I've never been to Australia but I have been to a few Canadian country bars - in the Ottawa Valley or the Maritimes - and some we even legally licensed. But in Australia their equivalent are apparently going fast:
Australia's country pubs are dying at an alarming rate, figures show. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released figures showing that almost 20 per cent of the nation's country pubs and bars disappeared over five years. Earlier years show an even more alarming rate of loss. In 1997-98 the nation had just under 5000 pubs and bars, plus another 3200 clubs. Now there are 4250 pubs and bars and 2300 clubs.The cause? Poker machines. But it might have been a TV or blaring music in another place. In a lot of countries it is no longer part of the plan to just go to a neutral place and have a few beer. I think it was in Travels With Barley that I read the amazing statistic that, where in 1980 75% of beer in the US was consumed in bars, it has now dropped to 25%.