Nestled in the rolling western foothills of the Snowy Mountains and framed by rugged snow capped mountains, Tumbarumba Shire offers a vibrant country lifestyle whether you are looking to start a business, raise a family or retire.
The key employer in the region is the timber plantation and processing industry. Other significant employers include agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, tourism, retail, Snowy Hydro Limited and a correctional centre. The Shire is well serviced by quality health, education and community facilities, making it an excellent choice for a country lifestyle in a scenic natural environment.
- Five major banks
- Credit Union
- Legal and accounting firms
- Real Estate agents
- Agricultural machinery
- Post Office
- Service Stations
- Car Hire
- Veterinary Clinic
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Golf Course
- Fast food
Shire Population: 3,358
Housing: median price $168,500
Location: Tumbarumba Shire is ideally located for those seeking a comfortable country lifestyle in a vibrant and friendly community. It is situated on the western side of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, with Kosciuszko National Park to the East, and the Murray River to the South. The Shire is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne via the Hume Highway, and is just under three hours from Canberra. The regional centre of Wagga Wagga is one hour’s drive from the town of Tumbarumba. Selwyn Snowfields are located one hour away - perfect for family ski trips!
Distance from Sydney: 471km
Distance from Melbourne: 470km
Distance from Canberra: 256km
Climate: Tumbarumba enjoys a cool mountain climate that is favoured for cool climate wine growing, agriculture, horticulture and plantation forestry. The Shire has high sunshine hours with brilliant light and is warmer, for example, than the Macedon Ranges in central Victoria. The town of Tumbarumba has an elevation of 592m above sea level while Khancoban has an elevation of 337m. The average annual rainfall is 978mm, which falls mostly in winter and spring. The shire has four distinct seasons marked by brilliant summer sunshine; a spectacular display of autumn leaves; winter views of snow capped mountains; and sparkling spring days.
Tumbarumba Shire’s main attraction is its pristine natural environment. The Shire is tucked into the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains and is the gateway to some of Australia's most spectacular alpine landscapes. It is surrounded by idyllic mountain peaks; natural bushland; expansive vineyards; lush agricultural pastures; and crystal-clear streams brimming with trout. Tumbarumba Shire is perfect for people who live an active outdoor lifestyle and enjoy activities such as bush walking, horse riding, skiing, fishing and cycling.
- Before and after school care
- Child care centre
- Family day care
- Mobile van childcare to outlying areas
- Primary schools (including a catholic primary school)
- High School
- Golf course
- Tennis courts
- Netball courts
- Basketball courts
- Swimming pool
- Squash courts
- AFL oval
- Rugby league oval
- Cricket fields
- Pony club grounds
- Skate park
- Racecourse (including polocrosse and camp draft facilities)
- Korean martial arts (Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do)
Health & Medical
- Medical practices
- Tumbarumba Hospital
- Diabetic educator
- Female doctor
- Early childhood nurse
- Massage Therapists
- Asthma Foundation
- Community transport
- Meals on wheels
- Home care
- Community Health
- Nursing home
- Aged hostel
- Self contained retirement village
Recreation & Sporting
Tumbarumba Shire is surrounded by a spectacular natural landscape of forests, mountains, streams and lakes that make it ideal for outdoor recreational activities.
Some of Tumbarumba Shire’s recreational facilities include:
- Kosciuszko National Park
- Mountain streams and lakes for fishing and boating
- Hume and Hovell Walking Track
- Selwyn Snowfields (one hour’s drive)
- Mountain bike trails
- Bicentennial Trail and other horse riding trails
- Excellent motorcycling roads
- Swimming pools
- Skate park
- Children’s playground
- Free camping grounds
- Gold fossicking areas
- Golf clubs
- Bowling club
Tumbarumba is positioned between Wagga Wagga, Albury and Tumut, with travel time to each of these centres between 45 and 75 minutes. All roads are sealed.
A CountryLink coach service, which operates six days per week to and from Tumbarumba, connects to rail services destined for both Sydney and Melbourne via Cootamundra. There is also a coach service to and from Wagga Wagga three days per week.
A number of school bus and bus charter services also operate from Tumbarumba to most regional towns.
Qantaslink and Regional Express operate direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne from Wagga Wagga Airport on a daily basis.
