Queanbeyan- Captains Flat- Bungendore
Miner Memorial - Captains Flat
This country drive will take you to the historic mining town of Captains Flat through beautiful countryside then onto the village of Bungendore.
Captains Flat is a sleepy little village nestled on the Molonglo River, among hills adjacent to the Jingerra Mountains.
The history of this quirky village is pure boom and bust, but fascinating none the less.
• The village is named, so they say after a white bullock called 'Captain' who was particularly lazy and frequented a nice quiet 'Flat' to escape work.
•The bar at the Captains Flat hotel was ( when it was built) the longest bar in the Southern Hemisphere and would go through copious amounts of beer, local legend has it the bar taps never turned off , as there was no time to turn them back on!!!
•Gold, lead ,silver and vast quantities of copper were mined from the mid 1800's to the mid 1900's.
From Queanbeyan travel east along the Bungendore Rd ( Kings Hwy) for around 2kms, take a right turn at the roundabout to Captains Flat - 45kms through some picturesque country that features several notable properties such as Carwoola Station, a large two story homestead built by Thomas Rutledge in 1849 and Foxlow Station, one of Australia's top Poll Hereford cattle studs. St Thomas's Church, circa 1872 is also on the road.
Arriving in Captains Flat you'll find a delightful, historic village with an array of historic buildings and old mining sites. Pick up the Captains Flat 'Pathway to Gold' brochure which details the heritage trail through the village and learn about the days when Captains Flat was one of Australia's most productive and populated mining areas.
After discovering the village, jump back in the car and continue this half day drive towards Bungendore via Hoskinstown.
Back track along Captains Flat Rd, turn right into Briar Sharrows Rd to Hoskinstown, then follow the signs to Bungendore. To get back to Queanbeyan take the Kings Highway and within 20 minutes you're back!!
For a longer version of the trip check out Scenic Drive 2.