28 October 2010

Tumut is found nestled in the pretty Tumut River Valley.
Travel time from Canberra: Under three hours drive from Canberra
Directions: Take the Barton Hwy to NSW, then take the ramp to the Hume Hwy and exit at Gundagai towards Gocup Rd then onto the Snowy Mountains Hwy to Tumut.

There’s more to Tumut than just being a palindrome. As one of the main towns in the Snowy Mountains Hyrdro-Electric Scheme, Tumut is found nestled in the pretty Tumut River Valley.


Famous for its trout fishing and beautiful autumn colours (don’t miss the Festival of the Falling Leaf from April – May each year), Tumut, discovered by Europeans in 1824 was a tiny village until the nearby goldfields bought growth to the area. At one stage in 1860, it was reported that 1200 men passed through town in four days on the way to the Kiandra Goldfields. The gold didn’t just bring fossickers, it also brought bushrangers – Tumut was home to William Brookman from the infamous Blue Cap gang and Ned Kelly’s brother, James attempted to sell stolen horses in town.


Thanks to the prosperity of the gold rush, and later dairy and timber, the town has some great historic buildings such as the court house and Anglican Church. There is a heritage walk available, visit the visitor centre for maps and information. Visit the Tumut Museum in Capper St to learn more of the local history. Speaking of museums, visit the eccentric Bonnie B's Shaker Shed which has a collection of over 3000 salt and pepper shakers. Another great spot to visit is the Tumut Valley African Violets Farm, reputedly one of the largest in Australia.


Once you’ve soaked up the history of the town, get into some sports. Fly fishing is very popular here, and with the Tumut River stocked with brown and rainbow trout, its worth a go. Don’t worry if you come up empty however, the Snowy Mountains Trout Farm is open for fish sales daily and self-guided tours on the weekend.


If your form of sport is easy, relaxing walks, then Tumut is the prettiest spot in NSW to visit. There are some great walks by the river are a must, as are the walks through the award winning Stockwell Gardens, or if you’re up to it, the Thomas Boyd Track, which is an 18km bushwalk that crosses valleys on swing bridges.


There’s plenty of choice of things to do in beautiful Tumut, whether you’re after history, scenery, fishing or just a relaxing break.


Tumut Region Visitor Centre
Old Butter Factory 5 Adelong Rd
Tumut NSW 2720
Telephone: (02) 6947 7025
Facsimile: (02) 6947 3752

By Sarah Tierney