While Tumut, in the foothills of the NSW Snowy Mountains, is the same whichever way it’s spelled, its seasons are vastly different:
While Tumut, in the foothills of the NSW Snowy Mountains, is the same whichever way it’s spelled, its seasons are vastly different: summer brings cool, clean and fast-moving waters perfect for trout fishing; green Kosciuszko National Park melts into the autumn colours Tumut is famous for; winter brings skiing enthusiasts as the Snowys are covered in a blanket of snow; and wildflowers jump into life on the edges of the Tumut River as spring emerges.
“One of Australia’s really beautiful towns. Surrounded by high rolling hills that underscore the true Australian landscape, Tumut is refreshed by its picture-postcard river.” – Peter Russell-Clarke
Tumut is encircled by popular walking tracks and, as AT panellist Peter Russell-Clarke adds, “The nearby Blowering Reservior (right), the end of the Snowy Scheme, abounds in brown and rainbow trout. Up the road is the apple capital of Oz, Batlow, so one doesn’t only smile at cattle and sheep and trout.” During the 1850s rush, Tumut’s population boomed with prospectors staying or passing through to mine for gold in the neighbouring towns.
Today, the only thing in Tumut with a booming population is the eccentric museum near the main road, which is home to 3000 novelty salt and pepper shakers.
Where? // 180km (1.5hrs) west of Canberra.
Did you know? // Tumut could have been Australia’s capital. In 1908 it was one of the nine towns shortlisted for the honour.
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