Incredibly, most trees are covered in epicormic growth after the recent Black Summer bushfires. Those that have not regrown are scarred with the blackness that sits in the memories of the local community, which only time can heal.
Tumbarumba resides in Ngarigo country on the Western edge of the Snowy Mountains. It was visited by Hamilton Hume & William Hovell in 1824 when they passed through on their exploration from Yass to Port Phillip. Even now, avid walkers can follow the adventurers’ footsteps on the Hume & Hovell track which weaves through the Snowy Valleys. See, the region is rich in history, with gold discovered in 1855 leading to settlement and the development of the communities we see today.
The picturesque town is surrounded by plantation forests, a tribute to the timber industry developed by the town’s forefathers. The first sound you will hear in the morning is the faint rhythmic ‘badoom’ of the Hyne Timber Mill operating on the outskirts of town. This is the heartbeat of the locals with the fresh alpine air from the forests filling their lungs and enveloping their souls.
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As the day begins and the sun’s rays warm the ground, the cool mist rises from the dewy grass opening to clear skies ready for your mindful exploration. Tumbarumba has become a tourism hot-spot with a reputation for award winning cold-climate wines, unique shopping experiences, amazing agricultural produce and as an emerging premium cycling destination.
The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is the first rail trail in NSW on government owned land. Since the opening in April 2020 there has been over 20,000 individuals’ pedal, push, roll, run or stroll along the trail. You can hire an e-bike from Tumba Bikes & Blooms or Ride Tumba and spend the morning cycling the 21km while stopping to read the fascinating history boards, admiring magnificent bridges and enjoying the beautiful scenic countryside.
If you’re seeking more adventure, the towns mountain bike networks are not to be surpassed with technical climbs and challenging downhill runs to test the skill of any rider.
Take your time and fill your afternoon sampling the offerings at the local cellar doors, nearby cideries and producers. A more intimate experience can be found at Courabyra Wines matching cold-climate wine with delicious dining. The meticulously grown grapes in the vineyards of the Tumbarumba region embody the decades required to mature to perfection. While produce grown in the valleys highlights the unique seasonal flavours and unmatched beauty only available when you visit.
Another must-see is the locals hidden gem, Paddys River Falls. A spectacular waterfall overflowing with natural beauty, the tremendous force fuelled on in Spring with freshly melted snow. Or perhaps the magical sunsets overlooking Mannus Lake, as the reflection dances on the water followed by the dark night sky with millions of stars sparkling, will entice you to stay.
Nestled in the mountains, Tumbarumba is accessible from the Hume Highway. It is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, an easy five-hour drive from either location.
The journey takes you through natural bushland, past lush agricultural pastures and across the Snowy Valleys. If you’re looking for a shorter trip, take a quick flight to the closest airport or catch a train (both arriving at Wagga Wagga or Albury) where you can hire a car to drive the last hour and a half to our small but enchanting town
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