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Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage

The Ready-Cut Cottage is an early 'ready-cut' or prefabricated kit home situated in the Gudgenby Valley, on the southern bank of the Gudgenby River in Namadgi National Park, approximately 29 kilometres south of the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre. The Ready-Cut Cottage is available for hire by groups or individuals. Any proposed use of the cottage is assessed on the basis that it should have a benefit to Namadgi National Park.


The cottage's three bedrooms sleep a total of eight people. One bedroom has a double bed, the second a single bed and trundle bed, and the third two single beds and two trundle beds. In addition there are:

Lounge/dining room

  • a lounge/dining room, bathroom and kitchen (including crockery, cutlery, glasses, electric jug, toaster, pots and pans)
  • a hot water system, large fridge and electric stove
  • a slow-combustion wood heater in the lounge/dining room and a wood stove in the kitchen
  • electricity and tank water.
Day use

Day use may be appropriate for small groups (up to 12) such as educational groups, for which the cottage could provide shelter and space for discussions or workshops. Travel to and from the Ready-Cut Cottage would be required each day.

Potential hirers please note the following:
  • Applications to use the cottage will be assessed against the three criteria listed below.
  • Pillows are provided but bed linen, blankets and towels are not supplied.
  • There is no telephone at the cottage and no mobile phone coverage.
  • Firewood is not supplied and cannot be collected from within the park (bags of firewood are sold at the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre).
  • The cottage has no washing machine.
Hire fees

Use of the Ready-Cut Cottage is on a cost-recovery basis and involves the following:

  • $150 refundable key deposit
  • $500 refundable bond to cover the cost of any damage
  • $30 per person per night, or $15 per person per day, to cover the cost of power, water, sewerage and maintenance of the cottage.

These costs may be waived at the discretion of the Area Manager.

Getting there

Directions to the cottage, as well as gate and cottage keys, are provided when checking in at the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre, en route to the cottage. The last two kilometres of the road to the cottage are unsealed.

The Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, looking westward

Applying to use the Ready-Cut Cottage

The Ready-Cut Cottage is becoming increasingly popular. Applications to use the cottage should be submitted at least 28 days (but no more than six months) in advance, and must be submitted as an Application to Use a Public Place (PDF 159KB) (Word 91KB)  by fax, mail or email (please do not use the online application form). Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Any proposed occupancy must be seen to be beneficial to Namadgi National Park. The cottage is not available for commercial use.
  2. The reasons for occupying the cottage must not be incompatible with the Primary Management Objectives of the Namadgi National Park Plan of Management 2010 (pages 19-20). Activities associated with the occupancy of the cottage must be ecologically sustainable and have minimal impact on the natural and cultural values of the park.
  3. Before using the Ready-Cut Cottage, the hirer must have read, understood and agreed that he/she will abide by the Conditions of Use (Word 83KB) (PDF 132KB)

PLEASE NOTE: Your response to the above criteria should be entered on the application form in the section headed Activity / Purpose for which Public Place will be used. Attach an additional sheet if there is insufficient space. Please also print, sign and submit a copy of the Conditions of Use (Word 83KB) (PDF 132KB) with your application.

Examples of appropriate use include:

  • education or training activities based in the park
  • indigenous and historical activities associated with the park
  • artists in residence such as painters, sculptors, writers and quilters
  • volunteer activities associated with the park including training, meetings and events
  • interpretive activities associated with the park
  • research or academic study into the natural or cultural values of the park
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