Our incredible location

Set above 1000m elevation upon more than 5 acres of rich volcanic previously cleared farmland sits Snowgums Retreat, our proposed ecotourism site, adjoining established orchards and Mt. Canobolas State Conservation Area.

Snowgums Retreat is located just a few minutes drive to the charming and cosmopolitan rural-town of Orange, nearby orchards and famous cellar door wineries - yet once fully developed it will be surrounded by sensitive subalpine native habitat beneficial to nature, our neighbours, the economy and guests.

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Our development application plans

When the present owners, Mark & Lisa Smith, acquired the property, its 5-acres of gardens and paddocks had been sadly neglected, however, each day they enjoyed the visits from a number of tiny native birds populating the land (hear their bird sounds here):

Mark & Lisa love connecting with nature and saw the potential to share these native treasures with guests and visitors to the land in the future, setting out then to rehabilitate the property.

Since Spring 2016 their gardener has removed many tonnes of weeds and exotic vegetation in readiness for replacement with habitat suitable to local varieties of native bird, insect, flora and fauna.

Well - now, the plans and applications have been lodged with Cabonne Council which involve replanting the land to suitable cold-climate native species across the entire 5-acre ecotourism site (subject to DA).

The plan further envisages the rebuilding of native bird corridors between the precinct and the neighbouring Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area.

Ultimately, Mark & Lisa hope this habitat enhances the already panoramic rural landscape views - making Snowgums a magical wedding garden setting with outdoor function space and both heritage and modern ecofriendly accommodation.

Here are the key documents:

Amended concept plan - as at 18 January 2018

A3 Plans, elevations and sections

Statement of Environmental Effects

Ecological assessment 16 October 2017

Soil Classification and Waste Water Treatment Report


It is hoped one day to convert the homestead, circa 1915, to a conservatory restaurant providing year-round dining and function space taking in the stunning north-easterly aspect towards Orange and over the Towac Valley.

Moreover, the conservatory would ideally serve the freshest imaginable fruits and vegetables grown on the property using sustainable and/or organic farming practices.

It is now hoped after assessment and pending approval that we will be in a position to plan out a full calendar of events and tourism activities highlighting the brilliant natural beauty of our land and surrounds.

Artists impressions follow:

Ideal location for your private small wedding (artists impression).