Shoal Bay Holiday Unit

Pygmy Possum Lodge is not a catered lodge, hence it is necessary for guests to bring the majority of their own food

There is a Food Store for the non perishable community items and items for purchase by members and guests.

The purchasable items are intended for the convenience of our winter visitors, to help reduce the luggage burden given that in winter it is not possible to drive to the lodge and it is also not practical to travel out to a supermarket to get extra stocks if your supplies run low during your stay.

Summer guests are welcome to purchase and help us use up left-over stocks up until the restock in March, but for those staying between the March restock and the winter season, please consider the winter guests and minimise your use of the store in that period.

The store is 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. Children are only permitted in the foodstore when in the company of an adult.

See below for the condiments usually available (free of charge). Please CHECK for the open stock of these on the bench and in the community cupboard of each kitchen BEFORE obtaining more from the food store.

Videos of the Stock Items, March 2021

Note that plain flour, self-raising flour and custard powder have been added to the community items.

A number of items were not stocked this year, either due to lack of availability for us to buy them, or the fact that they do not have an extended Best Before date. Demand for some of the short Best Before date items has proven to be unpredictable in the past, and we have needed to discard much of the purchased stock in some years. Items not stocked in 2021 are

Paying for Food Used

Booking fees do not include a food store deposit. (The deposit system was phased out for summer visitors in 2017, and for winter visitors in 2019.) Guests are required to fill in a food store docket detailing their purchases, and to supply this to the lodge captain at the end of their stay along with cash for the money owed. Guests can also opt to pay using the BPAY Reference numbers of their booking. If the lodge captain is not available, it is the guest's responsibility to send the food store paperwork back to the club. It can either be posted to

ESC Bookings
30 Westgarth St
ACT 2602

or scanned and sent by email to .

If you do not use food from the foodstore, please make a "Nil food used declaration" to the lodge captain at the end of your stay, or email it to . If the club doesn't receive these nil returns, it will go back to charging a food store deposit with the 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: The lodge captain has instructions on how to deposit the cash received into the club's bank account. Their job is also to record the food store usage and payments per booking. This can be done via the Resources for Lodge Captains page. Alternatively they need to send the paperwork back to

ESC Bookings
30 Westgarth St
ACT 2602

The information and photos below do not reflect what is in stock for 2020

Condiments available free of charge at the lodge

Food Store Community Items
  • tea bags
  • instant coffee
  • drinking chocolate
  • sugar and icing sugar
  • cornflour
  • custard powder
  • cooking oil - not for deep frying
  • rolled oats
  • plain flour and self-raising flour
  • salt, black peppercorns and grinder, other condiments such as curry powder, mint sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce
  • herbs and spices - paprika, tumeric, chilli flakes, mixed herbs, cinnamon.

Food Store

See the Food Store Docket 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.
Food Store Biscuits and Fruit Food Store Fruit Pancake Shake Spreads Food Store Drinks Food Store Cereals Food Store Pasta Rice

Food Store Survey, 2016

Lodge visitors for the two years up to September 2016 were invited to participate in a food store survey. As a result of the feedback received many new items have been added to the shelves.
Pasta and rice variety, and new items

Chalet Shop

During winter milk, bread, beer, and a few other items can be bought at the Chalet shop.

Page last updated: 19 Apr, 2021