In the divinely beautiful Snowy Valleys, the Tumbarumba region is absolutely worth a detour. Mountain peaks, greener-than-green pastureland and crystalline streams form the backdrop for cool-climate vineyards, blueberry farms, a must-do rail trail for both walkers and cyclists, glorious gardens, a divine waterfall and the enchanting hamlets of both Tumbarumba and Khancoban.
The towns of Tumbarumba and Khancoban are both delightful, oozing country charm. Tumbarumba was established during the goldrush in the1850s, while Khancoban came about as housing for some of the many people who came here to build the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.
Add the outdoor adventures to be had in the NSW Snowy Mountains, from snow sports to hiking and biking, and you have a wonderful region in which to relax, rejuvenate and rekindle your love for Aussie country towns.
Get out and about in the great outdoors. There are fantastic bushwalks including the Major Clews Hut day walk near Khancoban, the many walks in Kosciuszko National Park, and you can follow the 1824 expedition route of famous explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on a section of the Hume and Hovell Track.
A new offering for visitors is the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, a 21km cycling or walking trail that appeals to all ages. The high country is ideal for trout fishing too, with pristine melting snow flowing into the crystal-clear streams and lakes, including Paddy’s River Dam, Tumbarumba Creek and Khancoban Pondage. Going for a swim is also an option in the many lakes and rivers, with Paddy’s River Falls one of the most picturesque.
Braymont Gardens is another photographer’s delight with its ‘tree church’ and magnificent gardens.
The Tumbarumba wine region mostly produces pinot noir and chardonnay. You can visit cellar doors at Courabyra Wines, Allegiance Wines, Johansen Wines or Obsession Wines. The region’s wines and produce are celebrated at Tumbarumba Tastebuds in October and Tumbafest in February. Pack a picnic of some of the region’s produce and a bottle of wine and spend the day going for a drive from Khancoban to Kiandra, via Cabramurra, Australia’s highest town.
If you are interested in small-batch craft spirits, head to Ladbroken Distilling Co. for a gin tasting, workshop, tour or a cocktail with friends. Sitting beside an idyllic stream, the distillery is open on weekends from 12-5pm.
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