A place for all seasons
Whether you like crisp winter mountain air, the fiery colours of autumn, or immersing yourself in the water in the summertime, Tumut and surrounds is a place for all seasons. Sitting snugly at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, and with an eponymous river at its heart, you can indulge your active self in pastimes like fishing, hiking, hang gliding, rock climbing, mountain biking and birdwatching, or just indulge generally along a farm gate trail on a scenic drive.
Towns & villages
Nestled in the western foothills of Kosciusko National Park, the towns of Tumut and surrounds are perfect for getting back to nature. Tumut is the largest and a great starting point – with fly fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing and swimming all on offer – as well as guided tours, a number of fantastic cafes, an excellent brewery and accommodation ranging from luxury to glamping.
Nearby, the small town of Batlow is famous for its apples. Stop by one of the farm gates and stock up on fresh produce. Meanwhile, Talbingo is popular with those interested in fishing and water sports, located between Blowering and Talbingo dams.
Lace up your boots for bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding in state forests and Kosciuszko National Park. Excellent walks include Landers Falls Lookout Walk, Blowering Cliffs Walking Track and Jounama Creek Walking Track as well as the Clark Gorge Walking Track. It is an easy stroll along Tumut River Walk to the bird-rich Tumut Wetlands.
Skiers and snowboarders can add a snow component before or after a Tumut stay, with Thredbo and Perisher around a 3hr drive from Tumut, and Charlotte Pass a little further as it is a snowcat transfer from Perisher.
On the water
The fishing is fantastic around Tumut, with pristine streams and lakes teeming with trout. Blowering Dam and Talbingo Dam are also popular for fishing and boating.
After exploring the dramatic Yarrangobilly Caves which date back around two million years, have a dip in the nearby thermal spring waters where the water is a constant 27 degrees all year round.
Food, drink & events
Take a tour of the Tumut River Brewing Co. and taste delicious craft beers. In Batlow, visitors drive by the Big Apple and during the picking season, from February to late May, buy a stash of crunchy fresh apples at farm gates and roadside stalls, including Wilgro Orchards and Mouat's Farm.
The Falling Leaf Festival is one of the most popular in the area, held in April to celebrate the arrival of autumn and the amazing fresh produce grown here. Other great events include the Tumut Rodeo, the Batlow CiderFest and the Winter Bites Festival.
The Tumut area is around a 4hr drive from Sydney and around a 2hr drive from Canberra. You can also fly into Wagga Wagga Airport and hire a car for the 90min drive.