From great outdoor adventures to delicious fresh produce, the beautiful Tumut region in the NSW Snowy Mountains offers many memorable experiences. The charming towns in the high country are delightful places to stay, with the snowfields easy to get to in the skiing and snowboarding season.
You’ll find wonderful things to do and see year-round, including bushwalking, mountain biking and horseriding in state forests and Kosciuszko National Park. Explore amazing limestone formations in Yarrangobilly Caves and relax in rejuvenating thermal spring waters, naturally heated at 27 degrees.
The fishing is captivating, with Australia’s highest peaks a magnificent backdrop. Pristine waters flow from melting snow caps in spring into crystal-clear streams and lakes teeming with trout and other fish species. World-famous Blowering Dam and Talbingo Dam are popular for fishing and boating.
The dams are part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity. Talbingo Dam is just south of the small town of Talbingo, a gateway to the marvellous caves. You’ll be thrilled too with kayaking on fast-flowing sections of the Tumut River.
The four seasons are lovely, whether you’re paddling, cycling, walking or at a festival. In picturesque Tumut, the Festival of the Falling Leaf is a family delight. There are tours of the Tumut River Brewing Co. and check out the events calendar for more fun, from the Tumut Rodeo to the Batlow CiderFest.
Famous for apples, Batlow is 30 minutes’ drive from Tumut and home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Apple. In the picking season from February to late May, browse fresh apples at farm gates in the pretty countryside and at roadside stalls outside orchards, such as .
A short drive west of Tumut is enchanting Adelong, where you can stroll along the National Trust-classified main street and admire verandah-lined buildings dating back to the gold rush. Getting to the Tumut region is easy, with the drive from Sydney 4h 20min and from Melbourne 5h 20min.