Just an hour’s drive from Wagga Wagga but a world away, Tumut is nestled at the northern end of the spectacular Kosciuszko National Park.
Breathtaking landscapes, crisp mountain air and friendly small towns mean there’s something for everyone in each season. If you have your own gear, Blowering Dam is a mecca for boating and water-skiing. Camping spots and bushwalks galore call to the adventure seekers while pristine bush abounds with wildlife. The countless snow-fed streams and rivers lure anglers, eager to outwit an elusive trout.
A rich goldmining history, seasonal fresh fruit direct from the farm, and idyllic picnic spots await. Scenic drives, quiet coffee shops and a photo opportunity around every corner entice the traveller who enjoys a more relaxed break.
Top 5 things to do in Tumut region
- Have a leisurely swim, picnic or just wander around at the Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins. The remarkable stone ruins of the ingenious Reefer ore crushing machine built by Scotsmen William Wilson and William Ritchie remain for all visitors to view from the platform, or wander through, with interpretive signs on how reef ore was processed.
- Enjoy the beauty of the Sugar Pine Walk at Laurel Hill.
- See some of the most beautiful caves in Australia at Yarrangobilly Caves, just an hours’ drive past Tumut. Guided tours operate daily and the thermal pool is perfect for a dip anytime!
- Blowering Dam is a great spot to camp, fish or – for the more adventurous – water ski. The foreshores are home to numerous kangaroos and emus can also often be seen. The drive alongside the dam on the Snowy Mountains Highway offers beautiful views and spectacular photo opportunities.
- Take a walk along the Hume & Hovell Track and retrace the famous footsteps of Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on their 1824 expedition to Port Phillip. The track can be reached via several access points and offers a variety of terrain whether you're tackling longer sections or just short walks.