"Tumut - a town with pride" Tumut by iandsmith
Tumut Travel Guide: 68 reviews and 262 photos
This is a lovely town nestled in the Tumut Valley at the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains.
By any measure Tumut is an exceptionally pretty country town and local pride in it runs high. The Tumut River, which runs for 145 km before joining the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai, flows along the edge of the town, at one point passing one of my favourite parks, appropriately named Junction Park because a side stream comes in there; the plains spread out on either side of the river; and the foothills of the Snowy Mountains rise in the distance. The early settlers planted poplars and willow trees resulting in spectacular displays in summer and autumn. The rainfall ensures that, apart from times of drought, the valley is characteristically green and fertile.
Tumut is located 423 km from Sydney and 180 km from Canberra via the Hume Highway. The main access to the town is via Gundagai (34 km) with roads going through both Gocup and Brungle if you're heading south. If you're coming from the Melbourne side there's a shorter turnoff. The town itself has an elevation of 280 m above sea level which means that it is located so that it has four distinct seasons. There is some confusion about the origins of the town's name. One popular version is that 'doomut' was an Aboriginal word for 'camping ground' or 'quiet resting place by the river' and that over the years this evolved to 'toomut', 'tumat' and eventually Tumut.
In the 1950s the town was operating as a service centre for the surrounding district. There was a Butter Factory, that now hosts the Tourist Information Office, a millet broom factory, an emerging timber industry and some workers were employed on the Snowy Mountains Scheme (the construction of the Blowering Dam and the Talbingo Power Stations had a significant impact on the area) while the pastoral land was noted for sheep and both dairy and beef cattle.
Today the city is remarkably prosperous mainly due to the success of the timber industry, notably Visy who have a large factory just outside of town. Long term planting of softwood pine forest by the NSW Forestry Department - there is now more than 5000 hectares of pinus radiata grown within a radius of 25 km of Tumut - has ensured a regular and reliable source of timber and this prosperity has seen the town become one of the most attractive medium-sized settlements in rural New South Wales. It is estimated that nearly 20 per cent of the town's population now work either directly or indirectly in the forestry/timber industry.
- Pros:Very pretty, well cared for, nice drives around the countryside
- Cons:Can get hot in summer
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