The Iron Clad Hotel is a welcome watering hole in Australia’s hottest town.

Story + Photos Nathan Dyer

Located 200 kilometres south-east of Port Hedland, Marble Bar was settled during the gold rush of the 1890s. The place earned its reputation in the 1920s after a spell of 160 days of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius). Today, the town’s entry sign declares ‘Warmest welcome from Australia’s hottest town’. The pub’s been here since 1892. Although better roads and technology have somewhat subdued it’s once wild reputation, locals still share tales of people being shot in the bar and others dying of heat exhaustion.

This story excerpt is from Issue #122

Outback Magazine: December/January 2019