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Yarrangobilly Caves House

Important information

Alerts for Kosciuszko National Park: closed areas, fire bans


Updated: 18/12/2014 12:01 AM

“We swam in the thermal pool while looking across the snow-filled valley. Even the trees were covered in icicles. Exhilarating.”

For a weekend away from it all in picturesque Yarrangobilly Valley, head for Yarrangobilly Caves House in the northern edge of Kosciuszko National Park. Escape the crowds and revel in the wonder of a bygone era in your own lovingly restored, self-contained wing, or individual room, of the heritage building.

Perfect for conferences, family gatherings and romantic getaways, Yarrangobilly Caves House is a lovely spot for enjoying the splendour of all four seasons. Yarrangobilly Caves offers bushwalking, self-guided and guided cave tours, Discovery tours, and fishing in the clear mountain streams. It’s only a short drive to the Selwyn snowfields to enjoy a day of skiing the slopes.

After a hard day of adventuring, dive into the naturally heated thermal swimming pool. Round it off with a relaxing drink on the verandah, gazing across at scenic views of the limestone bluffs.

Completely renovated in 2012, the 1917 section of Yarrangobilly Caves House has won the following awards:

  • National Trust – 2013 Heritage Award for Conservation – Built Heritage Government and Corporate
  • Australian Institute of Architects - 2014 Heritage Conservation Architecture Award – Architectural Projects



Getting there

Getting there:

Yarrangobilly Caves House is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

From the Monaro Highway:

  • At Cooma, take the Snowy Mountains Highway and continue for approximately 110km
  • Turn left into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
  • Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves House.

From the Hume Highway:

  • At Gundagai, take the Tumut exit and follow Gocup Road to Tumut
  • Continue on Snowy Mountains Highway south for approximately 75km
  • Turn right into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
  • Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves House.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - Snow chains required after snow


Parking is available at Yarrangobilly Caves House. Please note there is a $3 site fee (valid for 24hrs) for vehicles without a day pass or annual pass.

Bus parking is available – contact the visitor centre on (02) 6454 9597 for access.

Important info


20 bedrooms, sleeps up to 38 guests


  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Electric power
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months. Find out more about our terms and conditions, and review frequently asked questions about staying in national parks.
  • Room occupancy: 1901 East Wing: 8 guests in 7 rooms; 1901 West Wing: 6 guests in 2 rooms; 1917 Section: 24 guests in 11 rooms. Rooms may only be occupied by the number of occupants specified in the reservation. Above maximum occupancy, 1 additional infant (0-4 years) is allowed free of charge in the following units only: 1901 East/West Wings and 1917 Rooms 3/9/10. Please specify at time of reservation and please note you'll need to bring your own portacot and linen. Please see our 'Links and downloads' section to view a PDF floor plan of Yarrangobilly Caves House.
  • Room configuration: Caves House 1917 - double no ensuite rooms (you'll be provided with a key to the upstairs hallway bathroom); deluxe double rooms and suites - king bed; Caves House 1917 family suites (please phone 1300 072 757 to book these interconnecting rooms with a shared ensuite) - king bed + 2 single beds. If you require a different bedding configuration, please specify at time of reservation.
  • Please bring your own linen, pillow cases, towels and blankets/doonas (or linen hire is available) for the 1901 East and West Wings. All linen is provided in the 1917 Section.
  • Each wing in the 1901 section has a dining room, family/lounge room and full kitchen, bathroom, verandah and outdoor barbecue area.
  • The 1917 Section has 2 shared kitchens, 2 family/lounge rooms, a dining room and verandah. Rooms have an ensuite or shared bathrooms.
  • There are gas log open fires in lounge rooms and heaters in bedrooms
  • Washing machine and drying room available
  • There is no DVD player, television or stereo at the accommodation.
  • Please note outdoor open fires may not be lit. Gas barbecues and outdoor gas heaters are available.
  • Yarrangobilly Caves House is in a remote location, so it’s a good idea to pick up your supplies and fill the fuel tank before you arrive.
  • All guests driving 2WD vehicles are expected to have snow chains in winter. These can be hired from Cooma, Adaminaby or Tumut.
  • There is no mobile phone reception at Yarrangobilly and limited coverage along Snowy Mountains Highway.  A phone is available for use for a fee.
  • All guests are to check in at the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitors Centre to collect keys.  Check in time is between 3pm - 5pm.  Check out time is at 10am. The Visitor Centre is open between 9am and 5pm daily. Late check-in can be arranged by contacting Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597. Fees may apply for lost keys.
  • The premises are to be left in the condition of initial occupancy. Additional cleaning fees will be charged if left in an unsatisfactory condition and/or any used items are not washed, dried and put away in the appropriate kitchen.
  • Yarrangobilly House uses hydro and diesel power. Water is UV treated on site.
  • NSW National Parks are now no smoking areas
  • Pets are not permitted
  • Group bookings and functions: If you're booking for a group of 20 people or more, please email:, or call Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597. Please note the 1917 Dining Room can accommodate up to 24 people. The Conference Room can also be hired for a greater number of guests to be seated together. Functions in the grounds of the Yarrangobilly Caves precinct require prior consent.

