June 7, 2012
Situated in the hub of the NSW Snowy Mountains, where alpine slopes and snow gum woodlands abound, Alpine Habitats eco-accommodation has something unique to offer the visitor.
Located only 10 minutes from Jindabyne and 20 minutes from Thredbo, Alpine Habitats offers skiers and snowboarders an eco choice in natural seclusion. Here you’ll encounter 18 sustainable habitats scattered across 40 acres of alpine bushland.
Accredited by Ecotourism Australia, Alpine Habitats aims to provide luxury accommodation with minimal environmental impact while ensuring guests experience some of the natural splendour of this rugged alpine region.
The heating, water and waste management systems used on site are all carbon neutral, so the only thing you’re likely to leave behind is marks in the snow. However, nothing is compromised, as each habitat has a 4.5 star rating with full kitchens and luxury furniture. There’s also a large deck with an outdoor barbeque that affords sweeping views of the alpine environment.
Facilities that have earned Alpine Habitats its eco label include:
- Collection of rain and bore water.
- Worm farm waste management system (with flushing toilets).
- The construction also uses a high degree of thermal properties while utilising passive solar energy.
- Water saving fixtures and fittings.
- Certified renewable electricity.
- EcoSmart fireplaces.
- Energy efficient appliances.
- Visual impact is kept to a minimum, as the facilities employs recessive colour schemes.
Alpine Habitats is also child friendly and contains a library and information walking track to get you better acquainted with the area. Recently the place was featured on Channel Nine’s Getaway as part of their Snowy Mountains special.
What’s there to do in the area around Alpine Habitats?
The adjacent Kosciusko National Park contains 690,000 hectares of rugged wilderness, which beckons visitors for an outdoor adventure. And besides its renowned ski and snowboarding options, the summer offers activities such as horse riding, fishing, bush and mountain walking, or simply the chance to breathe in some of the cleanest air on the planet.
There’s also the nearby Thredbo Valley distillery if you fancy a tipple, or you could try the Crackenback Cottage just down the road if you feel like heading out for dinner. There’s also a cruise on lake Crackenback, or if you’re keen to head a little further a field, there’s the Yarrangobilly Caves, which have been described as “some of the most beautiful in Australia”.
For more information check out the Alpine Habitats website.