Captains Flat is a quaint little village nestled on the Molonglo River, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. The origin of the name is said to come from a bull named Captain who was known to graze on the flat grassy paddocks near the Molonglo River. Take this stroll around the village to explore its many historic buildings, such as the old hospital, former post office and Captains Flat Hotel, as well as attractions like the Lake George Mine entrance and the Miners’ Memorial. Drive up the old mine road behind Captains Flat Hotel to get to the town lookout with breathtaking views across the township and the old mining site.
Among the many places worth exploring are the historic Police Station and Court House (1896) with the crest of Queen Victoria; Wilkins Park (beside the Molonglo River) – named after Bert Wilkins, the Mine Operations Manager, it has an historic water trough as well as good picnic facilities; the Captains Flat Hotel (1938) which, when it opened, boasted that it had the longest bar (over 30 metres) in Australia; the old mine road (just beyond the Captains Flat Hotel) where you can get excellent views from the Lookout and inspect the Gantry Crane – it takes the visitor to the top of the old mine works and offers excellent views.