Yarrangobilly Caves House: Guest rooms

Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Overview

Stay in the luxurious guest rooms at Yarrangobilly Caves House. It's an award winning heritage house (circa 1917) set in a breathtaking part of Kosciuszko National Park. This charming self catered accommodation is perfect for couples or families who wish to escape the crowds.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Lodge
Where 51 Yarrangobilly Caves Road, Yarrangobilly, NSW, 2720 - in Yarrangobilly area
Maximum guests 24
Facilities Barbecue facilities, cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, public phone, showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Food supplies
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking. Minimum stays may apply.

Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Bookings

Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

Group bookings and functions: To book for 20 people or more, contact Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.

Please note
  • Check in 3pm to 5pm. Check out 10am. Contact Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre to arrange late check in.
  • Keys can be collected from Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre. Fees may apply for lost keys.
  • Yarrangobilly Caves House is in a remote location. Please bring all your supplies, including food and fuel. The nearest towns are Tumut and Adaminaby, a 1 hour drive. 
  • There's no mobile phone reception here.
  • For a cosy experience and your own self-contained wing next door, see Yarrangobilly Caves House East and West wings.

For a weekend away from it all, head for Yarrangobilly Caves House in the picturesque Yarrangobilly Valley in Kosciuszko National Park. Revel in the wonder of a bygone era and stay in your own deluxe private room in this grand heritage building. 

Ideal for romantic getaways and celebrating special occasions, Yarrangobilly Caves House is in a spectacular location surrounded by tall forests. Spend your days exploring walking tracks or take guided and self-guided cave tours. You can also catch some fish in the clear mountain streams. Yarrangobilly Caves House is only a short drive to Selwyn Snowfields, where you can enjoy a day out skiing the slopes. 

After a day of adventuring, slip 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. 

Yarrangobilly Caves House also makes a classic wedding or special occasion venue. 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
  • Canberra Region Tourism Awards – 2015 and 2016 Commendations – Unique Accommodation

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Yarrangobilly Caves House: Guest rooms .

Getting there and parking

Yarrangobilly Caves House is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. 

From the Monaro Highway: 

  • At Cooma, take the Snowy Mountains Highway and continue for around 110km.
  • Turn left onto Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road.
  • Follow the unsealed road for around 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 90km.
  • Turn right on to Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road.
  • Follow the unsealed road for around 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves House.

The closest service stations are in Talbingo and Adaminaby. 24-hour fuel is only available in Gundagai or Cooma. Cabramurra also has a 24/7 card-only service.

Road quality

  • Yarrangobilly Caves entrance and exit roads are graded gravel. They're suitable for 2WD and 4WD vehicles up to 12.5m in length, however the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) advise that the roads are unsuitable for caravans.
  • RMS recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in case of extreme weather. Visit the Live Traffic website for road conditions.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Snow chains required after snow

Parking

Parking is available at Yarrangobilly Caves House. Bus parking is available–contact the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre for access.

Facilities

The guest rooms available at Yarrangobilly Caves House are: 4 queen ensuites. 1 king no ensuite. 2 king suite (king plus sofa bed). 2 family suites (2 interconnecting rooms with king and 2 single beds)

  • The family suite accommodates 4 people. All other rooms have a maximum of 2 occupants, with the following exceptions:
  • The king suites accommodate 2 people, and an additional child or infant on the sofa bed. The infant is free if bringing your own portacot and linen.
  • Room 10/11 (one of the family suites) can accommodate one additional child or infant in a folding bed or portacot (for hire). The infant is free if bringing your own portacot and linen.
  • All king beds can be made up as single beds on booking request.
  • The king (no ensuite) has a private bathroom located next door. Guests will be given a key at check-in.
  • There are 2 shared kitchens, 2 family/lounge rooms, a dining room that seats 24 people, a verandah and outdoor barbecue area.
  • The main kitchen includes a stove, a cook top, microwave, slow cooker and a full range of baking pans and utensils for 3 complete cooking stations.
  • There are heaters in the bedrooms.
  • Washing machine and drying room is available. 
  • There is no DVD player, television or stereo at the accommodation.
  • View the floor plans in maps and downloads
  • Please leave the accommodation clean and tidy with all dishes washed up and put away. Any unreasonable cleaning will be charged a cleaning fee.
  • A function room is available for hire. For more information contact Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.
     

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Cafe/kiosk

The visitor centre has a limited range of snacks, soft drinks and ice cream, personal items and basic supplies.

Carpark

Drinking water

UV-treated on site

Public phone

Calls paid for at the visitor centre on check out.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

Hydro and diesel power.

Maps and downloads

Fees and passes

Please note there is a $4 site fee (valid for 24hrs) for vehicles without a day pass or annual pass.

  • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)

Safety messages

Alpine safety

Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. There is 1 wheelchair accessible king suite.

Permitted

Cavers must be part of a registered caving association and have a cave permit for all recreational caving activities.

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

For the benefit of others, noise should be kept to a minimum and should end by 10pm.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Please note outdoor fires may not be lit.

Camping

Drones

Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

Commercial filming and photography

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

Gathering firewood

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Yarrangobilly Caves House: Guest rooms is in Yarrangobilly area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Unique landscapes

Jersey Cave decorations, at Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH

Yarrangobilly’s karst landscapes were created from a belt of limestone laid down about 440 million years ago. Almost all cave formations can be seen here, from stalactites and stalagmites, hollow straws and delicate helictites, to shawls, cave coral, and massive flowstones. Karst environments are nature’s time capsules, preserving evidence of climate change, floods, droughts, fires, animal and human activity. Over the years, Yarrangobilly's caves have hosted researchers from universities, nuclear science organisations and the Snowy Hydro. You can now visit Harrie Wood Cave, which was closed from 2006-2016, to learn how stalagmites have growth rings, and find out about about climate change monitoring.

  • Jersey Cave Step back in time on a guided tour of Jersey Cave. You’ll be awed by some of the most colourful and diverse decorations at Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Jillabenan Cave Take a fascinating guided tour of Jillabenan Cave. It's the smallest and most accessible of the Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park, but it's packed with incredibly delicate formations.
  • North Glory Cave This cave is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. 
  • South Glory Cave South Glory Cave will open for self-guided tours from Saturday 11 December 2021. Masks are compulsory. Take a leisurely self-guided tour through the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave. It never fails to astonish. 

Explore above and below ground

Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

No visit to Yarrangobilly is complete without a visit to its marvellous caves, so stop by the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre to get your tickets and tour times. The largest, South Glory Cave, allows you to explore at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Jersey and Jillabenan Caves offer guided tours that run 3 or 4 times daily - Jillabenan even boasts wheelchair-access. The visitor centre can also help with tours of other caves, meetings, weddings, custom tours for groups or students from 10 to 100 people. With caves, tours, walks, and the natural mineral waters of the thermal pool to tempt you, you’ll need to stay a few days. Book your own lovingly restored wing or a great-value room at Caves House. Enjoy the creature comforts of Lyrebird Cottage, or set up camp at Yarrangobilly Village campground, just off the Snowy Mountains Highway.

  • Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool walk Take the short Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool walk and enjoy a swim in the spring-fed natural pool. It's easily combined with a picnic, bushwalk or cave tour in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is your one stop destination for information on cave tours and tickets, and top tips on where to stay and what to do in the Yarrangobilly and northern areas of Kosciuszko National Park.

A wonderland for wildlife

The endangered smoky mouse. Photo: Linda Broome/OEH

Karst environments are complex ecosystems containing highly specialised plants, animals and micro-organisms. The dense shrubs around Yarrangobilly River provide protection for the endangered smoky mouse, as well as being great for bird watching. At night you might be lucky to see a possum or sugar glider, forest bats, tawny frogmouth owl or even an endangered sooty owl. Don’t be put off if you see algae or even springtime tadpoles in the thermal pool. Algae and weed provide a breeding site for eastern banjo frogs, aka pobblebonks, because of their banjo-like ‘plonk’ or ‘bonk’, meaning the water is clean and healthy. School students can learn more about Kosciuszko National Park’s ecosystems and important biodiversity on a school excursion.

Discover Aboriginal culture

Learning about Aboriginal culture from NPWS rangers, Birrimal Waga Amphitheatre, Tumut. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/NPWS

Yarrangobilly is the perfect place to experience the rich Aboriginal culture of the Wolgalu People. Join a NPWS Aboriginal ranger to see the tools and techniques of the Traditional Owners of this unique landscape. Take part in hands-on activities like string making, or learn how to start a fire without matches. Wolgalu culture tours run on select dates during school holidays, and start from the picnic area near Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre (bookings essential).

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Common wombat. Photo: Keith Gillett

    Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

    A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

  • Eastern water dragon. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii)

    The eastern water dragon is a subaquatic lizard found in healthy waterways along eastern NSW, from Nowra to halfway up the Cape York Pensinsula. It’s believed to be one of the oldest of Australian reptiles, remaining virtually unchanged for over 20 million years.

  • A juvenile platypus saved by National Parks and Wildlife staff. Photo: M Bannerman/OEH

    Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

    One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

  • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

    The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

  •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

    With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

  • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

Plants

  • Billy Button flowers at Peery Lake picnic area. Photo: Dinitee Haskard OEH

    Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )

    Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.

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