Sneak Preview: New Main Range Sauna in KNP SAP?

Submissions closed this week for public comment on the new “40 Year” Masterplan for KNP and the surrounding area – now lumped together and designated as one the NSW Governments SAPs – Special Activation Precincts.

Among the many proposals to enhance the alpine park experience are glamping, heli flights, a Japanese-style onsen, a luxury trout fishing lodge and more.

You get the idea.

We have one to add that we didn’t find in the fine print.

Check out Australia’s first high alpine sauna conveniently located a nice ski line down from Kozi, or Ramshead.

Perfect thing after a hard hike out to the summit, or soft heli in if and when that’s allowed.

'Sauna' in the snow, KNP
Make a nice little sauna © Waza

Will it happen? If it does, you saw it here first!

While submissions have closed, a week is a long time in politics as the saying goes. And 40 years is a long time for KNP.

History shows there are many hurdles to cross before changing things in KNP. From development to feral animal control, controversy abounds.

Those opposed, or in favour, of the changes will have the chance to put their case to voters soon enough. The Federal Eden Monaro electorate is one of the most hotly contested in the country, and nearly always a change of party there means a change of government too.

So expect issues here to rate highly in the campaign – due in May 2022 at the latest.

That it overlaps in part with the electorate of NSW Deputy Premier and National Party leader John Barilaro, himself a leading proponent of the SAP changes, means state and federal issues will mingle.

Meantime right now KNP is about as pristine as you will ever see it in winter at the moment thanks to lockdowns.

Pete did another big Thredbo – Kozi – Dead Horse Gap to file these pics.

KNP in winter is as pristine as we are ever likely to see it now thanks to lockdowns © Waza

“We went to Kozi in the cloud. It went blubird for 30 minutes then socked in with heavy cloud.

So we ran down the side of Kozi to the red hut.

By the time we got down to Dead Horse at 3:30 the last few hundred metres was unbelievably wet, heavy snot.”

All the more reason for a sauna..

Keep enjoying it out there if you can people.

Sauna and roll in the snow future glampers? © Waza

For more on a Thredbo to Kozi day mission check Pete’s feature here