The name Tumut is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'quiet resting place by the river', and this much holds true today. Rolling valleys, mountain streams and alpine mountain ranges all make Tumut an idyllic haven for travellers, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Explore the hills and ranges and bask in the peaceful radiance of the region.
Nature in Tumut and Surrounds
Located in the Tumut River Valley, in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, Tumut is famous for its colourful autumn landscapes, and nearby thermal pool and limestone caves.
About 80 km from Tumut are the beautiful Yarrangobilly Caves, home to a warm thermal pool that's perfect for winter swimming, as well as some impressive stalactites in North Glory Hole Cave.
Tumut is also a great point to start as you work towards Kosciuszko National Park, the state's largest National Park and Australia's most extensive alpine region.
Pilot Hill Arboretum is a great picnic spot less than half an hour's drive from nearby Batlow, with plantings of more than 50 tree species from all over the world.
Don't miss stocking up on crunchy apples from Batlow or, alternatively, wander along the historic streetscape of nearby Adelong.
The Blowering Dam Foreshore is also about 50km south of the Tumut township and provides a number of secluded camping spots. The Dam is also a popular spot for fishing and boating.