Paddy’s River Falls, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1487

This former goldmining town in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains remains seemingly untouched by the modern world with old-style charm and well-preserved buildings. This has been helped by the fact that it has been bypassed by major road and rail routes. It experiences four distinct seasons and enjoys European-style vistas of snow-capped mountains, forested hills, rolling green pastures and a crystal-clear creek. Tumbarumba's name comes from the Wiradjuri language and is thought to mean 'sounding ground'. This relates to the suggestion that there are places in the region where the ground sounds hollow.

Visitor Information

10 Bridge St; (02) 6948 3333


Nearby national parks

  • Kosciuszko National Park

    Kosciuszko National Park embraces the majestic grandeur of the high country. This is one of the world’s great national parks, with its...more

  • Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park

    Declared a national park in 1978, this remote but scenic area close to the New South Wales border is named for its two peaks, Pine Mountain...more

  • Namadgi National Park

    Rolling grassy hills unfold towards the horizon, hardy snow gums create woodlands on the subalpine slopes and higher still are alpine...more

Nearby towns

  • Batlow

    In the 19th-century gold rush prospectors converged on nearby Reedy Creek, which sparked a sudden demand for fresh produce. The resulting...more

  • Corryong

    Welcome to authentic 'Man from Snowy River' country. This district offers superb mountain scenery and excellent trout fishing in the Murray...more

  • Khancoban

    Khancoban is a pretty town on the edge of the Snowy Mountains, just a few kilometres from the Victorian border. Perhaps best known for being...more

In Town

Bicentennial Botanic Gardens: mix of native and exotic trees, especially striking in autumn; Prince St.

Artists on Parade Gallery: run by local artists, exhibitions change regularly; The Parade.

Museum and Information Centre: includes working model of a water-powered timber mill; Bridge St.


Site of Old Union Jack Mining Area: memorial to the students of the Union Jack school who died in WW I; 3 km N.

Henry Angel Trackhead: starting point for a 12 km section of the Hume and Hovell Walking Track along Burra Creek. It includes waterfalls and the place where Hume and Hovell first saw the Snowy Mountains. The full walking trail is a 23-day, 440 km trek from Albury to Yass. For a kit (including maps), contact Department of Lands, Sydney (02) 6937 2700; Tooma Rd; 7 km SE.

Pioneer Women's Hut: fascinating domestic and rural museum focusing on women's stories. The National Quilt Register was an initiative of the women who run this museum. Open Wed, Sat and Sun; Wagga Rd; (02) 6948 2635; 8 km NW.

Paddy's River Falls: the waterfall cascades over a 60 m drop in a beautiful bush setting with a scenic walking track and picnic area. A concreted walkway is at the bottom and lookouts are at the top; 16 km S.

Tooma: historic town with old hotel (c. 1880); 34 km SE.

Wineries: several with cellar doors including Glenburnie Vineyard; brochure from visitor centre; (02) 6948 2570.

Fishing spots near town

Khancoban 52 km

Many trout fishers, particularly those adept with the fly, regard Khancoban as home base for trout fishing. The biggest water in the area is Khancoban Pondage, fed by the Swampy Plain River and Khancoban Creek. The... Find out more

Nariel Creek 68 km

A favourite dry fly among fly-fishers casting to rising trout in the Snowy Mountains and north-east Victoria is the Geehi beetle. This marvellous pattern is named after a non- existent beetle. It’s a fly that trout... Find out more

Geehi 69 km

If you like the bush and clear mountain streams where you can fish for trout, then the Snowy Mountains offers excellent opportunities. Rivers up this way are part of our fishing folklore, particularly among fly-fishers.... Find out more

Yaouk Valley 71 km

It was late autumn 1997 when I  arrived in Canberra to fish with  the late Chris Hole, fly-fisherman,  author and painter. Chris offered  to take me to some of his favourite trout streams that snake... Find out more

