The Three Blue Ducks restaurant group has opened its newest offering in the Snowy Mountains, serving up the best of local produce.

Story Sue Wallace  Photo Nimbo Fork Lodge

Butterflied trout with capers and a touch of garlic, lemon and dill; tomahawk lamb chops with zucchini, mint and spring peas; and desserts that dazzle, such as sea salt meringue with lemon curd and berries. These are the highlights of the star-studded menu at the newest Three Blue Ducks restaurant at the picturesque Nimbo Fork Lodge, near Tumut in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.

It’s the fifth restaurant for the popular Three Blue Ducks group, and a new venture for the lodge that was originally built in 2007 for keen anglers. Located at the fork of the Tumut River and Nimbo Creek, the classic-style, five-suite lodge, which also has six luxury riverside cottages, has panoramic views.

The stylish, revamped restaurant, with its cathedral ceilings, honey-coloured pine timber floors and soaring slate two-way fireplace, has been freshened in tones of eucalypt green and olive that blend with the outdoors. Fishing memorabilia adorns the walls.

Josh Walsh, managing director of Nimbo Fork, and his wife Sophie, along with business partners Alex and Tom Heggaton, purchased the lodge two-and-a-half years ago and have put their own stamp on it. “We think the Three Blue Ducks will be a drawcard for locals and visitors alike and we are really excited for the region,” Josh says. “The ethos of the Three Blue Ducks crew runs parallel to the overall experience we are striving to achieve – to be regional Australia’s number-one accommodation, food and beverage offering ... The vision the Ducks team brings and their focus on local and ethically sourced produce is the perfect synergy for the partnership.”  

This story excerpt is from Issue #135

Outback Magazine: Feb/Mar 2021