- Supermarkets open 7 days
- Medical practices
- Service stations
- Veterinary clinic
- Service stations
- Real estate agents
- Service stations
- Beauty salons
- Hardware/rural supplies
- Post office
- Internet cafe/Laundromat
- Furniture retailer
- Clothing and footwear retailers
- Antique store
- Fast food
- Gift and craft stores
- Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs
- Antique, gift and craft shops
- Artists on Parade Gallery
- Tumbarumba Gold Cup Races
- Annual art show
- Wine tasting
- Tumbarumba Rodeo
- Tumbarumba Show
- Rosewood Country Roundup
- Agricultural Shows
- Easter feast of Cycling
- Boggy Creek Show
- Book clubs
- Pioneer Women’s Hut
- Lions Tumbarumba Charity Trail Ride
- Upper Murray Challenge
Tumbarumba’s population is growing, and there are a number of new housing developments taking place in Tumbarumba Shire. These developments are both Council and private sector projects. There are quality residential and rural residential lots available. With a steady growth in population and a demand for additional housing, a number of property investors are looking to Tumbarumba Shire as a development opportunity.
Purchase or rental of residential properties can be made through local real estate agents. The type of properties varies throughout the Shire but prices remain much lower than in metropolitan and larger regional centres.
The timber plantation and processing industry is a key employer, with the Hyne and Son Pty Ltd mill at Tumbarumba being the largest softwood processing mill in the southern hemisphere. Agriculture, horticulture and viticulture add to the economic strength of the area. The reputation of the region's cool climate wines continues to grow, with the achievement of numerous awards by the wine industry. Other key employers are the commercial business centre, Tumbarumba Shire Council, Snowy Hydro Limited and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Things to See & Do
Coming for a weekend visit?
Try these must do suggestions to make the most of your visit.
As you approach Tumbarumba from Sydney at Laurel Hill, keep your eyes peeled for brumbies grazing in the clearings of Mountain Ash, the world’s tallest flowering plant. Make sure you stop in to Sugar Pine Walk and take the short stroll amongst a dense stand of enormous sugar pines planted in 1928. This species is the largest and tallest of all pines. If you’re hungry, why not stop in at the Laurel Hill Blueberry Farm for delicious blueberry pancakes, or the Asgard cool climate plant nursery for morning tea.
Once you reach Tumbarumba, drop into the Tumbarumba Visitors Information Centre located in the historic Tattersall’s building. Here you will find loads of information on the region, and history buffs will enjoy the Tumbarumba Museum located within the building. It provides some fascinating displays on Tumbarumba’s gold mining, timber and cattleman’s heritage. If you can’t get enough of pioneer history, Glenroy Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum has a fabulous themed collection of craftworks and artefacts. There is always a local person available to talk to visitors, and this museum is run entirely by community volunteers.
Alternatively, you could pick up a booklet on the history of the town buildings with suggested walking routes around the town. Along the way take time to browse the gift and antique shops in the charming main street. You could also drop into Artists on Parade, a non profit, community based gallery and artist workspace run by local artists and volunteers. It features regularly changing gallery space and a unique gift shop.
For lunch, try one of Tumbarumba’s authentic country pubs for a counter meal, or check out the unique “4 Bears Cafe” – kids will love the furry atmosphere and the food is great!
After lunch, The Boggy Creek Show is a funny and entertaining “must do” for visitors of all ages. This is where you can learn how the mountain cattlemen not only live on in folklore and poetry, but also in person. The Boggy Creek operators are third generation mountain farmers, and display a genuine warmth and enthusiasm in the interpretation of their lifestyle.
Alternatively, you could spend the afternoon tasting the delicious Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of the region at cellar doors, open all year round.
A great option for dinner is Nest Cinema Cafe. Nest is a Licensed Cafe, Boutique Armchair Cinema and Beautiful Bookstore all in one cosy space. Open Friday and Saturday nights for gourmet pizza and blackboard dinner specials using local produce - you can even dine while watching a movie.
Alternatively, Elms Restaurant proudly showcases regional and local wines and produce, with a menu designed to make the most of seasonal offerings. The restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows and glass conservatory create a fabulous spacious atmosphere that makes the most of stunning views.
There are a range of accommodation options in the Tumbarumba region, from boutique B&Bs, comfortable motels, to stunning natural campgrounds where you can get back to nature in the beautiful mountain environment. For more information go to www.visittumbashire.com.au
On day 2 get up bright and early and head south through the rolling foothills of the Snowy Mountains towards Khancoban. You may like to explore a section of the Hume and Hovell Walking Track at the Henry Angel Trackhead. Here, you can see evidence of early gold mining sluicing and dredging, including a 70 metre tunnel which has now become the Burra creek course. If you would prefer a little less exertion, stop into Paddy’s River Falls instead. As you continue on, you will pass through the small rural locality of Tooma, which was ravaged by a bushfire in 2009 and floods in 2010. The Tooma Inn, established in 1879 is a fabulous example of an early country pub still operating today. Other great country pubs in the region are the Bridge Hotel on the Murray River at Jingellic, and the Tintaldra Pub on the Murray at Tintaldra. Between Tooma and Khancoban you are very close to the Murray River. This agricultural region is called the “Upper Murray” and has a reputation for being some of the best beef cattle grazing & seed production land in Australia.
