Looking for an Aussie Christmas venue then the Captains Flat Hotel – Home of the Long Bar, is for you. Once the longest bar in the Southern Hemisphere – now the longest bar in Australia.
The Captains Flat Hotel is under the new management of Gary Green. Gary has a long history in hospitality and is putting his experience to good use in this historic venue.
“Our aim is to provide an environment where everyone can enjoy great value for money food and accommodation, service with a smile and a hearty welcome to the Pub with one of the longest bars in the southern hemisphere,” Gary said.
This great hotel is located 60 km to the East – a leisurely 45 minute drive – of Canberra.
“The Captains Flat Hotel is a place to relax and enjoy old fashioned country hospitality – so close to Canberra yet still in the heart of the country,” Gary explained. The hotel features The Long Bar, function rooms, 21 rooms (accommodation up to 45 people) and great country catering and counter meals.
“The Hotel would be a great venue for your Christmas function or party in 2013. We are close enough to Canberra that you could come out for the day or stay a night or two and experience our country hospitality,” Gary said.
But don’t just take Gary’s word on what a great venue the Captains Flat Hotel really is:
‘I would recommend the Hotel as a wonderful place to get away from it all and focus on important issues.’
‘We held a workshop at the Captains Flat Hotel and are pleased to say we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and met all our objectives.’
‘Great food and hospitality. A really different experience for most of our staff and clients – we will be back.’
Book your staff end of year function at the Captains Flat Hotel by speaking to proprietor Gary Green on 02 62366201 or 0422 710 800 or visit the website at: www.flathotel.com.au.
Captains Flat recent history
Gold was discovered in Captains Flat in 1852. By 1881 fossickers had found substantial deposits of reef gold and major mining operations opened up the area. The following year copper was found (which accounts for the denudation of the hills around the town) and by the late 1890s the town was booming. It was around this time that the town\’s population reached 3,000 and it boasted five hotels, an oyster bar and a jeweller.
By 1899 the mines were closing down and the town, like so many mining settlements, started to disappear. By the 1930s there were only about 150 people living in the town and most of the equipment which had been used in the 1890s had been removed.
Then, in 1937, Lake George Mines built a 39 kilometre railway to Bungendore and with new drilling techniques and flotation plants reopened the whole area. Once again Captains Flat was successful. By the end of the 1930s it was second-only to Broken Hill as its mines produced vast quantities of gold, silver, lead, zinc (it was the most important of all the minerals being mined), copper and iron pyrites. By 1962 this flurry of mining was over. The railway line closed down and the town returned to a sleepy hollow once again.