I click on their website and the all familiar soundtrack to the classic movie Man From Snowy River makes my arm hair stand on end.
It’s a sound that conjures majestic memories and inspires greatness, and within minutes, you’re hastily trying to book the property, Moonbah Huts in the Snowy Mountains.
Consisting of two unique stone/slab huts, the River Hut and Lake Hut, Moonbah is your quintessential Man From Snowy River experience! Consumers love to live out their favourite movie fantasies, and the owners are reaping the benefits.
This Stayz’s 2015 Best Unique Property in NSW award winner is also an excellent example of how consumers do not necessarily require five-star to be blown away, but they do appreciate authenticity.
While only built in 2003, you’d swear these cattlemen’s huts had stood for a century or more. In fact, owner Brett Smith modelled their design on one that did exist nearby for easily that long. Inside, you’ll find an 80-year-old wood stove, 100-year-old wrought iron beds, 70-year-old fly fishing rods and an 80-year-old fully functioning candlestick telephone.
Guests to Moonbah take a breath of fresh mountain air and step back in time.
Parrrrradise. This has to be the best place in the world, awesome place. Words can’t describe it, magical, picturesque, a slice of heaven – really it has to be seen to be believed. If only we could have stayed a little longer, the log fire, the long showers – the huge trout. Scones cooked in the wood oven. OMG it’s amazing. Tripadvisor
Overall, Moonbah ticks all the boxes for a great mountain escape.
A SPECTACULAR LOCATION WITH ABUNDANT WILDLIFE AND GREAT FISHING
The scenery at Moonbah is breathtaking, as well as at night when millions of bright stars make it an astronomer’s paradise.
It has wildlife in abundance, from kangaroos, emus, wombats, wild brumbies, platypus, wild deer, frogs, and sixty plus species of birdlife. Cattle, rabbits and the owner’s Border Collie, Buster, also add to the country atmosphere.
Moonbah is a fisherman’s paradise, providing guests private access to the Blue Ribbon declared Moonbah River – the region’s most pristine trout stream. The Lake Hut also fronts a small private lake containing brown, brook and rainbow trout. Expert fly guiding and tuition can be arranged with rods and all the required gear available for hire.
For the adventurous, Norco 24 speed suspension bikes are on hand for a mountain ride or guests can take a plethora of external tours to invigorate the soul.
OUT OF THIS WORLD BUT CLOSE ENOUGH TO AMENITIES
Importantly, for today’s city-based travellers, Moonbah is far enough away for guests to feel like they are the only people on the planet but close enough to all the services that they are accustom to, located a short 15 minutes drive from the ski resort town of Jindabyne.
RUSTIC HUTS WITH SPECIAL TOUCHES TO SURPRISE GUESTS
Maintaining heritage authenticity, the Moonbah Huts are certainly not a 5-star resort, but they offer rustic granite walls and impressive timber beams combined with a little bit of luxe.
To stay toasty warm in this extreme environment, the huts feature beautiful open stone fireplaces and underfloor heating. Keeping with tradition, there is no television reception, no mobile phone service, and no internet access; though there is a docking station for musical enjoyment!
The beautifully presented bedrooms offer high-quality bedding, snuggly fur inspired quilts and electric blankets.
Throughout, guests experience thoughtfully memories of a bygone era.
A particularly guest favourite is the use of old newspaper cuttings on toilet walls that date back to the 1920’s.
A luxuriating claw foot bath provides the perfect way to finish the day. Alternatively, guests can unwind in a rocking chair on the verandah or on an outdoor lounge, lakeside.
Understanding the importance of ‘special touches’, Brett also surprises guests with local schnapps, Maggie Beer ice cream, Swiss chocolates, and Penfolds wine.
In closing, we will let a past guest have the last word as ultimately it’s the consumer we all need to please:
Thanks, Moonbah Hut for one of our most memorable holidays yet! …too rare combination of natural beauty, perfect accommodation, and outstanding host. Tripadvisor
Not only has uniqueness and authenticity created highly satisfied customers, it has also generated fantastic PR opportunities. The Huts have hosted the Channel 7 Sunrise program, Channel 9’s The Living Room and have featured in numerous national and international magazines.
It pays to stand out from the crowd!
P.S – Before using movie soundtracks, make sure you have the legal right to do so. A copyright infringement from Hollywood is ghastly expensive.