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Tumut area

Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

The Tumut area is your launch pad into northern Kosciuszko National Park. Discover water sports and wildlife at Blowering Reservoir. Camp and explore hidden walks and waterfalls in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.

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Tumut Visitor Centre is the ideal introduction to the diverse attractions, scenery and activities of northern Kosciuszko National Park.

Blowering Reservoir is a highlight of the area, its sparkling waters a drawcard for boating, sailing and waterskiing. Throw a fishing line in and see if the cod or redfin are biting, and be sure to bring your canoe or kayak for a paddle.

Spot kangaroos, emus, and maybe even an eagle, from your campground or picnic spot on Blowering’s eastern shores. Head off the beaten track to secluded Buddong Falls campground, near Tumbarumba.

The tall forests hide shady tracks and trails to secret waterfalls and panoramic lookouts. Walk to pretty Buddong Falls, or climb to the base of Blowering Cliffs. Hike along Old Mountain Road, or discover Landers Falls lookout, perched above a rocky gorge. Nearby, Big Talbingo trail is a challenge for both mountain bikers and walkers.

Most attractions are easily accessed along the Snowy Mountains Highway. This scenic drive runs 180km from Tumut to Cooma, via Talbingo and Adaminaby. A fascinating detour from the highway is Lobs Hole Ravine trail. Uncover abandoned mining relics, heritage ruins, and some remarkable rock streams (4WD recommended). You could even make a day of it, and take in Kiandra and Yarrangobilly.

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Kosciuszko trip intention form

Are you planning a long hike, off-track and overnight adventures, or visiting a remote part of Kosciuszko National Park? We recommend you fill in a trip intention form and carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) for your safety. Find out more about the free trip intention form.

A walker on Illawong walk in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer

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Snowy Mountains Highway

Snowy Mountains Highway is a scenic driving route between Tumut and Adaminaby, taking in caves, campgrounds, ski fields, trails for hiking, biking and horse riding in northern Kosciuszko National Park.

Snowy Mountains Highway, Koscisuzko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer
Blowering Reservoir near Humes Crossing, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH