What do you do when you have two nights at Nimbo Fork Lodge?
There are different options available when travelling from Sydney to Killmicat. A four hour drive with Hertz rental car for three days cost me $85 and a full tank of fuel (uses half a tank each way) will set you back about AU$100 (pending petrol prices). You could fly from Sydney to Wagga Wagga with Qantas or Rex airlines, which may cost you about AU $300 return, plus it is an hour drive from Wagga Wagga Airport. Unless you want to fly by charter, that will set you back about $4k.
I took the driving option and planned the four hour with included rest breaks. Stop for lunch at The Sir George, located in the riverside village of Jugiong. Built in 1852, the historic venue offered a relaxed restaurant, bar and artisan bakery.
Nimbo Fork Lodge, in my view, is a serene luxury country-side escape and offers a paddock-to-plate dining experience. I haven’t done many country escapes before so driving through someone’s farm, passing by the neighbours (moo cows) and slightly off-road was an adventure.
When I arrived, I saw the beautiful ‘main house’ where I had to check-in and to my right, six gorgeous private cottages. The ‘main house’ offers six suites upstairs, a pantry to purchase a few deli items and picnic hamper, a pool table and seating area, lounge by the fireplace and the restaurant.
The cottage I was staying in for the next two nights was very peaceful. A spacious one bedroom, a bathroom with a bath overlooking the river and a rear terrace. Each morning I enjoyed a country-style breakfast (and loads of Nutella on my crumpet), omelette, fresh fruits, fresh bakery selection and juices. What you can expect here is the sense of taking a break with all the creature comforts of being at home.
Let’s keep it real: the WIFI at my cottage was ok, the TV was in the cupboard and sitting on top of a drawer that was taken out of the cupboard. A car is required to get around to the attractions nearby and there are a few places you should put on your to-do-list.
What you’ll love about the place.
You’re in the midst of natural beauty and landscape all around you. It’s a great adult-only escape for a romantic break or spending time with close friends/family.
The accommodation: a collection of individual one-bedroom cottages overlooking the river and lush greenery. Spacious (and I do mean spacious) and cosy that instantly welcomes you home after a day of exploring. With wooden floorboards, a ensuite as big as your room with a bath and a terrace to see the sunrise rise with a blanket and coffee. Not lazy mornings, but grateful mornings at your own pace. I didn’t get to see the suites within the main house, but they look just as great (seen on their website).
The dining experience: what a sensory experience! Let’s talk about “paddock to plate”, some places do it well whilst others try to jump on the same wave. Nimbo Fork Lodge Chef had me wanting more. “Delicious”. I had a quick sample taste (aka light dinner) of the Tumut Ale Marinated Lamb Backstrap. I was set – the lamb was cooked perfectly medium-rare (pink) and can taste the spices within the marinade. Uncomplicated and perfectly melted. This was the night before I even sat down for a proper three course dinner. For visual effect, visit my Instagram @travel.lifestyleblog and watch the highlight videos from Nimbo Fork.
Dining Part 2: Disclaimer: menu changes seasonally, but this is what I had enjoyed. Their were a few factors that made my dining experience memorable. The actual dining room. At the main house, the dining room is at the end of the corridor, passing the casual pool table area, you are welcomed with a cozy lounge area with a fireplace – perfect for pre-bevoirs before making your way to dinner.
Australian finest ingredients, locally sourced and working with local farmers on all parts, seasonal produce to ensure the exquisite dishes are unique and also sustainable. Paired with great wines, beers and cocktails, your romantic evening (in my case with food) is set.
Entree: Pumpkin Veloute with poached apples and chicken wing
Main: Pork Belly in hot soba noodles broth, egg, broccolini, radish
Dessert: Rustic Apple Tart with rosemary, honey syrup and vanilla bean icecream
There is a sense of pride here at Nimbo Fork Lodge. Sure, I was the guy in the corner taking note and taking quick photos so the other guests don’t see me (haha I do get shy sometimes). The level of service is exceptional. Towards the end of the evening and when it is not too busy. The Chef comes out from the kitchen and says hello to the diner at their table. Asking how they enjoyed the meal and for any feedback.
Things to do: There are a few things you can do around the area or do as little as possible and enjoy the services of Nimbo Fork. Here a couple of things to consider.
* Gourmet Picnic Basket to take on your travel or sit by the river near your cottage. Requires a couple of days notice or make your own.
* In-room massage or spa treatment
* Sugar Pine Walk: 50mins drive
* Adelong Falls Gold Mill: 35mins drive
* Aussie Fly Fisher: fly fishing on the Tumut River (coming back for this)
* Aralong Trail Rides: 1hr drive, trail rides, camp out and more (coming back for this)
* Bush walking: ask for a map
* Helicopter Winery Tour
So thoughts on the country escape. I definitely coming back with a friend to enjoy a detox from the city. But also to give fly fishing and horse riding ago.
If you are ever passing through, looking for a unique place to stay – highly recommend this place. Till next time xx
Nimbo Fork Lodge
330 Nimbo Road, Killimicat NSW 2720, Australia
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