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“Perfect Escape” 5 of 5 stars
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Big Yard Road, Jindabyne, New South Wales 2627 , Australia   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“Perfect Escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

We were disappointed to only have 24 hours at the Moonbah Hut and felt we were a million miles from the city bustle. We all learnt to fly fish with our very patient and knowledgable angler, Brett and our children aged 10 and 12 were busy swimming in the dam with Buster, checking the chickens and then built and tended to the BBQ fire to cook dinner. No phone coverage or electronic games to interrupt the peace and tranquility. What a treat! We definitely plan to return and check out the River Cabin. And thanks for all the nice touches, very nice bottle of red wine, cheese, chocolates and coffee, linen, towels and toiletries. Disappointed it was too hot to light the open fire and combustion stove... Next time.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Moonbah hut has left us with nothing but positive memories! Everything from the location, experience, and right down to hospitality... It has been by far the best we've experienced in Australia thus far. Brett is one of the warmest hosts we’ve met and a truly wonderful human being who made our visit at Moonbah truly extraordinary.

We were there for three nights altogether. Two nights at the river hut and one night on the lake hut. The river hut is located about 50meters from the moonbah river in a quiet and peaceful spot. The huts are a journey back to the early Australian era and very tastefully decorated, we specially loved the old newspaper cuttings on the toilet wall that dated back to the 1920’s (how cool is that?). :) We found the river hut perfect for a family of four and were welcomed with a lovely bottle of red wine, chocolates, coffee, ice-creams and more. Buster was a delight and was great company for my daughter who spent most of her time with him exploring the place. The bed is luxurious with towels, linen and all the finest necessities provided. The absence of having mobile network and television was indeed a blessing and made all the difference. For once we felt we were truly connected with nature and were aware of the beauty that surrounded us! Do bring along your iphone/ipod audio cable though to play your tunes in the background. :)

We found the lake hut a little smaller but had everything needed for a comfortable stay. The view of the lake is truly mesmerizing. We were left spellbound to see the milky way right above our hut with the reflection of the stars on the lake, you don’t want to miss this specially if it’s a clear night. The chooks are friendly and were happy to give you company as you sipped your coffee on the porch in the mornings. Though we didn’t catch any trout, we learnt a few tricks about fly fishing from Brett who was always eager to help. The lake cabin is on a spot where you can just sit and watch the clouds float by. Simply beautiful!
The Wildsbury distillery is about 30mins from the hut and is a must visit. They had free schnapps tasting and their Gluwein and bratwurst brought back memories of Germany. We took the sky tube to Perisher which was about 30mins from the town and were glad to be able to experience snow at the time of the year. There are a couple of restaurants, including a woolies supermarket and ski hire shops close to the shell gas station. The drive from the town to the hut was quite amazing where we got some fantastic shots. We also happened to come across Emus running wildly across the fields.
Thanks to Brett and his son Ted who went out of their way and did everything they could to help me find my iphone which I’d lost on the dirt track. Very few people I’ve come across in my life who would drop everything to help someone they’ve only just met. I’m happy I got my phone back along with all those memories we clicked of our trip.:)

We had a light snowfall the day before we checked out and sighted one of the most magnificent full semicircle rainbows we’ve ever seen.
If you want to completely unwind and surrender yourself to nature- this is the place! Snow, Stars, Rainbows, and Peace accompanied by hospitality that’s extraordinary – you cannot ask for more! We totally recommend it and can’t wait to be back again next year when it snows :)

Thanks Moonbah hut for one of our most memorable holidays yet!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowymtns, Owner at Moonbah Hut, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Wow, Wow, Wow! It's really very difficult to adequately respond to such kind and generous comments and I wish I was more articulate in this regard! I hope I can convey at least some of how special this kind of feedback makes me feel and just how satisfying it is, personally, to know that you had a lovely time. You had Ted and I over to dinner - I'm sure it's supposed to be the other way around! It was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed by Ted and I both. When we were walking back to our house Ted said: "Geez we meet some nice people here". That says it all really! Take care guys and thankyou so much......Brett
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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My husband and I spent a very special few nights at the River Hut and it was absolutely perfect! It is a beautifully appointed cabin in a scenic, peaceful and relaxing location. I'm sure Brett has thought of everything in spoiling his guests with little unexpected treats throughout.
I couldn't think of a way to improve on our next stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic place to stay and get away from it all. Open fire is not to be missed made easy by firewood on the doorstep and Buster the dog is a very eco friendly waste disposal. If seclusion and privacy are what you want then this is for you.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The cabin was amazing and the finishing touches like a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates just made it so much better. I could not have imagined a better place to propose to my now fiance.
Keep up the good work Brett.

Dan and Michele

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We have just spent an amazing long weekend at Moonbah Hut (Lake Hut) and not a mouse to be seen!! This is a rustic, mountain hut in an idyllic location. Brett has done an amazing job in making these huts comfortable and appropriate for the beautiful surrounds. It is exactly as we imagined and as described on the website. While the fly fishing was not successful on the river or indeed on the rivers in the surrounding areas, it was made up for a wonderful experience on the 'lake' with a number of browns and rainbows caught (and released). The touches that Brett has included (old wares, welcoming wine and chocolates, the open fire) make this an ideal place for those who appreciate a mountain experience in a beautiful and tranquil setting, without the traditional trappings of television, internet, bars etc. Only nature to enjoy. Exactly the reason we stayed here and loved it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We have just spent a week in the river hut. It was the most relaxing holidays we could ever have hoped for. Location is so very peaceful. Bretts attention to details in the hut from bed linen, wine, coffee, chocolates all what makes a wonderful stay. The fire place is a great way to relax and read book by at night, and the many walks you can do by day in the region. The wood stove was a great way to bake your own bread! and the cook top an easy way to cook evening meals, along with the BBQ on the porch. Bring lots of red wine, a book and more. Not far from town if you need to stock up.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Big Yard Road, Jindabyne, New South Wales 2627, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Jindabyne
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Jindabyne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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