From wine tasting and festivals to bushwalking, fly fishing, and horse riding, Tumbarumba is a divine mix of landscapes, with surrounding mountain peaks standing sentinel over bushland, vineyards, lush pastures and gurgling streams.
Things to do
Situated in the NSW Snowy Valleys, this charming town was established in the goldrush of the 1800s and has plenty to offer all year round. You can find out about the town’s history at the Tumbarumba Museum and at the Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum.
A new offering for visitors is the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, a 21-km cycling or walking trail that appeals to all ages. The Trail opened in 2020 and riders or walkers are rewarded with beautiful panoramas, gentle gradients and sweeping curves. Once you get to Rosewood check out the gnomes at the gnome tree.
For more extreme action, mountain biking in Kosciuszko National Park is an exciting challenge, as are the various bushwalking trails. You can also walk in the footsteps of early explorers, Hume and Hovell, on the track that bears their names. Locals and visitors love going for a swim in Paddy’s River Falls, a beautiful spot. Check out the view over the falls from the lookout above as well. Trout fishing is also popular in the rivers and streams of the high country.
For a spot of shopping, drop into Forage Merchant and Occasions, housed in a restored 100-year-old chapel, for locally grown flowers and gifts. While Twisted Willow Homestore features a large collection of handcrafted fashion, jewellery and homewares. Ride Tumba is the spot to rent electric bikes, and Tumba Bikes and Blooms is a pretty nursery now also offering bike hire.
Braymont Gardens is a hidden gem in more ways than one. It is home to an exquisite tree church inside a hedge. Nestled in a vineyard, it has beautiful views over the mountains, as well as gorgeous gardens, ponds, sheep, ducks, miniature cattle and a cafe.
Eat & drink
The Tumbarumba Wine Region makes cool-climate wines of elegance and complexity. Enjoy a tasting at Allegiance Wines, Johansen Wines or Obsession Wines – just to name a few. Be sure to check when the cellar door is open before arrival. Courabyra Wines takes things up a notch, offering vineyard tours, a gorgeous on-site restaurant overlooking the mountains and a half-day helicopter tour.
The region’s wines and produce are celebrated at Tumbarumba Tastebuds in October and Tumbafest in February. You can also try local produce at Nest Cinema Cafe Books, which hosts a daily movie screening and live music. Sitting beside a stream in town, Ladbroken Distilling Co. will make an idyllic spot for a spirit tasting, tour or workshop when it opens to visitors in autumn 2022.
Tumbarumba is a 1-hr drive from Wagga Wagga Airport, and a 5-hr drive from Sydney and Melbourne.