Pygmy Possum Lodge is not a catered lodge, hence it is necessary for guests to bring the majority of their own food. See below for the condiments available free of charge. The open stock of these is on the bench or in the community cupboard of each kitchen. When the open stock is depleted, more can be obtained from the food store which is in a locked room on the ground floor level of the lodge, accessible via the laundry. The food store key is located on a fridge in each wing. The food store also contains non perishable items available for purchase.
Condiments available free of charge at the lodge
sugar and icing sugar
cooking oil - not for deep frying
salt, black peppercorns and grinder, other condiments such as curry powder, mint sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce
See the Food Store Docket 2018 pdf document for an indication of the types of items available in the store, and the prices. Copies of this food store docket are available in the food store. All usage is to be itemised on a food store docket. For those who would like to submit an electronic spreadsheet copy of the docket, save it to your favourite spreadsheet program which you can operate off the internet while at the lodge e.g. via a google sheets document with the corresponding app on your phone. Be sure to download a fresh copy prior to each visit. Fill in the details of your booking id, booking subid, and the deposit paid as per the document sent with the final room allocations sheet.
Paying for Food Used/Claiming a Food Deposit Refund
It is usual for winter booking fees to include a food store deposit. Guests are emailed a prefilled version of the "Summary of Food Used, Payments, Refunds" form (along with the room allocations) prior to their stay. The blank forms are on the back of the food store dockets for those guests who forget to print the prefilled form to take to the lodge. Summer visitors do not pay a food store deposit as of February 2017.
At the end of their stay all guests are to give the filled in Summary of Food Used, Payments, Refunds form to the lodge captain and, if any food has been used, the filled in food store docket along with cash for any moneys owing for food purchases to the lodge captain. If the lodge captain is not available, it is the guest's responsibility to send this paperwork back to the club. It can either be posted to
ESC Bookings PO Box 3157 Thornton NSW 2322
or scanned and sent by email to
The Summary of Food Used, Payments, Refunds form must be returned regardles of any food being used or a deposit paid. In the latter case it is your declaration to the club that you haven't used any food. If the club doesn't receive these nil returns in summer, it will go back to charging a food store deposit with the summer bookings.
Lodge Captains Food Store Accounting Role
At the end of their stay, it is the guests responsibility to give to the lodge captain of their wing:
their filled in Summary of Food Used, Payments, Refunds form regardless of whether there has been a deposit paid or any food used