Lake Jindabyne 86 km

Lake Jindabyne sits on the eastern edge of Kosciuszko National Park and rates as one of southern Australia’s best trout waters. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout, and Atlantic salmon. Some of the... Find out more

Indi River 87 km

Take the Alpine Way out of Khancoban and head about 50 km towards Thredbo, and you’ll come to Tom Groggin station. Locals say the river flowing alongside the station is the Indi River, but it’s marked on some... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Burrowa–Pine Mountain National Park 45 km

Located near the New South Wales border, 430 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, and one of Victoria’s lesser-known national parks, this has some remarkable features. The granitic Pine Mountain is one of the... Find out more

Cross-country skiing 79 km

A delightful winter pastime, cross-country skiing is a mix of walking, gliding and skiing, and the basics are much easier to pick up than those of downhill skiing or snowboarding. You can undertake the activity at... Find out more

Bushwalking in the Snowy Mountains 85 km

There is almost no end to the hiking that can be done in the Snowy Mountains. There are hundreds of kilometres of hiking tracks, and infinite ways to wander through the hills. The most popular walks are to the top of... Find out more

Canoeing in the Snowys 86 km

It is certainly not the best spot in the country for canoeing and kayaking, but peaceful days can be had enjoying these activities on Lake Jindabyne, or more exciting adventures are possible on overnight excursions down... Find out more

Campsites around town

Paddys River Falls camping area 6 km

Watch the early-morning mist rise off the surface of Paddys River at this lovely grassed camping area, 18 km south of Tumbarumba via the Tumbarumba–Tooma Rd. You can swim and fish here; not far away are... Find out more

Mannus camping area 6 km

Mannus can be accessed by vehicle via Linden Roth Dr, 8 km west of Tumbarumba. You can swim and fish in the creek; boil/treat the water before drinking.... Find out more

Henry Angel Trackhead camping area 7 km

Named for another of Hume’s men, the Henry Angel Trackhead marks the end of the track’s second main section. It’s a vehicle-access site, 7 km south-east of Tumbarumba via Tooma Rd. Here, walkers can... Find out more

Junction camping area (walk-in camping) 8 km

This is 6.5 km north of Henry Angel Trackhead; walk-in access only. If you had no luck fishing at Henry Angel, you can try again for trout here. Boil/treat the creek water before drinking.... Find out more

Munderoo camping area (walk-in camping) 15 km

It’s a 12.5 km walk west from Mannus to Munderoo. If there’s water in the creek you can boil/treat it first before drinking, but be sure to bring enough to sustain yourself if the creek is dry.... Find out more

Paddys River Dam camping area 16 km

You can get here by car – it’s 2WD dry-weather access only via Bullongra Rd from JDX and Perkins rds off Tumbarumba–Batlow Rd. Catch a trout for dinner; boil/treat the water before drinking. Note:... Find out more

Buddong Hut camping area 23 km

Walk to this campsite – it is the next campsite on the track south of Ben Smith camping area – or 4WD in via Buddong Rd. The campsite is 3.5 km south of Buddong Falls, so if you’ve got a 2WD you... Find out more

Neils Reserve camping area 28 km

Neils Reserve is a good choice for camping for several reasons. It has a great location beside the Murray River, between the small townships of Walwa and Tintaldra, so you can enjoy your favourite river-based activities.... Find out more

Clarke Lagoon Reserve camping area 29 km

This reserve is 6 km north of Tintaldra, off Murray River Rd. It’s a decent spot to pitch a tent and have a swim. If approaching the site from the west, keep a lookout for Pine Mountain, a tree-covered monolith... Find out more

Coonara Point camping area (boat-based camping, northern section) 30 km

This boat-based campground offers waterskiing, paddling and fishing as well as camping. To get here, you can launch from boat ramps at Talbingo Dam Wall south of Talbingo, or O’Hares Rest Area off Elliott Way.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Colac Colac Caravan Park 51 km

