Kosciuszko National Park, Tourism New South Wales

Population 5926

Tumut (pronounced 'Tyoomut') is located in a fertile valley, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. The poplar and willow trees planted by early settlers make summer and autumn particularly striking. Prior to European settlement, Tumut was the seasonal meeting place for three Aboriginal tribes. Each summer the tribes would journey to the mountains to feast on Bogong moths.

Visitor Information

5 Adelong Rd; (02) 6947 7025


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Adelong Intro

    Adelong was established and thrived as a goldmining town in the late 19th century. Wilham Williams discovered gold and prospectors flocked...more

  • Batlow

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

  • Gundagai

    Gundagai is a tiny town on the Murrumbidgee River at the foot of Mount Parnassus. The town and the nearby Dog on the Tuckerbox statue have...more

In Town

Old Butter Factory Tourist Complex: local art and craft, and visitor centre; Snowy Mountains Hwy.

Millet Broom Factory: 90 per cent of the state's broom millet comes from the region and visitors can see the factory in action; open Mon–Fri; Snowy Mountains Hwy.

Art Society Gallery: specialises in work by local artists; open 10am–4pm Tues–Thurs and Sat; Cnr Tumut Plains Rd and Snowy Mountains Hwy.

Museum: large collection of farm and domestic items and an excellent display of Miles Franklin memorabilia (the author was born in nearby Talbingo); open 1–4pm Sat and Sun; Cnr Capper and Merrivale sts.

River walk: along Tumut River; from Elm Dr.

Historical and tree-identifying walks: include Alex Stockwell Memorial Gardens with European trees and a WW I memorial; brochure from visitor centre.


Blowering Reservoir This enormous dam is an excellent centre for watersports and fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout and perch. With the dam containing the largest trout hatchery in Australia, almost everyone catches a fish. There is a spectacular lookout over the dam wall, and the Blowering Cliffs walk (19 km S) is a pleasant 5 km stroll in Kosciuszko National Park along stunning granite cliffs; 10 km S.

Air Escape: powered hang-gliding; airport, off Snowy Mountains Hwy; 6 km E.

Tumut Valley Violets: largest African violet farm in Australia with over 1000 varieties; Tumut Plains Rd; 7 km S.

Snowy Mountains Trout Farm: NSW's largest trout farm with fresh trout sales; 10 km SE.

Talbingo Dam and Reservoir: dam in steep, wooded country; 40 km S.

Power station: Tumut Power 3, tours available; 45 km S.

Kosciuszko National Park: massive alpine park to the south-east includes nearby Yarrangobilly Caves; (02) 6947 7025; 60 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Yaouk Valley 78 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

Wagga Wagga 81 km

In my early teens I lived in Wagga Wagga for about three years and spent many hours fishing from a kayak on the Murrumbidgee and at Lake Albert. The river held excellent numbers of redfin, and they were of good size, so... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Canberra 80 km

There are many great places to unpack a picnic in the Australian Capital Territory, from the copious native areas in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, to the bird mecca of Jerrabomberra Wetlands on the Molonglo... Find out more

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 81 km

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands are Ramsar-listed, and among nearly 200 birds spotted here are brolgas, black-winged stilts and painted snipes. Fivebough has 5 kilometres of walking tracks, with bird hides along the... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Canberra Golf Club (Westbourne course) 79 km

When the site for the nation’s capital was selected in 1909, it was mainly rolling grassy plains with few trees. Little was known about what species might flourish in Canberra’s environment. The federal... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Chit Chat

Guests comment on the country homeliness of this sweet little cafe in the Snowy Mountain town of Tumut, filled with homemade treats. Delve into the gourmet sandwiches, lasagne, quiches or homemade pies, and follow up... Find out more

The Coach House

Housed in the original heritage-listed coach house for the Commercial Bank of Sydney in the heart of Tumut, this popular cafe also has tables in a large courtyard. The best feature of the busy eatery is the great variety... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Wig & Pen Brewery/Tavern 82 km

Canberra may well claim to be the real ale capital of Australia on the strength of this single brew-pub, which sees more pints of hand-pumped ale pulled than any other joint in the land. From the well-balanced and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Blowering camping area 11 km

It’s a 250 m walk from the carpark at Blowering Dam to this campsite near the Blowering Dam wall, accessed via the Snowy Mountains Hwy south-east of Tumut. Those in the mood for a short walk can do a return trip... Find out more

Log Bridge Creek camping area (northern section) 14 km

In summer these grassy woodlands make a great base for campers in the mood for paddling, sailing, swimming, fishing and walking. It’s 18 km south of Tumut, near Blowering Dam, via the Snowy Mountains Hwy. Bring... Find out more

