A Fisherman’s Paradise at the Fork in the River
How to do a fishing trip and do it well.
It has all the makings of an epic gentlemen’s trip – rugged scenery, a river where the trout have been known to jump right out of the water, and a comfortable lodge to retreat to with a bar well-stocked with local wines, the best scotch and gins from around the world, and a pool table to while away the evening.
Located at the northern end of Kosciuscko National Park, literally on the road to Gundagai, is Nimbo Fork Lodge.
The property was first built 12 years ago as a fly-fishing lodge, open only at certain times of the year. But with its transfer to new ownership last year, Nimbo Fork is now welcoming guests year-round.
The lodge (with six suites) and its six adjacent cottages, which take their design cues from grand Hamptons homes, are nestled into a steep ridgeline, overlooking the union of the Tumut River with Nimbo Creek.
A scramble up the hill behind the lodge rewards the energetic with endless views across the Snowy Mountains foothills, and with horse-riding one of the local activities on offer, you can have your own ‘Man from Snowy River’ moment. The local area, all part of the national park, is criss-crossed with bushwalking and mountain biking trails.
But fishing – as the interior references suggest – is definitely the main attraction here. Nimbo Fork offers bespoke packages such as a guided fly-fishing tour in a hand-crafted wooden boat, led by locals who know where the fish are most likely to bite.
For a break from the waders, guests can also take a winery tour by helicopter, flying with True North Helicopters over the Snowy Mountains and stopping in at local wineries Obsession and Courabyra Wines.
Back at the lodge, the dining room offers modern Australian dishes starring local produce such as cured Snowy Mountains trout and confit pork belly, accompanied by a wine list curated by Barossa Valley viticulturist Chris Molineaux. Again, local suppliers such as Eden Road, Nick Spencer, Freeman and Simao & Co feature here.
Those travelling with a significant other for a more romantic occasion would also not be disappointed. In the cottages, both the private balcony and luxuriously sized bath contemplate the picturesque scene of the river’s fork, with the babbling interrupted only by the occasionally rambunctious cattle who roam on the opposite bank. An in-house provedore offers local goodies and hampers can be arranged for riverside picnics. And we dare say some in-room spa treatments would buy more uninterrupted fishing time.
Room prices start from $320 a night. Helicopter tours with True North start at $265, while fly-fishing packages are priced on application. Nimbo Fork Lodge, 330 Nimbo Rd, Killimicat NSW 2720.