The Federal Hotel Nimmitabel: A Living Legacy and Paranormal Haven


A Historic Gem of the Monaro

Nestled in the heart of the Monaro region lies the Federal Hotel Nimmitabel, a living testament to history and community spirit. Established in the late 19th century by Thomas Moran, the hotel has stood as the “Heart of the Monaro” since its inception. Moran, an ambitious entrepreneur and fervent republican, saw the potential of the region as a bustling postal, freight, and passenger route. His vision led to the construction of Moran’s Federal Hotel, serving as an essential stopover from Goulburn to Eden.

Moran’s legacy extends beyond Nimmitabel. He built a series of Federal Hotels, including one in Bemboka and another in Bombala, catering to the growing needs of passengers and freight. Rumors of his lost fortune and his reputation as a stern and quick-tempered man only add to the mystique surrounding this iconic establishment.

Steampunk Festival Dinner Experience


Join us for a Steampunk Soiree at the Federal Hotel on the Saturday night! As part of the steampunk festival, we’re hosting a special dinner experience that promises an evening of enchantment, culinary delights, and high-energy entertainment.


Highlights of the Evening:

Victorian-Inspired Three-Course Dinner: Indulge in a gourmet meal featuring classic Victorian dishes with a modern twist. Each course is crafted with care, using locally sourced ingredients to create a dining experience that’s both elegant and unforgettable.

Steampunk-Inspired Décor: Immerse yourself in a world of gears, goggles, and Victorian elegance as the Federal Hotel transforms into a steampunk wonderland.

Steampunk Dance Party by DJ Apparition: After dinner, let loose on the dance floor with a steampunk dance party like no other! DJ Apparition will be spinning an eclectic mix of steampunk-inspired tunes, ensuring a night of high-energy fun and non-stop dancing.


Whether you’re a seasoned steampunk aficionado or new to the genre, this dinner experience offers something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the fantastical world of steampunk, indulge in a sumptuous Victorian dinner, and dance the night away to the beats of DJ Apparition.


Book Your Tickets Today!

Tickets for this exclusive Steampunk Festival Dinner Experience are selling fast! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to dine, dance, and delve into the paranormal at the Federal Hotel Nimmitabel.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of steampunk splendor, historical intrigue, and otherworldly adventures. Book your tickets now and be a part of this magical journey through time!

A Timeless Gem of the Monaro


Immerse yourself in a world where history meets fantasy at the Federal Hotel Nimmitabel, the “Heart of the Monaro.” This iconic hotel, established by the visionary Thomas Moran in the late 19th century, is not only a living testament to the region’s rich history but also a haven for steampunk enthusiasts.

From its days as an essential stopover for postal, freight, and passenger routes to its transformation into a filming location for the classic movie “The Sundowners,” the Federal Hotel has always been at the heart of the community.

Today, the Federal Hotel stands as a tribute to its past, with 35 rooms echoing tales of bygone eras. Its architectural marvels serve as a perfect backdrop for the upcoming steampunk festival.

Paranormal Activities at The Federal Hotel


Beyond its historical significance, the Federal Hotel is also renowned for its paranormal activities. Owner Kelvin Fahey has witnessed and heard numerous accounts of ghostly occurrences, adding another layer to the hotel’s allure.


  • Three known deaths have occurred within the hotel, with two specific locations identified.

  • Two births have been recorded, each with its unique tale.

  • A solitary female spirit is said to roam the upstairs hallways, with lights mysteriously turning on and off during the early hours.

  • CCTV cameras often capture motion in empty rooms, adding to the mystery.

  • Legends of hidden treasures, bootlegging, and seances conducted during the 1920s contribute to the hotel’s mystique.

  • Visitors have reported sightings of a disheveled drover, spectral horses, and spirits going about their daily activities, seemingly oblivious to the present day.


While these paranormal activities might intrigue some, Fahey believes that the spirits are benevolent, adding to the hotel’s charm rather than causing harm. The Federal Hotel welcomes paranormal enthusiasts to explore its grounds, experience its history, and perhaps, encounter its otherworldly residents.

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