Flash Jacks Boutique Hotel
If you’ve never been to Gundagai in rural NSW, picture this—it’s the quintessential Australian country town located on the Murrumbidgee River (between Sydney and Melbourne). The town itself plays a huge part in Australia’s pioneering past, with plenty to see and do including checking out Gundagai Railway, scoping out historic bridges, exploring old gold trails with Gundagai having served as a home for a slew of pioneers in agriculture and having witnessed all the mining booms.
The town fills up many folklore stories, legends, poems and songs that span tales of infamous bushrangers, famous racehorses and workers who helped create its big history.
Traditionally though, the Gundagai area is home to the Wiradjuri people and the term “Gundagai” is thought to have loosely translated to “place of birds”.
If you're looking for somewhere historic to stay, take a look at Flash Jacks. Originally built as a convent and then serving as a school, this grand old building has seen a lot over its time. But now, this guy is starting a whole new chapter—Flash Jacks has very recently been reimagined as a luxury, boutique hotel, which means a whole lot of R&R for you.
Inspired by the Banjo Paterson poem Flash Jack from Gundagai, Flash Jacks has been designed to reflect late Victorian architecture and the hotel’s grounds and nine rooms have been lovingly restored with simple textures that will serve as a whole lot of zen as you wind down from the big city life. The fabrics and materials used to create these rooms pay homage to all the materials that made Australian pioneers on a world-scale in the wool, steel and timber industries for a long 200 years. Rooms are fitted with huge windows and some with sunlit balconies so you can soak up the best of the country sun from dawn to dusk.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stroll down the hill into Flash Jacks' divine grounds filled with native flowers and then the charming town of Gundagai for a hearty Sunday brunch at The Coffee Pedaler for the certified “best coffee” on the Hume Highway and one of the best shepherds pies known to humankind.
Flash Jacks is also working on its next stage of the hotel which includes The Schoolhouse Restaurant, which is set to have a sprawling outdoor area under the hotel's trees (so stay tuned for updates on that).
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