After a long, rattly drive we came to this place and it had a great feel. A cabin-style setup made it feel like you're visiting a private mountain lodge with animals greeting you from enclosures all along the driveway. Tall trees gave some shelter without blocking the incredible view of the mountains.
We parked our campervan on the grass near the main building with our bedroom window facing the mountains only to be rewarded with the most stunning sunrise-colours on the hills.
The lodge has a pool table, although it had seen better days we still really enjoyed a couple of free games before retiring. Staff were friendly, welcoming and even helped set up our caravan at the site. We were the only van there so had choice, but there is enough space to spread out.
We had power to our van so cooked up a storm but realised we didnt have vegies. The chef was kind enough to just cook up some roast vegies which they even brought out to our van to complete our meal.
They had ducks, goats and even deer up in the mountain which you could go check out. It's also a short drive to Mount Somers (LOTR location) which was so beautiful and peaceful (commercial tours are not allowed here so no large buses of mobs). We loved the entire feel of the place as it's not touristy and super quiet.
If there was any feedback it would be that the toilets could do with a little spruce up, but they're by all means bad. Also, the park is on a little slope so might need to play around with positioning a caravan if you want it perfectly level. Also a bigger wine selection would be fab - although I think we may have come at a time when they were low on reds. Being remote they can't get access to supplies as easily.
There is only satellite wifi here as it's too remote for 4G so buying internet access is expensive. Best to go without the internet for this one and just enjoy the remoteness of this awesome place.
Very friendly staff. Room is spacious and very clean. Located very close to Mt Sunday. Although a bit (about 20km) off road, it’s definitely worth the effort. Breath taking scenery along the way. Food at the restaurant is also very good.
We had a great time at Mt Potts but they need to improve several things.
First of all they don't provide any food service. Thankfully I was reading a comment on trip advisor regarding the fact that they didn't have a restaurant open. I call the place and they confirmed that their chef left for holidays. I was very surprised as it is meant to be their highest season.
We were told that there is a kitchen for us to use. It is outside under a shed and could be cleaned a bit more. The bin in the kitchen hasn't been emptied for a while and hasn't been emptied whilst we were there (2 nights). So possums came at night looking for food and spread rubbish everywhere.
Rooms are nice and basic but for the price you can expect to have a least some kind of food offering and a cleaner kitchen.
The Lodge is some 40 kilometres from the nearest town at the back of a stunning alpine valley, where the humming of bees and mooing of cattle is the only thing you will hear. The last 20 kilometres or so of the road to Mt Potts are on gravel roads. This is no big deal even for smaller cars as long as you adjust your speed, but make sure your hire car is sufficiently insured.
The rooms are nice and clean. There is a microwave, a kettle and a fridge in the room. Some plates and cutlery are available. There is no TV. The whole complex is a short hop away from Mt Sunday, used widely in the Lord of the Rings movies. When I booked, the hotel had a minimum stay of two nights for the rooms.
I believe you can have an amazing time at this lodge but take good care with the following: I was the only guest during my stay and the kitchen/restaurant was closed. Bring food! The closest shop (a very small store in Mt Somers) is a 90 km roundtrip away and only sells basic items such as potnoodles and a bag of apples. If you don't want to go very hungry, stock up at a larger supermarket on your way.
There is no phone coverage. The wifi provided in the rooms is sufficient to check messages but that's about it.
Given the remoteness of the location I'm not sure whether I can recommend this place for solo travellers. When it rains at night and there is no TV, no restaurant and no other travellers in the bar, what do you do? It depends entirely on your personality, of course, but I thought this was worth pointing out.
Camped here for an evening on a whim and had a really great evening hosts Cav & Abi really made the evening. Chatting to new friends around the camp fire. Really good night. Only thing I'd say is the rates for an un powered site or bunk room are quite steel for a regular visit.