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 food and wine hub which is the cosmopolitan rural-city of Orange.  We are nearby orchards and famous cellar door wineries - yet once fully developed (subject to DA) Snowgums will be rich in 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, we are fine-tuning our plans to re-lodge with Cabonne Council which will involve replanting the land to suitable cold-climate native species across the entire 5-acre ecotourism site (subject to DA).

The revise plans will focus upon the rebuilding of native bird corridors between the precinct and the neighbouring Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area recently affected by out of control bushfires.

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

Here are the key documents previously submitted:

Amended concept plan - as at 10 April 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 re-lodgement and subsequent assessment we will be in a position to consider a small number of private events and eco-tourism related activities highlighting the brilliant natural beauty of our land and surrounds.