The story of Birchwood is quite a fresh one, however owners Zac Hidding and Tess Podger's friendship is a very old tale. Growing up on the Far South Coast of NSW their decade long friendship only further developed from their high school days sharing the same love for snow, travel, food and good times.
As days flew by, winter seasons were clocked up and knowledge was gained it became clear what the pair should do. Over a few negroni's the idea of a cafe was thrown around. A few days and sober thoughts later the idea had become a real possiblity. Jindabyne, the location choice seemed like a obvious one being their winter home and much loved area between the two.
After a venue was locked in the next 3 months were spent stripping and building the cafe from the ground up, doing most of the work themselves and calling in a thousand favours from just as many mates. On the June long weekend 2016 the cafe was opened. And that's the Birchwood story so far...