Turnak Lodge is a fantastic mountain hideaway, situated above the snowline in Guthega Village in the Kosciuszko National Park, NSW. With picturesque and dramatic views over Guthega Dam towards the snow capped ridge line of the main range that borders NSW and Victoria, Turnak provides excellent access to downhill skiing in Perisher Valley, outback skiing along the main range, as well as fishing in the Snowy River and hiking toward Charlotte Pass.

Turnak is run by Turnak Cooperative Ski Club, founded in 1963 by a group of university students who shared a passion for the frontier adventure of the alpine wilderness.

The lodge is open throughout the summer and winter months, allowing members, their families and guests, to enjoy the many sports and activities offered at the Snowy Mountains National Park.

With many of the original members, their children and grandchildren still actively involved, the lodge is managed by an elected Board of co-operative Members, and maintained by work parties held throughout the year.


Turnak Lodge sleeps up to 18 people and was originally designed in 1962 by renowned Sydney architect John James, who brought to the project a clear vision of blending the lodge with its unique alpine surroundings.

Keeping this theme, Turnak Lodge has been improved dramatically since then, most recently to include:-

  • A practical and innovatively designed kitchen, beautifully finished and fitted with modern appliances.
  • New ensuite bedrooms that take in the breathtaking views.

Bookings for the winter season open on 1 February each year.  Summer bookings are accepted from 1 September.