From wine tasting and festivals to bushwalking, fly fishing, and horse riding, Tumbarumba is a beautiful escape in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. In the winter, the historic gold rush town is an ideal base for getting to the snowfields at Thredbo.
Tumbarumba wine and food
The Tumbarumba wine region makes cool-climate wines of elegance and complexity. Enjoy a tasting at Tumbarumba Wine Escapes and Courabyra Wines, which also offers a seasonal lunch menu. Johansen Wines is currently closed due to bushfire damage, and Obsession Wines is open by appointment.
Trout fishing is popular in the babbling streams and pristine rivers of the high country. Enjoy cycling on the quiet country roads or explore the nearby Mount Kosciusko National Park by mountain bike or on foot.
Just south of the town is Paddy’s River Falls, a beautiful spot with a lookout to admire the falls and in the summer you can take a refreshing dip in the pool below. A short drive from here you will find Braymont Gardens, a six-acre open garden filled with beautiful plants, ponds and walkways, as well as a cafe.
Tumbarumba was established during the gold rush of the 1800s. You can find out about the town’s history at the Tumbarumba Museum and at the Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum. Or walk in the footsteps of explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on the Hume and Hovell Track.
Festivals, events and shows
You’ll see mountain cattlemen’s amazing horsemanship as well as whip-cracking, cattle mustering and working dogs at the Boggy Creek Show, a two-hour spectacle near Tumbarumba. The annual Tumbarumba Rodeo is held on New Year’s Day, featuring bronc and bull riding.