Prior to white settlement, Tumut marked the boundary of three separate Aboriginal tribes. During summer the tribes came together and journeyed to the high country to feast on Bogong moths. During the late 1820's settlers pushed down the Murrumbidgee River and by 1829, the first pioneers were settled on the Tumut River. The name Tumut is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'quiet resting place by the river'.Today the town has a population of over 6,000, a modern cosmopolitan shopping centre and an excellent range of accommodation and activities. Over 30% of Tumut's workforce is employed in the timber industry, with more jobs forecast for the future.
Tucked in the south west of New South Wales our region is spectacular in natural beauty and diversity.
The region enjoys four distinct seasons, each with its own charm — the richness of colour in Autumn, the playgrounds of the snowfields in Winter, the bright blossoms in Springtime, and the spectacular tracts of water and aquatic recreational activities in Summer.
The Tumut Region has natural wonders you can explore all year round with tremendous diversity ranging from huge inland lakes, clean streams, and gently sloped pastures to vast pine forests, peaked mountains, the enormous Snowy Mountains Scheme, one of the great engineering wonders of the modern world and the many attractions of the northern end of the sensational Kosciuszko National Park.
Summer streams are cool, and clean. Rivers and dams provide fishers with plenty of opportunities for Trout and native fish. Swimming, canoeing or rafting on the lakes or water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and recreational boating are extremely popular here.
The whole family can enjoy the network of marked walking tracks that bring mountain streams, high peaks and fabulous views within easy reach.
Close by are features like the magnificent Buddong Falls, Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park, the Sugar Pine Walk and Arboretum in State Forests and the horticulture industry where you can pick your own fruit. You can also retrace the steps of the European explorers along the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. More challenging tracks are a plenty too!
The area is also famous for the legacy of the goldrush days of the last century where you can discover pioneer-era huts, with Adelong offering some of the best preserved ruins of former goldworkings in the State.
You can hang glide and enjoy golf, bowls, tennis, squash, swimming, and horseriding. In fact, all sports and activities are available within the Tumut region.
Winter brings new enjoyment in the snow for the entire family. Selwyn Snowfields offer fabulous skiing only an hour's drive from Tumut, and half an hour from Talbingo providing tobogganing, downhill Skiing.
Points of Interest
- Pioneer Cemetery on Adelong Road
- Old Butter Factory
- Magnificent old buildings including churches, courthouse and hotels
- Lake Blowering