A picturesque town, Tumut is a charming base for enjoying the natural wonders, outdoor adventures and delicious produce of the NSW Snowy Mountains. A northern gateway to the snowfields in the skiing and snowboarding season, Tumut is home to the delightful autumn Festival of the Falling Leaf.
The dramatic seasonal changes are lovely. At any time of the year stroll in this pretty riverside town on the Tumut River Walk, winding to the bird-rich Tumut Wetlands. You’ll be thrilled too with bushwalking, mountain biking and horseriding in Tumut State Forest and Kosciuszko National Park.
Fishing is a delight, with Australia’s highest peaks a breathtaking backdrop. Pristine waters from melting snow flow each spring into crystal-clear streams and lakes. You can learn the art of fly fishing with Fly Fishing Tumut. Kayaking and canoeing are popular on the Tumut and Goobarragandra rivers.
You’ll enjoy fishing, boating, waterskiing and swimming at Blowering Dam, where Ken Warby set the world water-speed record in 1978. Three times the size of Sydney Harbour, the dam is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity.
A wonderful way to explore the striking landscapes is on the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Cultural Tour into northern Kosciuszko National Park. You’ll gain insights into the customs and traditions of local indigenous people, taste bush tucker and learn how Aboriginal people used the land to survive.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay in and around Tumut, which is a short drive south of Gundagai on the scenic Snowy Valleys Way route. Check out the events calendar for fun festivals and shows, such as the Tumut Rodeo in April, when bucking bulls and award-winning saddle broncs thrill the crowds.
You’ll find many more things to do, including a round of golf or a game of tennis. You can browse fine arts and craft at the 5Ways Gallery or relax with Devonshire tea in the tranquil garden cafe at Tumut Valley Violets, which has more than 700 different named species of colourful African violets.