The Pines camping area (northern section) 16 km

Put up a tent at the Pines and head out on the water at Blowering Dam for a spot of fishing, waterskiing, swimming or kayaking. The camping area is 22 km south of Tumut via the Snowy Mountains Hwy. Bring your own... Find out more

Browns Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 17 km

This campsite is 9.5 km south of Blowering camping area on the Blowering Reservoir foreshore and 37 km north of Ben Smith camping area. It’s a long but manageable return walk from Blowering camping area if... Find out more

Thomas Boyd Trackhead camping area 19 km

Thomas Boyd, a member of the Hume and Hovell expedition, ended up settling in the Tumut region. His namesake campsite is one of the major trackheads on the walking trail. There’s vehicle-based camping available,... Find out more

Humes Crossing camping area (northern section) 20 km

You’ll need to bring drinking water and firewood to this camping area, 25 km south of Tumut near Blowering Dam, reached by the Snowy Mountains Hwy. There are loads of water-based activities to immerse yourself in... Find out more

Blowering Forest Holiday Camp 22 km

You’ll find this well-equipped camping ground on the western shore of Blowering Dam, accessed via Blowering Camp Rd, 27 km east of Batlow. Bring your fishing rod, swimming costume, canoe, sailboat and waterskis.... Find out more

Rock Flat camping area (northern section) 23 km

Follow Lacmalac Rd for about 25 km south-east of Tumut and you’ll be here before you can say Goobarragandra River, which is what you’ll see when you arrive. Fishing, swimming and kayaking are all on offer... Find out more

Island Forest Park camping area 23 km

This camping area is on the western shore of Blowering Dam, via Blowering Foreshore Rd, 20 km from Batlow. Check road conditions before setting off with a caravan. Bring drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove from... Find out more

Yachting Point camping area (northern section) 24 km

There are water activities galore during summer at this aptly named campground, 30 km south of Tumut near Blowering Dam. Take your pick of swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing and paddling. Bring your own firewood and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Gundagai River Caravan Park 27 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 29 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

Big4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park 79 km

This older well-maintained and well-managed park, 2 km east of the town centre on the Sturt Highway, has long-established shade trees. this is a convenient and easily accessible park for the through traveller. Bookings... Find out more

Alivio Tourist Park Canberra 80 km

Located in a quiet bushland setting 3 km from the centre of Canberra, this park makes a good base for exploring the national capital, with just a short drive to the city and most of the attractions. The park has... Find out more

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 80 km

Nestled alongside the Murrumbidgee River, this park has wide expanses of shady lawns and is within walking distance of the main shopping area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Yass Caravan Park 81 km

The park is just 1 km from the town centre and is a popular overnight stop for those travelling the Hume Highway. There are convenient drive-thru sites, grassy areas and clean amenities. Bookings may be required during... Find out more

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) 84 km

This camping area is part of the Canberra Showground and may suit those with big rigs or those travelling with dogs. The park is not available during the Canberra Show or the Folk Festival; the maximum stay is 28 days.... Find out more

Canberra South Motor Park 85 km

This large, older-style park is on the south side just a few kilometres from Canberra. For those navigating with a GPS, the park has no street number but is opposite number 250. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter... Find out more

Capital Country Holiday Village 92 km

Take the time to sit by the lake, relax and feed the ducks. Formerly White Ibis Caravan Park, this is a spacious park in a rural setting about 14 km north of Canberra and easily accessible from the Federal Highway. This... Find out more

Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park 92 km

This park is set in a lovely location on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, just a short stroll from the heart of town. It is easily accessible from the highway and is often very busy.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Nimbo Fork Lodge

Nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Snowy Mountains, this is a fly-fishing property with every conceivable luxury available. Owner Chris Fehon embarked on quite a journey when he decided to ‘build a... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tumut park area 1 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 14 km

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

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Pines camping area 17 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.

Humes Crossing camping area 20 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.

Yachting Point camping area 24 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.

Yolde camping area 27 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 31 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

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

Talbingo park area 32 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Mingay rest area 37 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Coolac rest area 40 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 45 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.

Kilgowlah Creek rest area 52 km

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

Just off the highway under a few large trees.

Boranbola rest area 61 km

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

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Kyeamba Gap East rest area 64 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Bookham rest area 66 km

32km W of Yass (L) or 70km NE of Gundagai (R)

Just off the highway and opposite the cafe. Caravan parking behind the amenities block.

Kiandra park area 68 km

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

Adjacent to the highway.

The Rest House park area 72 km

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

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.

Holbrook park area 82 km

At Holbrook

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

Adaminaby park area 92 km

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

What's on around town

Tumut Show: Mar.

Festival of the Falling Leaf: autumn celebration; Apr/May.

Boxing Day Horse Races: Dec.

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