Built in 1901, the Espanol Hotel has served travellers and locals for 114 years. Made from round bush timber and galvanised iron, the lappa byo bush pub remains as the only example of a once common mining town building. Restored with museum and byo bar, Lappa continues its century-old tradition of bush hospitality in the stark beauty of australia's outback.
The Espanol Hotel is owned and operated by Yappa from Lappa. Here's an article from ABC Far North about Yappa: The Yappa from Lappa. The Lappa Pub is an unlicensed 'BYO' pub. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and consume them in the historic bar.
The Lappa Pub has its own facebook page: Friends of Lappa Junction.
The junction is where the line used to split to Chillagoe in one direction, and Mount Garnet in the other. Today, the line to Chillagoe is no longer operational.
Around 1893, John Moffat and Company of Irvinebank were starting to develop the mineral fields around Chillagoe. There was no railway or other infrastructure. Water at Lappa Lappa was an important resource for the camel trains and other animal transport teams used to transport goods and supplies to the mining camps and settlements in the region.
Lappa Junction station came into being in 1900, when the first section of the Mareeba to Chillagoe railway was completed. Although developed primarily for mining, on the inaugural journey, even the mining warden recognized the line's tourism potential.