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Most people nowadays would have a conniption if they were going to stay in a place that had no phone service.
I was a little shaky driving down into the Yarrangobilly River Valley for our 3 night stay at Yarrangobilly Caves House. But, as soon as I stepped inside our restored 1917 accommodation, I knew we had come to the right place for a retreat.
It was a return to days spent connected to the nature you’re presently surrounded by, rather than your phone.
I didn’t miss the world one bit and after the first day, I came to the conclusion, the world probably didn’t miss me much.
On our last day, we sat in the sun on the balcony, and then in the second floor sunroom with coffee and cake, basking in the glorious afternoon sun.
“I don’t want to leave here.” Craig said. “I’ve really enjoyed not being online.”
It’s amazing how much time you reclaim when you disconnect.
What did we do with that time?
Baked brownies, which we enjoyed in our sunroom, or the porch. And we did enjoy them, sitting around as a family eating and talking, listening to the sing song of the birds, and watching the kangaroos hop on by.
We weren’t shoving it down as a quick 3pm sugar pick me up at the computer.
We played chess (Kalyra’s rules), read books, danced and played games in the common living areas.
Went to bed at a decent hour after a couple of hours writing, once the kids had gone to sleep. It is incredible how much writing you can get done, when you are not distracted by the blinking lights of the internet.
Cooked wholesome meals in the kitchen. I love cooking when you have a kitchen decked out like this one. Sharp knifes, pans that cook pancakes perfectly, and lots of space.
Normally, you would be sharing the 1917 wing of Yarrangobilly House with other guests. It can sleep 28 people. It’s set out similar to a hostel, with shared living areas and kitchens, but, it’s modern and clean with a heritage taste and much more luxurious than a hostel.
We got LUCKY.
There were no other guests staying in the 1917 wing of Yarrangobilly Caves House. The girls adored having this gigantic home to ourselves, and having lots of places to play hide and seek, find secret stairwells, and play the piano in the Blue Room.
I was so happy to have the sunroom all to myself. On those chilly Snowy Mountain days, this is the place to be.
There’s also the single-story 1902 section of the Caves House, divided into east and west wing. You can book out one of the wings or the entire section.
1901 section: From $180 per wing
1917 section: From $90 per room
Yarrangobilly Caves House is located within northern Kosciuszko National Park, 5km down a one-way gravel road off the Snowy Mountains Highway, 88km from Tumut and 114km from Cooma.
Park entrance fee to access Yarrangobilly Caves House is $3 per day per vehicle. Purchase your entrance fee at the Visitor Centre upon arrival.
Yarrangobilly Cave Tours:
Glory Hole – $15 adult
Guided tours of Jersey and Jillebenean – $20
Website: To get all the info click here.
Disclaimer – we stayed as gusts of NSW National Parks