Khancoban lies on the Western edge of Kosciuszko National Park amongst stunning mountain scenery. The town was originally built to accommodate workers and their families on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. According to the Australian Government, The Scheme is by far the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. It is also one of the largest and most complex hydro-electric schemes in the world.
The Snowy Mountains Scheme construction is seen by many as a defining point in Australia's history, and an important symbol of Australia's identity as an independent, multicultural and resourceful country. Murray 1 Power Station on the Alpine Way near Khancoban is the second largest station in the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Next to the station is the Murray 1 Visitors Centre, which offers an interactive experience with a wide range of displays, "hands on" models and exhibits. Light refreshments are available in the Café.
After a bite to eat, why not try your hand at trout fishing in the streams and lakes of the mountains at Khancoban. Khancoban has some excellent trout fishing waterways, such as the Swampy Plains River and Khancoban pondage. The secret of summer fishing in the region is the constant influx of cold water from the mountains, making the temperature ideal for trout.
After a busy day, you could cook your catch of trout on a campfire by the lake, or put your feet up in front of a crackling fire with a glass of local wine one of the many B&B’s in the Khancoban area.
As you come to the end of your visit to Tumbarumba Shire, why not continue along the Snowy Valleys Way as a scenic alternative to the Hume Highway through to Beechworth in Victoria, or Gundagai in NSW.
To help plan your trip and check opening hours, please visit the Tumbarumba Visitors Information Centre, Ph: (02) 6948 3333.
Festivals & Attractions
Tumbarumba comes alive on the last weekend in February with Tumbafest. This is a weekend of non-stop music and entertainment, with market and food stalls, and the opportunity to taste the local cool climate wines.
For more information visit www.tumbafest.com.au
Upper Murray Challenge
A gruelling race in October for teams and individuals. Competitors cycle 38 km over hilly forest trails, 4wd tracks and open paddocks in and around Khancoban township, then paddle for 11 kms down the swift flowing Swampy Plains River to where it joins the Murray River and continue for another 15 kms. Runners then enjoy a gently undulating dirt road for 7 km. Get your team together and enter, or enjoy the spectacle.
For info go to www.uppermurraychallenge.com.au
In November thousands of motorcyclists participating in the annual Snowy Ride will finish at the final checkpoint at Thredbo. Khancoban is one of the nine checkpoints that they pass through. The others are Adaminaby, Berridale, Bombala, Charlotte Pass, Cooma, Dalgety, and Jindabyne.
The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW with the aim of involving motorcycle riders from all over Australia to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research. It is also an opportunity for riders to enjoy a weekend away with their friends and family and to ride some of Australia's best and most picturesque roads.
For more information: www.snowyride.com.au
Lions Tumbarumba Shire Charity Trail Ride
Held on the first weekend of May. A great weekend for meeting other horse people, while raising money for charity and enjoying the scenery on the western side of the Snowy Mountains.
For a day of action packed events, thrills and spills, featuring some of the best rodeo competitors in the country, Tumbarumba Rodeo is one of the best known on the professional rodeo circuit.
Arts and Crafts
There is an active artists group and the area often visited by artists for the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil environment. They exhibit at the gallery Artists on Parade in Tumbarumba and hold regular workshops.
The Tumbarumba Art Show in June features local and regional artists, and Khancoban hosts an annual show in October. Local and regional crafts and produce are available at various shops in the Shire.
Tumbarumba is well known as an area that produces good quality cool climate wines. Planting commenced in 1982 and there are now around 30 vineyards producing sparkling and table wines. The majority of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the region continue to be used for sparkling wine with these two varieties accounting for 75 percent of the total plantings and a testament to the cool climate.
The local supermarkets carry most of the wines produced from Tumbarumba vines, and you can visit the following vineyards for a taste:
Glenburnie Vineyard - 02 6948 2570
Black Range Road, Tumbarumba
Sunnyside - 02 6948 3200
Albury Close, Tumbarumba
Mannus Wines - 02 6948 8482
79 Glenroy Hills Road, Tumbarumba
Lankeys Creek - 02 6037 1577
on road to Holbrook off Jingellic Road
This is a great day out in February. The highlight is the running of the Tumbarumba Cup. There are fashions on the field, on site bookies, TAB facilities and wine and beer sales.
Woodland Film Festival
Held in August or September, the Woodland Film Festival is a film festival open to many categories of filmmaker – short films, animation, black and white and feature films. It is a celebration of artistic talent, Tumbarumba’s natural beauty and features a gala night showcasing food and wine from the region.
For more information: http://www.woodlandfilmfestival.com/