The Tumbarumba Shire lies at the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains approximately half way between Melbourne and Sydney and if you think the mountains stop at Thredbo or Perisher, you’re missing out on loads of sheer fun and adventure. The Tumbarumba Shire is full of promise, passion and opportunity.
Cliffs and slopes begging to be conquered, rapids thirsting for heroes, bush trails just made for the pounding of hoofs, roads made for sheer enjoyment and dams awaiting fun of every kind.
There are peaceful places, stretches of wilderness and everywhere a quieter country way of life, spiced with festivals, shows, rodeos and outdoor family fun. The eclectic mix of thrills and tranquility means there’s something for everyone.
The majestic peaks of the high country define and lend a special character to the Tumbarumba district. Here is the home of Mt Kosciuszko itself and the western extremities of the highest ranges. Here is the home of mountain riders and cattlemen keeping unique traditions alive. Mountain mists, crisp mountain air, sweeping mountain panoramas set this district apart. The winter snowfields add magic and excitement while the high country’s special history adds the romance of pioneering adventure.
Looking for a river somewhere? In the Tumbarumba Shire you won’t be disappointed. There are great mountain streams which start as a murmur and a trickle before flowing through steep, rugged gorges en route to fertile high country river flats nestled between the valleys. Here the rivers are like young foals running free and wild before maturing into the mighty waterways which nourish the landscape between the mountains and the seas.
Dams are open for fishing all year round and are famous for the size of their trout with large numbers replenished annually. Big stretches of water can be found at Khancoban Pondage, Talbingo Dam, Geehi Dam and Tooma Dam.
Fossicking for gold and sapphires around Tumbarumba, the Paddy’s River and Bago State Forest near Laurel Hill.
Endless bushwalking wherever your feet will take you – Kosciuszko National Park, the forests of Laurel Hill, the Hume and Hovell walking track, Buddong falls, Paddy’s River Falls and more.
Mountain Ash and numerous varieties of Eucalypts and Pines stud the hillsides around Tumbarumba and nearby Laurel Hill where there is a “chapel” defined by an aisle of sugar pines deep within the forest. Khancoban has it’s beautiful rose garden and with so many trees in the Shire, the air is always renewed and purified and the visual backdrop is forever green and lush.