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Taylors Arm

New South Wales, Australia

Taylors Arm is located in New South Wales
Taylors Arm
Postcode: 2447
Elevation: 24.8 m (81 ft)
LGA: Nambucca Shire
County: Raleigh
State District: Oxley
Federal Division: Cowper

Taylors Arm is a village in Nambucca Shire in New South Wales, Australia. It is known for being the site of the "Pub With No Beer" which was immortalised in song by Australian country singer Slim Dusty.


When its main industries of cedar felling and dairying were at their peak the small village of Taylors Arm was thriving. It had a boarding house built around 1890, then five years later the pub was built. Taylors Arm Post Office opened on 1 August 1891.[1] Other stores were built including a bakery, butchery and a grocery store. There were apparently seven schools from Thumb Creek to Macksville. Medlow Primary School at Upper Taylors Arm now has approximately 30 students. Taylors Arm still has The Rusty Bell general store/take away (now closed) and the pub.

It was Gordon Parsons (Australian country music singer) who wrote the song "The Pub With No Beer". When in the 1940s he was working as a cedar getter at Sheet 'o' bark Road, on a very hot day came down to the pub (the only pub within 30 or so kilometres), when he ordered a beer, the bar person told them they had run out. The locals had drunk the whole monthly quota (war time quota), before the month was out. Gordon Parsons then passed on the song to Slim Dusty who needed a song for a B side of his record Saddle Boy.

Taylors Arm and surrounding area is a very beautiful part of the Mid North Coast. Undulating landscape, State Forest, National Parks and Thumb Creek to Taylors Arm river, that consists of some very inviting water holes in the hot summer. On entry into the quiet village, an avenue of Paulownia trees is set in the foreground with blue mountains in the background.

Camping is available on the Reserve for a small fee. There are tennis courts, cricket pitch and barbecue facilities. The Rusty Bell store is open 7 days 7 am – 5 pm (now closed) owned by a third generation resident of Taylors Arm. There is no coverage for mobile phones in Taylors Arm.

The main industry today is beef cattle, dairy cattle, organic crops, cedar wood works, lemon myrtle, and smaller cottage industries.


  1. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 

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