We like this spacious park that is 7 km west of town, under large shady trees and alongside a popular trout stream. The budget-priced park in ‘Man from Snowy River’ territory has basic amenities and is ideal... Find out more

Holbrook Motor Village 64 km

In an ideal position, this comfortable tidy park caters for travellers on the Hume Highway. It is convenient for an overnight stop or a longer stay. Pets are allowed at the manager’s discretion.... Find out more

Rainbow Pines Tourist Caravan Park 69 km

This is a popular holiday park where trout fishing, sailing and canoeing are all available. It is on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, about 7 km from the Snowy Mountains Highway. A minimum-length stay applies in all... Find out more

Gundagai River Caravan Park 78 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the park is about 1 km from the town centre. First impressions are the wide expanses of green grass and large shady trees. It is a great spot to stay and enjoy this... Find out more

Gundagai Tourist Park 79 km

Within walking distance of the town centre, this park has 30 undercover, drivethru, ensuite sites. It is ideal for vans or motorhomes less than 3.5 metres high. Some of these sites are suitable for camper trailers with... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Four Bears Cafe and Accommodation

Visit Four Bears Cafe and ask why some people in town insist on calling this family-owned-and-operated establishment ‘Four Hundred Bears’. There are seven cabin-style guest rooms available, all extremely... Find out more

Sunnyside Lodge

This heritage-listed homestead, dating back to 1888, celebrates traditional country comfort. There are three double ensuite guest rooms, and a room with four single beds. The lounge room has been lovingly restored to... Find out more

Lazy Dog B&B

Situated in the Maragie Valley, the tranquil Lazy Dog getaway is surrounded by tangled bushland and mountain views. The little guesthouse has one twin and one queen guest room, as well as a lounge and dining room. Dine... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Arthur’s Cottage, Cudgewa 51 km

This historic mudbrick, two-bedroom cottage was built around 1897, but now has solar-powered lights and a gas kitchen. It sits quietly on the Cudgewa Creek, with platypus drifting past. You will need to bring your own... Find out more

Alpine Habitats, near Jindabyne 87 km

Opened in 2007, these 18 cleverly designed two-bedroom buildings are linked underground by massive worm farms that digest all the compostable waste on the site. Set amid gnarled black sallees and other snow gums, the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Talbingo park area 34 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Yolde camping area 37 km

7km NW of Talbingo (L) or 34km SE of Tumut (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub in Kosciuszko National Park.

Jounama Creek camping area 37 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

On the edge of a creek 300m (unsealed) east of the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yachting Point camping area 37 km

12km NW of Talbingo (L) or 30km SE of Tumut (R)

Open grassed area just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Humes Crossing camping area 41 km

16km NW of Talbingo (L) or 25km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 43 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Pines camping area 44 km

19km NW of Talbingo (L) or 22km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Kiandra park area 45 km

35km NW of Adaminaby (R) or 56km SE of Talbingo (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 47 km

23km NW of Talbingo (R) or 18km S of Tumut (L)

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Rest House park area 50 km

28km W of Adaminaby (L) or 63km SE of Talbingo (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.

Kyeamba Gap East rest area 50 km

34km S of Tarcutta (R) or 36km N of Holbrook (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Holbrook park area 54 km

At Holbrook

Just off the highway near the information centre and submarine display.

Tumut park area 56 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Kilgowlah Creek rest area 57 km

14km SW of Tarcutta (L) or 56km NE of Holbrook (R)

Just off the highway under a few large trees.

Woomargama Rest Area 69 km

Middle of town

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good facilities.

Adaminaby park area 73 km

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Mullengandra rest area 77 km

40km NE of Albury (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Boranbola rest area 78 km

22km E of Wagga Wagga (R) or 23km W of Hume Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

What's on around town

Campdraft: Jan.

Tumbafest: food, wine and music festival; Feb.

Heritage Week: Nov.

Christmas Street Carnival: Dec.

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