For exhilarating alpine wilderness and outdoor adventure, the Snowy Valleys captivates visitors with mountain biking, hiking and horseriding trails, as well as top fishing in cold flowing streams and lakes. Marvel at limestone cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, camp beside pristine waterholes, and indulge in delicious food and wine.
Tumut, Batlow and Tumbarumba are great bases for enjoying natural wonders. Explore glittering formations underground at Yarrangobilly Caves (reopening April 2020) before a picturesque stroll to Yarrangobilly Caves’ natural thermal pool, which will be reopening later in the year.
Cave Creek Falls is a stunning attraction near Tumut in the Kosciuszko National Park. Follow the 5km Clarke Gorge Walking Track through gorges and cliffs towards these 15m falls where you can marvel at views down Wilkinsons Gorge. Nearby Blue Waterholes campsite promises great trout fishing.
Paddy’s River Falls are a hidden treasure, located near Tumbarumba. A popular spot for locals, enjoy the short walk from the nearby parking area to admire views of the 18m falls and surrounding countryside. This is a great spot for a gorgeous summer swim.
Eat and drink
The Snowy Valleys is home to one of the state’s top wine regions, Tumbarumba. It’s renowned for producing excellent cool-climate chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines. Visit the Tuscan-style cellar door at Tumbarumba Wines Escape or dine overlooking the vineyard at Courabyra Wines.
Tumut River Brewing is a boutique craft brewery with 24 beers and ciders on tap. Sit down for a tasting paddle or take a tour behind the scenes. Batlow is known for its delicious apples. Pick fruit in lovely orchards or browse their market stalls laden with apples and berries.
Things to do
The Snowy Valleys is one of the state’s most picturesque inland fishing destinations. Rivers, lakes and streams abound, and you can throw a line in to catch plentiful trout, Murray cod, yellowbelly and bream. Fly-fishers come from around the world to try their luck in the crystal clear waters around Tumut and Khancoban.
For a different type of adventure, The Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins is a state listed heritage industrial site. Situated 1.5 kilometres from Adelong, and just over 20 kilometres from Tumut, it is a must-see destination. Or enjoy stockman feats and horseback tricks at the Boggy Creek Show.
The Snowy Valleys is a great place for a road trip. Join the Snowy Valleys Way near Tumut or begin the route in Gundagai. Passing through a panorama of rivers and lakes, with Australia’s highest peaks in the background, this touring route provides relaxing stops and fishing by the flowing Tumut and Goobragandra Rivers.
Getting there are where to stay
The Snowy Valleys region is around five hours’ drive from Sydney and three hours from Canberra. The closest airport is in Wagga Wagga, where you can hire a car for the 1hr 20min drive. Accommodation includes campgrounds and caravan parks, motels, historic lodges, farmstays and cosy cottages.
Luxury travellers will love Nimbo Fork for its stylish accommodation, stunning location beside the Tumut River and outdoor activities such as fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking and horseriding.