Return keys to staff member at service counter at Snowy Valley Smash Repairs.
If a holiday with crisp mountain air at the picturesque foothills of NSW’s Snowy Mountains sounds just the ticket – then we’ll soon see you in Tumut. This is your action-packed escape with tons of outdoor activities on offer, whether you prefer to spend your downtime on land or water, from hiking, fly fishing to canoeing. The only thing to decide is what’s first on the agenda!
The abundant forests around Tumut are a great place to start. Kosciuszko National Park and Tumut State Forest have trails for bushwalking, horse riding and mountain biking. Tumut lies on the north-western edge of Kosciuszko – home to Australia’s tallest summit, 2,228-metres above sea level. Think about scaling this rugged peak on foot in the summer months or pedalling up its alpine curves on bike. The Tumut Bike Park can help prepare you, offering multiple terrains for intermediate to advanced levels. And of course, there’s a whole stack of snowy thrills, from cross-country skiing to snowboarding, to lure you up here during winter.
If you feel like you could do with a warm up, drive south along the Snowy Mountain Highway and take a dip in the magical thermal pool at Yarrangobilly Caves. No matter the weather outside, these natural spring waters always remain a toasty 27-degrees. What’s more, Yarrangobilly’s six limestone caverns are a stunning bunch, and have been going strong for 440 million years. Some feature lofty ceilings, and stalactites and stalagmites, while others display delicate touches such as shawls and cave corals. Take a guided tour, and don’t miss this attraction just an hour from Tumut.
Before you return downtown in your rental car, stick around Yarrangobilly River to raft, jump in a canoe, or fish for stocked rainbow trout in its pristine waters. You might even see a shy platypus if you’re lucky. This is just one of many fantastic spots in the Snowy Valley that attract keen anglers and fly fishers. The combination of stunning scenery and the snow-melted waters of the streams, rivers and lakes here makes for a trip you won’t forget. Just a short drive from Tumut, Blowering Dam harbours native Murray cod, golden and silver perch, and redfin. It’s also a great place for water skiing, swimming and boating – with a water-speed record set here over 40 years ago. Pitch your tent around the Dam or the grassy banks of the Tumut River, to get closer to nature.
Situated in NSW’s Riverina region, Tumut translates from the local Wiradjuri language as ‘quiet resting place by the river.’ This pretty township is the perfect getaway for lovers of native wildlife. Its sparkling river flows through the Tumut Wetlands – a network of reed-fringed lagoons overlooked by forests of giant river red gums. A birdwatcher's delight, the Wetlands are home to over 70 species of birds, including the peregrine falcon, wedge-tailed eagle and the Australian king parrot. They are also a place of traditional spiritual significance.
Take a Wiradjuri Aboriginal Cultural Tour to learn about bush tucker and tools, the wilderness and Dreaming stories. Discover how Tumut River and Kosciuszko were traditionally tribal meeting places for trade and ceremony. Also glean insights into the Snowy’s local animals – including echidna, wallabies and wombats.
Plan your visit to coincide with some of Tumut’s delightful seasonal festivals. Celebrate spring along the tranquil tree-lined banks of Pioneer Park, hosting Lanterns on the Lagoon and Sculptures in the Park. An enchanting event when lanterns are floated on the water at dusk, and sculptures lit on the riverfront. Music, gourmet food and drink, all add to the community atmosphere. Here in Pioneer Park, you’ll also find the Labyrinth for Peace memorial, which provides a beautiful space for quiet reflection.
Amidst a brightly changing backdrop, Tumut launches its spectacular autumnal celebration at Bila Park. The Falling Leaf Festival is a major drawcard to the region, with food, entertainment, market stalls, food trucks, parades, and a whole lot of appreciation for nature’s flaming colours.
Tumut’s local tastes are an everyday cause to celebrate. The Tumut River Brewing Co is a hip rural micro-brewery that serves up craft beer and cider, gourmet pizza and burgers. Throw in some live entertainment and their reliably laid-back hospitality, and you’ve got one of the best eating and drinking spots in the area. Fifteen minutes up the road in Killimicat, Three Blue Ducks at Nimbo Fork Lodge offers an ethical paddock-to-plate dining experience. Treat this one as your special holiday meal. Before you hit the road again, stop by the Coffee Pedaler for another kind of excellent brew in the heart of Tumut. You may find it hard to leave, but there’s always the promise of next time.