With Australia’s highest peaks as a magnificent backdrop, the Tumbarumba region of the NSW Snowy Mountains is perfect for bushwalking, cycling, horse riding and fishing. Savour cool-climate wines and marvel at rugged high-country stockmen’s feats at country festivals and shows.
The unspoilt alpine wilderness is dotted with charming towns, rolling vineyards, grazing pastures and blueberry farms. A great base for getting to the snowfields during the skiing and snowboarding season, you’ll find plenty of places to stay in and around the towns of Tumbarumba and Khancoban.
Tumbarumba wine and food
The Tumbarumba wine region is renowned for elegant wines, growing predominantly pinot noir and chardonnay. You can visit cellar doors at Courabyra Wines and Tumbarumba Wines Escape. Annual food and wine festivals include Tumbarumba Tastebuds in October and Tumbafest in February.
For exhilarating adventure, explore bushwalking tracks such as the Major Clews Hut day walk and try mountain biking in Kosciuszko National Park. You can also follow the 1824 expedition route of famous explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on a section of the Hume and Hovell Track.
There are horse riding adventures for all levels of experience. The high country is ideal for trout fishing too, with pristine melting snow flowing each spring into the crystal-clear streams and lakes, including Paddys River Dam, Tumbarumba Creek and Khancoban Pondage.
The beautiful Khancoban lake is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, one of the civil engineering marvels of the modern world that creates renewable hydro-electric power. You can learn more about Australia’s greatest engineering project at the Snowy Mountains Hydro Discovery Centre.
Getting to the Tumbarumba region
The drive from Sydney or Melbourne to Tumbarumba is about five hours. Or you can fly into Albury directly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and rent a car for the scenic 90 minutes’ drive northwest to Tumbarumba, which is an hour north of Khancoban.