Tumut is a charming base for enjoying the natural wonders, outdoor adventures and delicious produce of the NSW Snowy Mountains. The name Tumut is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘quiet resting place by the river’. At any time of year, it’s lovely to stroll along Tumut River Walk, winding to the bird-rich Tumut Wetland. In autumn, the leaves turn from green to a beautiful golden colour, lining the river banks.
Things to do
There are great outdoor activities in and around Tumut. You can hike or mountain bike the many trails in Tumut State Forest and Kosciuszko National Park. Join a horse riding tour or take riding lessons and explore the beautiful area on horseback.
There are plenty of great fishing spots, in rivers, lakes and the nearby dams. You can learn the art of fly fishing with Fly Fishing Tumut. Kayaking and canoeing are popular on the Tumut and Goobarragandra rivers.
You can enjoy boating, water-skiing 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, learn about native plants and taste bush tucker.
Try local brewed beers at the Tumut River Brewing Co, which also offers brewery tours. You can browse fine arts and craft at the 5Ways Gallery or relax with Devonshire tea in the garden cafe at Tumut Valley Violets, which has hundreds of species of colourful African violets.
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. In autumn is the Festival of the Falling Leaf, celebrating the spectacular display of seasonal colours.
Getting there and where to stay
Tumut is just over four hours' drive from Sydney and 2hr 15min drive from Canberra. You can also fly into Wagga Wagga Airport and hire a car for the 90min drive. Places to stay include campgrounds, motels, serviced apartments, fishing cottages and luxury retreats.