Wheelchair access:


Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

  • Caves House 1917 has a wheelchair-accessible suite


Accommodation fees:

  • Seasons: Peak - Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights, all public holidays and school holiday periods in NSW, QLD, ACT & VIC, plus all of July and August. Off-peak - Monday to Thursday. Minimum 2-night bookings (3 nights for long weekends).
  • 1901 Section - Caves House East & West Wings: $250 per wing per night for up to 4 guests (Peak); $180 per wing per night for up to 4 guests (Off-peak). Additional guests: $20 per person per night.
  • 1917 Section - Standard Double (Queen): $170 per night (Peak); $145 per night (Off-peak) includes 2 guests.
  • 1917 Section - Double No Ensuite (King or Split): $115 per night (Peak); $90 per night (Off-peak) includes 2 guests.
  • 1917 Section - Deluxe Double (King or Split): $190 per night (Peak); $165 per night (Off-peak); includes 2 guests.
  • 1917 Section - Suite (King or Split + Sofa Bed): $190 per night (Peak); $165 per night (Off-peak); includes 2 guests. Additional guest $25 per night.
  • 1917 Section - Family & Interconnecting Rooms (2x King or Split): $230 per night (Peak); $205 per night (Off-peak); includes 4 guests.

Book online now:

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Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable


Yarrangobilly Caves, Phone: (02) 6454 9597

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- Alerts

Kosciuszko National Park

closed areas

Barry Way open to 4WD only
Council have inspected the Barry Way through to the Victorian border and advised that the Barry Way is only open to 4WD vehicles from the start of the gravel section at Grosses Plain. There are large washouts, rockfalls and rock slides. Snowy River Shire Council staff and equipment are continuing work to remove some of the issues preventing normal traffic from travelling this road. For more information, please contact the Snowy River Shire Council, Jindabyne office on (02) 6451 1550 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Horse Camp Hut closed (Ends Friday 19 December)

Horse Camp Hut along the Whites River corridor in Kosciuszko National Park will be undergoing necessary maintenance works until Christmas and will not be available for emergency or day use. For further information please contact Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne on (02) 6450 5600.
Island Bend campground partially closed due to maintenance - Island Bend campground (Ends Sunday 1 November 2015)

Partial closure of Island Bend campground due to maintenance. Camp sites are now available at the lower camp at Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park. Some sites have been fenced and will remain closed for 6 to 12 months following capping works to ameliorate the asbestos risk and to allow for revegetation. Other sites have been gated or fenced and will remain closed due to ongoing asbestos risks. Please observe all signs and closures. For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at the NPWS Jindabyne Office or on 0427 437391 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page. Download a map of the closed areas.
Munyang Bridge closed (behind Guthega Powerstation)
Snowy Hydro have advised that the Munyang Bridge behind the Guthega Powerstation at Munyang will be closed to all traffic including pedestrians until further notice. As this bridge gives access to Disappointment Spur, this means that there is no access to Disappointment Spur from the Munyang end. Access is possible from the Whites River end but this requires then turning around and exiting the same way (via Whites River).
Penalties apply for non-compliance
For more information, please contact Martin Grant from Snowy Hydro on 0429 382 794.
Thredbo Valley track maintenance - Thredbo Valley shared-use track (Ends Friday 19 December)

The construction work on all sections is now complete although vegetation maintenance, drainage, weed control and sign istallation work will be taking place from Mondays to Fridays for the next two weeks without closing the track, so please be aware of workers on the track. These works are being undertaken so that the track is in pristine condition for the summer break. For more information, please contact Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne on (02) 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Thursday 18 December)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Thursday 18 December 2014 for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as  possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities: http://

Yarrangobilly Caves House, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer