Ingham and Hinchinbrook area.

360 degree Google Photospheres – click and drag to spin image around, click 4 little arrows button on top right of each image to enlarge up to stunning full screen view: