Refurbished NPWS alpine lodge opens for public rental
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)'s refurbished Numbananga Lodge at Smiggin Holes will open for bookings in time for the 2018 ski season.
The lodge dates from the 1960s and is the only free-standing, self-contained lodge available to the public within Smiggin Holes.
"It's wonderful to see Numbananga Lodge, which is of local heritage value and is part of the cultural landscape of Smiggin Holes, transformed into nature-based accommodation which makes best use of the building," said NPWS spokesman, Mark Lees, said.
"As a result of the refurbishment, NPWS can now offer contemporary accommodation for up to 6 people at a time during the winter ski season as well as throughout the rest of the year.
"During winter, the lodge offers ski in and ski out access, and it's superbly located in the heart of Smiggin Holes," he said.
The 3-bedroom lodge was originally built to service the growing tourism industry, and the recent refurbishment works were designed by a heritage architect and are sympathetic to the heritage values of the building.
An environmental assessment was undertaken by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Perisher Ski Resort was consulted as part of the environmental assessment process.
Work included renovation of the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and drying room, installation of new double glazed, thermally efficient windows, replacement of external cladding and a new staircase.
"This visitor accommodation arrangement delivers a revenue stream for NPWS to invest back into park management to support conservation and public use," said Mr Lees said.
Visitation to Kosciuszko National Park has increased by over 20%, and by 12.2% in the surrounding Snowy Mountains region, over the past 2-3 years.
The refurbishment was funded by the 2017 NSW Government budget, with $7.6 million allocated over 3 years for the re-use of existing buildings in national parks for short stay visitor accommodation.