Nestled into a fabulous garden and surrounded by the bush and the birds - you'll love Snowgums, its a gem in the mountains. We can't wait to share it with you. Sue and Bob
Welcome to Snowgums! We offer clean, cosy and contemporary accommodation where, along with a sun-filled bedroom, you have a private sitting room, both of which look out onto the bushland. There's also your own private bathroom plus a simple kitchenette with fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster plus all the makings for a yummy continental breakfast. Please note there is no access to the main house kitchen. Just like a self-contained apartment, but with friends (us) nearby! If you are 3, please make sure you read about the extra bed below.
Snowgums is situated in a quiet street a little away from the hubbub of central Katoomba with the amazing Blue Mountains National Park just 100m down the road. We can provide loads of information on local walks for those interested in hiking.
So what's the breakfast? A wholesome continental breakfast comprising bread (gluten free available too) with butter and spreads (sweet and savoury), cereals including home-made muesli, preserved and fresh fruit, yoghurt and juice plus tea and coffee (plunger [french press] coffee or instant) available all day. Also, if Sue's cooking other yummies they usually make their way into your kitchenette too.
Spook is our very friendly Jack Russell dog (see his picture in the photo gallery) who loves company but who might bark on your arrival to let us know you're here! Mind you, he is getting a bit deaf these days!
Finally, on sunny mornings we recommend you sit out on the front porch to catch the morning rays while enjoying the bush surroundings and the birds. A great place for breakfast!
Snowgums is set up ideally for couples. However, there is a comfy single fold-up bed when there are two guests who don't wish to share the queen-sized bed or when there are 3 guests. The fold-up bed accommodates children or adults who weigh less than 90kg only though. For a 3rd person there is an extra charge of $25 per night but if you are two singles, a simple one-off extra $25 is charged for the use of the fold-up bed.
Because we live here as well, we erect a temporary screen allowing our guests exclusive access to your front half of the house and while we love to interact with our guests we also recognise that privacy is really important. The screen allows you to live privately but also to ask questions or speak with us as you wish.
While bushwalking is often the centre of activities here in the Blue Mountains, there are plenty of other less strenuous things to do. Sue and Bob can give you many suggestions of great things to do other than walking.
If you are a keen walker however, we can recommend many local walks. For the more adventurous who want to do the 6-foot track (a 3-day walk between Katoomba and Jenolan), the track is just down the road. When you stay at Snowgums you can leave your car on the premises reducing the risk of break in etc. Twice we've had guests who stayed at Snowgums for 3 nights, caught the bus to Jenolan Caves and then walked the 3 days back to Snowgums for another night's stay to shower, eat and relax before furthering their trip. Both sets of guests really appreciated being able to leave some gear at Snowgums while away on their walk then returning to a warm welcome of a home away from home at the end of their long walk.
Snowgums is a 20 minute walk from both the train station and the centre of town. Unfortunately there is not much public transport nearby so you either need to enjoy walking or bring your own car. Most times we can pick you up or drop you at the train station or drop you at the start of a bush walk but this depends on our movements. If you have a car, we have plenty of parking space.
At Snowgums we can give you loads of ideas for great walks to do in the area as Sue has done many of the local walks herself. We can also lend you a daypack and water bottles if you don't have your own plus sunscreen to keep harmful UV rays at bay!
At Snowgums free Wi-Fi access is included.
There are plenty of books and magazines to read and board games to play and a TV and many DVDs to watch if you so desire (no extra charge).
Please keep showers short and to one a day (unless there is a dire need!) as we are on tank water. Smoke outside only please.
We can wash your clothes ($10 a load) but there's no charge for people staying 3 days or more. However, as we have no dryer, we recommend washing and drying your clothes at the Katoomba Laundromat.
Otherwise, please just treat this place with kindness and consideration for the environment as you would like others to treat your space (i.e. turn off lights etc when not in use).
Snowgum was as excellent. Lovely space, private and very welcoming. Sitting room and breakfast food are excellent additions. Would definitely stay again.
Sue & Bob were great hosts!
Bob picked us up from the train station. He also dropped us off in the central business district the first day and the train station on the second day!
The rooms were clean, welcoming, and comfortable! Their garden was beautiful and had fragrant lavender blooming.
We enjoyed our conversations with Sue and Bob. They were most helpful when we needed some extra things. Our stay with them in the Blue Mountains was so enjoyable!
Fanastic experience! Sue, Bob and spook the dog (adorable!) were warm and welcoming hosts. They very kindly picked up up from the station and even showed us to a beautiful hike we would have not found ourselves. Their home is beautiful and spotlessly clean, we were provided with a very tasty breakfast, a comfortable bed, and had plenty of room to relax. The surrounding area is beautiful and Bob and Sue gave us lots of information about interesting places to go. Two thumbs up! Definitely would come back if we are in the area again.
Sue's home is a great place to discover the Blue Mountains. Located in Katoomba, it is close enough to the center to be convenient, yet far enough so that you enjoy peace and quiet. the rooms including the kitchenette are convenient and friendly, The breakfasts were great as well. As for Sue and Bob themselves (and Spook the dog of course!!) , they are very nice people and welcoming, with lots of advice about the area and the local entertainment. We very much recommend staying at their place. Thanks a lot for their hospitality !
Bob and Sue are great hosts. Bob welcomed us on arrival and gave us lots of great information about the area.
Their place is clean, comfortable and cozy and there are lots of books and entertainments available.
Great place to stay in Blue mountain :)
I cannot say enough good things about our time with Sue and Bob; they were beyond lovely, their place was great and we truly felt like we were on vacation. The hikes and places to check out were great. Sue and Bob were lovely company, they even invited us to their New Years celebration! Recommend? YES!
Yes, very welcome. Just as described - possibly better than described. Very spacious and well located for the local facilities.
When we travel, we like to soak in the culture of a place and get in touch with the 'real' humanity of a place, not just its tourist sites. And because we live in such a beautiful part of the world, and our house is larger than we need for just ourselves, we have decided to share this beautiful space with others. We value your privacy and ours too though so when we have guests staying with us, we love to interact with them but also love to offer privacy so don't worry, we won't be 'in your face' all the time!
The types of people we love meeting are open minded travellers especially those who love the outdoors, nature and serenity. Our dog, Spook, will welcome you too.
Sue is a keen bushwalker and can offer recommendations for walks suitable to all types of people. She is also a vipassana meditator.
Bob is a retired carpenter and draftsman and loves meeting new people and, when possible, driving them to great walks in the area.