Bogong Village is a small village with 26 houses available for rent and a centrally located restaurant and bar. It also has an Outdoor Education campus for school children attending Victorian Government schools.
A resident manager looks after accommodation and guests as well as overseeing care of the gardens and facilities.
The village was established between 1938 and 1940 by the State Electricity Commission (SEC) to provide accommodation and services for engineers and construction workers on the Kiewa hydro-electric scheme. A post office, a primary school and a shop were also established. The existing Bogong Outdoor Education Centre was established much later, in the 1970s.
Following completion of the Kiewa scheme in the early 1960s, the SEC took steps to beautify the village by planting the terraced wedding garden and lakeside gardens. During that era a team of gardeners were employed to maintain the beautiful seasonal villages gardens that visitors still enjoy today.
With the passage of the seasons the gardens burst into life in spring with the flowering of the rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and dogwoods, take on a cool and leafy green appearance in summer and then transform into a spectacular blaze of colour in autumn. About once every winter the village wakes up to snow.
Bogong Jacks - Restaurant & BarBogong Jacks operating hours change seasonally.
The cafe and restaurant are currently closed, re-opening on Saturday 8 June.
From Saturday 8 June our cafe will be open for lunch service 7 days a week, and our restaurant will open for dinner service on Saturday nights.
From Wednesday 3 July our restaurant will extend its dinner service to four nights a week – Wednesday to Saturday. Please visit www.bogongjacks.com for more information.
Come and join our friendly staff for delicious home style meals or a hot chocolate in front of the wood fire. The bar is fully stocked with a range local and imported beers, wine and spirits, and our entire menu is available take away.
The Old School House (Bogong Centre for Sound Culture - BCSC)
The recently restored old school at Bogong Village is the site of a broad range of cultural and research initiatives facilitated by custodians Dr Philip Samartzis and Madelynne Cornish.
Bogong AIR (Artist in Residence) was a site-specific sound art festival staged in the Australian Alps featuring national and international artists. The inaugural Bogong AIR Festival comprised site specific interventions by Slavek Kwi (Ireland), Natasha Anderson, Jim Denley, Rosalind Hall, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang and Dianne Peacock who each undertook a five-day residency in the lead up to the festival in order to develop performance projects that responded to the acoustic and spatial dynamics of Bogong Alpine Village. Outcomes of their investigations were presented at various locations throughout the village on February 19 and 20, 2012. In addition to the live performances, Philip Samartzis presented his 7.1 surround sound installation Crush Grind comprising his Antarctic fieldwork into extreme climate and weather events, whilst Eric La Casa (France) presented a special soundscape work for headphone playback on Lake Guy. The performance and listening program was supplemented by artist
The Representation of Weather in a Synthesized Material Space.
This project investigates ways in which weather impacts different communities in Japan and Australia by focusing on various infrastructure and technology including hydroelectricity, river systems and water diversion facilities. Researchers and students from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and the School of Art at RMIT in Melbourne have contributed to the project by producing artworks responding to a diverse set of site visits presented at various venues in Tokyo and Melbourne.
The Transmuted Signal
Is a composition commissioned by Kunstradio for broadcast on the Austrian Public Radio network in 2013. The composition comprises field recordings of the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme using various types of microphones to capture air, water and structure based events. Through the support of AGL Energy Limited a range of infrastructure was accessed used to exploit the gravitational force of falling or flowing water including turbines, pumps, sub stations, dams and aqueducts to document the distribution and conversion of water into electricity. The composition traces the containment and circulation of water through the series of linked power stations, before its eventual release into the Kiewa River, a major tributary of the Murray River.