" A granite cabin for two with solar panels, a rainwater tank, eco-conscious fittings and supplies, this is off-the-charts, off-the-grid living"


Pony Rider | Journal | Mill Cabin

Welcome to the enchanting world of the 'Mill Cabin,' nestled amidst the breathtaking Snowy Mountains in Crackenback. This captivating abode offers awe-inspiring views of the New South Wales high country range, providing an immediate connection with nature. With its organic design and use of natural building materials, the cabin seamlessly blends into its surroundings. Join us as we explore this magical haven and share the remarkable story of Illustrator Niki Fisher and carpenter Trent Lowe, whose deep love for nature and off-grid lifestyle perfectly complement our Winter range at Pony Rider.

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InSIDE OUT MAGAZINE | Place and purpose

This handcrafted cabin in the NSW Snowy Mountains is a contemporary take on the traditional stockman’s hut, providing an  off-grid retreat that melts into the landscape.

The rugged beauty of the Snowy Mountains is infinitely captivating, whether you’re seeking solitude or adventure. Its pristine rivers, snow-dusted gums and crisp, clean air lend a distinctly Australian brand of alpine magic, which is precisely what drew illustrator Niki Fisher and her partner Trent Lowe, a carpenter, to the region in 2018.

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Following the shimmering Thredbo river upstream from Jindabyne, our arrival reveals expansive views across the valley to the peaks of the Snowy Mountains. Set in a clearing on the site of a former timber mill, Mill Cabin’s location is ideal to immerse yourself amongst the flora and endemic wildlife of this montane region.

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Mill Cabin: Minimalist design in the Snowy Mountains. Let Us In Home Tour

Mill cabin sits in harmony with its surroundings, not competing or distracting from the environment. Set in the Snowy Mountains in Crackenback, on a naturally cleared site with magnificent views overlooking the New South Wales high country range.Embracing natural building materials where possible and featuring an understated design, reminiscent of the old stockman huts of the Australian high country. This modest yet breathtaking cabin is completely at ease in its environment, let’s take a closer look…

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THE LOCATION In sub-alpine woodlands with broad views of Mount Perisher and neighbouring ranges, this Snowy Mountains cabin is 2.5 hours’ drive from Canberra, 5.5 hours from Sydney and 15 minutes from Jindabyne.

THE PLACE A granite cabin for two with solar power, a rainwater tank and eco-conscious fittings and supplies, this is off-the-charts, off-the-grid living. Forget about the ski slopes; this is the other side of alpine adoration, more tactile linen than fluoro fleece. There’s no TV (though there is Wi-Fi); instead, there’s a wood stove inside and a fire pit and barbecue outside, plus an outdoor bath among the snow gums. The furniture is mostly designed and built by the owners using local hardwoods and salvaged cedar; the crockery in the full kitchen is also handmade and interesting, with the coffee brewed in a moka pot rather than via the more-usual pod machine.

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EXploring the best stays of NSW |
A co-escape guide

Mill Cabin in Crackenback is a true gem for travellers seeking a serene and idyllic retreat in the heart of nature. Located in the picturesque Snowy Mountains region of Australia, this cozy and rustic cabin is nestled amid a verdant forest and offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. The interior is beautifully appointed with timber joinery and boasts a comfortable living area, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a wood fireplace for those cold nights.

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For centuries, people have retreated to  the mountains for quiet contemplation.  In the Snowy Mountains, in NSW’s High Country, hikers breathe in cool, eucalyptus-scented air as they navigate dramatic summits and breathtaking ravines. Illustrator Niki Fisher and her partner, Trent Lowe, a carpenter, are among those who’ve spent countless hours trekking through the bush, admiring the old stockmen’s cottages that were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s as they go.

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Hidden within the wilds of NSW is an off-the-grid getaway treat. Located in a small clearing with sweeping views to the mountain ranges, sits Mill Cabin, a space we’ve nicknamed hygge heaven.

With its connection to nature and distance from the typical urban way of life, the home provides a welcome escape for the weary, those looking to reset and reconnect with themselves.

Cabin curiosity piqued? Then join us as we politely poke our nose into this delicious slice of cosy.

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The most tranquil and peaceful place I think I’ve ever stayed. Surrounded by snow gums and overlooking snow-capped mountains, Mill Cabin is a truly special place. Perfectly at home in nature, but incredibly comfortable and well-appointed. We honestly never wanted to leave - such a blissful few days here.


Absolutely AMAZING! Wow,wow,wow!In a very private setting, lovely place with a great view! Very clean and comfortable. Bed was comfortable and was warm even without the fireplace kept on.We saw plenty of wildlife during our 3 night stay! Kangaroos, wallabies, deers and EMUS!


AMAZING!!! By the far the most amazing place we have stayed.Trent and Niki have created such an incredible Airbnb - highly recommend.The location is completely secluded but close enough to head to the snow or into town if you’d like. The cabin has everything you need from cooking utensils/staples, fire wood, board games, beautiful styling, and the most amazing scenery/view.Definitely an experience we won’t ever forget - I can’t wait to stay here again :)


"A little piece of heaven, magical."


"This place is amazing! You can tell how much work went into all the finishing touches, we loved our stay. Beautiful quiet location, really comfortable bed, we’ll be back for another relaxing weekend away."


Mill Cabin was just pure serenity. We were greeted by wallabies, hopping around in the early snow, then entered the cabin to find the most delightful sanctuary. Every detail was considered, from the textures of the towels to the beautiful ceramics in the kitchen. We absolutely loved the design of the cabin, nestled into the gum trees, taking in the magnificent views from every window. We feel revived & indulged, the perfect place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Thank you Niki & Trent for a gorgeous experience.


"Can’t recommend Mill Cabin highly enough; the space is beautiful, peaceful and sparkling clean, with high quality products and thoughtful touches. The surrounds are pristine, wonderfully quiet and absolutely private. There is wildlife (kangaroos, deer and even a wombat!) that approach quite close to the cabin and really add to the experience. Communication with Niki was effortless and she was able to provide me lots of helpful info on the area. I feel nourished and very well rested after my 5 night stay- a much needed detox from city life. Will definitely return."