Tumut Nature


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. 

  • Fishing, Tumut River
  • Junction Bridge in Tumut, Kosciuszko National Park

Nature in Tumut and Surrounds

Kosciuszko National Park, Tumut

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.

Enjoy the Tumut River Walk, go fishing at Talbingo Reserve or explore the native ash forests of Bago Plateau in Bago State Forest on horseback, mountain-bike or on foot.

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.

  1. Black Perry Lookout

    Black Perry Lookout is an excellent place for perspective, giving you a real sense of the expansive wilderness areas in Kosciuszko National Park's north.Pull in from Snowy Mountains Highway to...

  2. Clarke Gorge walking track

    As you hike through the narrow gorge cut by Cave Creek, spectacular limestone cliffs, and cave formations on either side, you’ll never imagine that Clarke Gorge walking track could get any better. But it does,...

  3. Landers Falls Lookout

    This picturesque pocket of Kosciuszko National Park is well worth the detour off Snowy Mountains Highway. Starting from the Cumberland trail 2WD carpark, 300m from the highway, it's a 5km walk to the lookout, or 800m...

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