New alpine cottages on Lake Jindabyne the perfect mountain getaway

Ian Bushnell 13 October 2020 10
Creel Bay cottages

The snug Creel Bay cottages are set among eucalypt woodland. Photos: NPWS.

While the South Coast might be on everybody’s mind for a getaway now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing, it pays to look in the other direction and head for the mountains.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has just opened two refurbished cottages in Kosciuszko National Park and is offering them at a cut-rate.

Beautifully appointed, the three-bedroom timber and stone cottages overlook Lake Jindabyne at Creel Bay, and make the perfect base for trout fishing, paddling and boating, as well as bushwalking.

Creel Retreat and Creel View are nestled among native eucalypt woodland with spectacular views across Lake Jindabyne. Previously staff lodges, NPWS has transformed them into boutique accommodation.

Each cottage sleeps up to six guests and features new kitchens and bathrooms, heating and cooling systems, high-quality fittings and furnishings.

The extended outdoor entertaining decks come with barbecues to capitalise on the stunning lake and mountain views.

Guests can walk down to the lake and a boat ramp allows visitors to launch their own vessels.

Great bushwalks nearby include the picturesque Waterfall walking track or the more challenging Main Range walk with glacier-carved landscapes, or the hike to the top of Australia’s highest peak on the Mount Kosciuszko Summit trail.

For mountain biking adventure-seekers, the popular world-class Thredbo Valley Track is only a 10-minute drive away.

There is plenty of wildlife to spot including eastern grey kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and possums.

In winter, the cottages make the perfect base to explore some of Australia’s best ski fields, with Perisher Valley less than half an hour’s drive away.

They are also close to the four-bedroom, luxury Creel Lodge, also managed by NPWS, and families and large groups can book all three at one time.

The only things to bring are shampoo and soap, food, ice and firewood.

NPWS has a launch special offering 25 per cent off stays between 1 October and 17 December 2020 when booked online by 31 October.

Rates are from $265 per night and there is a minimum stay of two nights. To learn more got to the NPWS website.


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10 Responses to New alpine cottages on Lake Jindabyne the perfect mountain getaway
Sharon Kelley Sharon Kelley 9:56 am 14 Oct 20

Daniel, could be good for your weekends away?

Julie Mylchreest Julie Mylchreest 8:58 am 14 Oct 20

Mmmm...... fully booked for November??

Rachelle Loosen Rachelle Loosen 8:34 am 14 Oct 20

Ashleigh Kai could be a good base camp for our Mt Kosciuszki walk

Tania Kraus Tania Kraus 7:53 am 14 Oct 20

Road trip Chris and Janine?

Madeleine Taylor Madeleine Taylor 7:22 am 14 Oct 20

Erin Tewes for the next snow trip

Margie Layman Margie Layman 10:44 pm 13 Oct 20

Chris Topher James Layman these look nice

Alex Brown Alex Brown 9:49 pm 13 Oct 20

Michael Brown ten years?

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