This isn’t the Hilton. In fact, this is nothing near an ordinary hotel stay. Far from it. For starters, the Lake Hut – bedroom, kitchen, lounge and bathroom, would probably fit inside a standard hotel bedroom. You won't get room service. Nor will you get a mini bar. (You will get underfloor heating though!)
Modelled on a traditional stockman’s hut, Moonbah Lake Hut (the River Hut is a little bit bigger and more luxurious) is made of stone and wood. It is, in many ways, quite primitive. It lacks space. Modern facilities. And phone and internet connection. But if that’s what you’re after – stay in the Hilton.
What you will get here is an accommodation experience unlike any other in Australia. Cliché as it sounds, the Moonbah Lake Hut IS absolutely unique. I have never experienced anything like it anywhere. I’ve been in Australia for 12 years now and this was the most profound, telling and authentic insight into real ‘Australian’ backcountry life.
It’s a place where I chose to escape the madness of the rat race, and try to reconnect to the ‘bigger’ things in life, which are actually incredibly small, yet powerfully life-affirming. Like open fires. Starlight. Nature. Fresh air. Mountains. And fishing.
And it works.
Brett is your host, and with his young son Ted, they’ll ensure you’re well looked after. Brett is a discreet host – he won't bother you if all you want is to be left alone – but he is on hand if you need him for all sorts of local advice.
Buster, Brett’s dog is quite hilarious. He’ll happily sit with you all day if you wish, occasionally chasing away the curious chickens who will also say hello.
There are, of course, delightful touches – Brett provides a few little surprises for you on arrival. And the chickens (on a good day) will provide a few in the form of fresh eggs.
This is a place I will remember forever, for all the right reasons. A weekend is not enough – do yourself a favour and go for a whole week. I promise you it is worth it. Go with food, drinks, and an open mind – and leave your city stress and attitude behind you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take a breath of fresh air and step back in time. These unique stone/slab huts, located in the picturesque Moonbah Valley region of the New South Wales Snowy Mountains (15 minutes drive from the ski resort town of Jindabyne), enjoy private frontage to the Blue Ribbon declared Moonbah River - the regions most pristine trout stream - (complete with resident platypus). The Lake Hut also fronts a small dam containing brown, brook and rainbow trout.The huts are very cosy, (even in -15c), with underfloor heating. The Moonbah Lake Hut sleeps a maximum 4 people, ideally 2 adults and 2 young children. The Moonbah River Hut sleeps a maximum 5 persons. The bedding is high quality and all beds have electric blankets.All linen is supplied.Both of the huts feature huge, stone open fireplaces and with snow on either Christmas or Boxing Day, on 5 of the past 9 years, the fireplaces can be enjoyed on most nights of the year. Both huts also feature wood-fired cooking stoves, (and twin electric hotplates), for cooking and a small fridge/freezer to store your catch in. All cutlery, crockery, cookware, etc is supplied ... more less