Like all prosperous country towns in Australia, it has its share of lovely gardens, mainly because of its English heritage that encouraged this type of thing.
Fondest memory: These are some pictures from just one of the established parks in Tumut, called Stockwell Gardens
Situated around the intersection of Richmond and Russell Streets, the trees have botanical nameplates in this award-winning garden and the beds of flowers beneath them in springtime make the place a joy to walk in.
Take the Snowy Mountains Highway out of town, heading towards Cooma and follow the signs to the Blowering Dam. The journey takes 12 km. The dam is impressive with the wall being over 120 metres high. It has the second largest storage capacity in the whole Snowy Mountains project.
However, should you drive along its length to the Tumut 3 Power Station during summer holidays, you may be surprised to see just how many people come to this lovely dam.
Fondest memory: The dam was the site where the world's longest water-ski run occurred when someone kept going for 1673 km.
It also became the location of the world water speed record when Ken Warby travelled across it on a tunell hulled craft called "Spirit of Australia" at 510.45 km/hour in 1978. There were features on his craft that could have been better engineered so its full potential was never realised.
The record still stands today, as of 2013.
The old hotels with their wrought iron verandahs are a special treat for viewers of architecture, but even if they have worked wooden balconies they are still attractive.
Tumut has its share as shown in these pictures.
Fondest memory: The Oriental Hotel was originally known as the Queens Arms. It is a classic goldrush era building showing off its affluence. There was a pub on this site as early as 1850 and the first publican was a man named Madigan. This new hotel was designed and built by Frederick Kinred about 1876. He took up Madigan's license. It has a beautiful wrought iron verandah.
Favorite thing: More photos of the flowers during spring time of 2008 (September). Overall, spring is a good season to visit Tumut and surrounding areas due to the pleasant and cool weather, as well as the flowers and greenery all around.
When I was in Tumut and surrounding areas during September 2008, it was spring time and the flowers and trees were blooming. Very beautiful and colourful flowers can be seen as shown in the attached photographs.
More information and photos are at part 2 of this tip.
Favorite thing: The Tumut River flows pass the town of Tumut and offers great walking opportunities along its banks to enjoy the countryside scenery with the farms, cows, trees and surrounding mountains. Do be careful of the fast flowing water along some parts of the river.
Favorite thing: While at the town of Tumbarumba, I visited the Lauder Oval where there was a local horse event going on. It was a competition where different teams on horses played different games. There was a festive atmosphere and a good gathering of families and friends. It was an enjoyable experience for me as a whole.
Favorite thing: I managed to mingle around with some chickens and visit their egg shed when I was in Tumut. It was en enjoyable and relaxing experience, especially since I lived in a city where there is hardly any chance to visit the lovely and green countryside.
There were several animal encounters when I was in the areas surrounding tumut, including meeting an echinda, large tortoise, kangeroos, wombat holes as well as lots of cows!
I was told that this area of New South Wales has lots of native animals, so do keep a lookout and do be careful when driving :-)
Favorite thing: On one visit to Tumut I came across snow!! I was really amazed because I didn't know it snowed so low down those mountains... It was great to see and my old boxer dog (sadly no longer with me) loved playing in the snow. :)
While we were near Tumut one day with our friends from Holland we came across a pile of emus...they came very close for wild emus!
You will manage to see emus almost everywhere around the Tumut Dam...I think I've seen them on every trip to the dam so far...
This photo is taken at the bottom of the Snowy Mountain Scheme power station...the pipes are HUGE...you can see how big by the size of my friends in the photo... :)
This is Tumut 3 Power Station - open 7 days for guided tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
Phone: 1800 623 776
The Snowy Mountain Scheme power stations are near Tumut...the huge pipes that run down the mountains are amazing.
There are 16 major dams, seven power stations and one pumping station. Plus 145 kms of underground tunnels and 80 kms of aqueducts
The tour is a bit long and fairly in depth so if you aren't into power stations then I recommend you just have a look around on your own...
Going camping is always fun...we went to the Thomas Boyd Trackhead not far out of Tumut in November 2003 and had a great time! :)
There are plenty of areas for camping, dogs are allowed there and they even have toilets!!!
Favorite thing: This photo was taken from the top of the Tumut Dam wall...there is a nice picnic ground below great for spending some time with friends or family... :)