Our Story

Illegal Tender Rum Co. was founded by Master Distiller Codie Palmer.

As a qualified Instrumentation Electrician by trade with a family tradition in engineering and farming, Codie has turned a more than decade long obsession with distilling into a thriving enterprise with a real ambition.

Illegal Tender Rum Co started out as just a dream, something Codie never thought would happen: An all Australian spirits company seeking to produce the finest all Australian small batch rum. With all proceeds being kept in Australia.

The journey hasn’t been easy

The career path Codie was on was fast-tracking one of the youngest ever apprentices and trades-person hired by Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Dampier, until a chance encounter in his mid-Twenties gave him the confidence to go for it, sell his house, car and more, to finance his dream and move to the mid-west.

Most distillers Codie met discouraged him, either because of the failure rates, or the competition. It was a chance meeting with another passionate Western Australian distiller that encouraged Codie to quit his job and follow his dream. Codie still owes a debt of gratitude to the crazy man for his journey.

Smooth Sailing

The last few years have had some exciting times. Following his dream sometimes meant taking 3 steps forward but 2 steps back with the challenges of being an entrepreneur.

The job Codie once had, became a distant memory as the new premises were constructed and sourcing suppliers of high quality Australian ingredients.

But the challenge was made easier with partner Hayley and a lot of assistance from his family.

Illegal Tender Rum Co. Rum & Spirit Drinks are available in great bars, restaurants and retailers around Australia. You can also purchase online, or at the distillery itself.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When are you open?
  • Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays (excluding public holidays) 11am till 5pm.  
  • Tours are at 12.30pm and need to be booked online.
  • Please check our contact page and website announcement banner for any current adjustments to our opening hours.
  • Our restaurant The Common Place is currently closed until further notice.
Where can I purchase the products?
  • Either online through our website
  • Use our store locator page to put your postcode in and find your nearest stockist
  • We currently only have the Distillers Cut ranged nationwide through Dan Murphy’s
Can I bring my dog?

You can, you will just need to tie them up to one of the dog tie posts, please ask our team if you need any water for them when you get here.

How do I find you?

If you have maps you should be able to find your way by typing in Illegal Tender Rum Co, depending on which way you’re coming from you will come down Springfield Dr which will then take you down Ironbark Road, then onto Sheoak Road, then onto Illyarrie Road.

I have a caravan can I park at the distillery?

You definitely can! Simply use the roundabout to turn around and then park alongside the power poles.

Where’s my order?

Presently Australia Post is experiencing some severe wait times, please let us know if you don’t receive your tracking from them and we will follow this up, please have your order number handy.

I have a voucher; where can I use it?

Vouchers have 3 years from the Issue date to be used, If you have a sports voucher from our sponsorship for your club this is only for 1 year due to the nature of sponsorship.

Google says you are open, but you’re not!

Bugs! Unfortunately, this is the sort of bug you can’t vaccinate from and we do experience this issue and have contacted Google multiple times to get this sorted, apologies for the inconvenience.

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