Yalara is a much-loved lodge 400 metres from the lifts at Perisher in the NSW Snowy Mountains. Members and non-members approved by members can stay at the 24-person lodge throughout the year.
Built in 1964, the lodge has nine bedrooms spread across two levels, with a large communal kitchen, lounge room and dining room upstairs. Downstairs, it has a games room with a pool table, second TV room, drying room, boot racks and ski and snowboard storage areas.
WiFi is available in the lounge room.
What to bring
Blankets are provided in bedrooms, but guests must bring their own bed sheets, pillow cases and towels.
Yalara is a self-catering lodge. Guests can bring their groceries to the lodge on the Hans Oversnow transport and store them in the designated cupboards in the kitchen and shelves in the fridge and freezer assigned for your room. There is a small supermarket at the Perisher Ski Tube Terminal, however it is cheaper to stock up at the supermarket in Jindabyne en route or bring supplies from home in Eskies.
Guests are also required to clean their bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms at the end of their stay. A list of bedroom and bathroom cleaning duties can be found on the back of each bedroom door, and cleaning materials are provided.
A professional cleaner is usually employed to clean communal areas including the lounge room, kitchen, shared bathrooms and games room once a week from the July school holidays until mid-September, however guests are also expected to keep these areas clean and tidy throughout the week. They may also be asked by the elected house captain to perform additional duties, such as cleaning windows, vacuuming communal areas and clearing snow around emergency exit points. It is extremely important that guests follow these directions, particularly when it concerns safety.
Outside peak season there is no cleaner employed, and it is crucial that guests leave the lodge spotless during this period for the comfort of future guests. This allows us to keep the rates at Yalara low.
Yalara has an active Facebook page where we regularly post the latest news and updates on the lodge, especially during the most popular winter season. To like Yalara on Facebook please click here.
How to get there
Perisher is around a five to six hour drive from Sydney, via Jindabyne.
During the winter season, there is no overnight parking at Perisher or at the lodge. The best way to get to Yalara is by parking at the Ski Tube Terminal at Bullocks Flat, on The Alpine Way, and catching the tube to Perisher. During peak season trains run every 20 minutes. During the off peak season trains leave every half an hour. Click here for the timetable.
The skitube is the most convenient way to get to Perisher
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, trains operate on an hourly basis on request between Bullocks Flat and Perisher from 8pm to 6am. On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights they operate on request from 8pm to 1am. Requests can be made in person at Bullocks Flat or by courtesy phone from Perisher Valley Skitube Terminal.
Once at the terminal at Perisher, you can book Hans Oversnow transport to the lodge at their desk near the entrance. If there is enough snow cover, you can ski to the ski lifts from Yalara each day, and either walk home or return via Hans Oversnow transport. A Skiers’ Special is offered between certain times each afternoon – check signs at the desk with prices upon arrival.
In summer, you can usually drive all the way to the lodge and park.
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