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. You could even make a day of it, and take in Kiandra and Yarrangobilly.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/tumut-area/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about the Tumut area.

Getting there and parking

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    To get to attractions in the Tumut area of Kosciuszko National Park:

    From Hume Highway via Tumut:

    • From Sydney, take the Gundagai exit and follow Gocup Road to Tumut
    • From Albury or Wagga Wagga, take Snowy Mountains Highway via Adelong to Tumut
    • Drive south along Snowy Mountains Highway to the park boundary

    From Cooma:

    • Travel west through Cooma for 7km
    • Turn right at the signs to Tumut and follow Snowy Mountains Highway
    • Tumut is around 185km from Cooma, Talbingo is around 150km

    From Tumbarumba:

    • Take Tooma Road and Elliott Way

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    Road quality

    Snow chains

    The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Visit the Live Traffic website for current conditions.

    Best times to visit

    The Tumut area has plenty of things to do and see. Here are some of the highlights:

    Autumn

    The blue skies and crisp weather are perfect for outdoor activities. Get on your bike and tackle Cumberland and Big Talbingo trails, in the hills above Talbingo. Take a long walk or scenic drive, and enjoy freshly-caught fish by the campfire at tranquil Buddong Falls, O’Hares, or Jounama Creek campground. Aside from the roos, possums and wombats, you might have the place to yourself.

    Spring

    With spring rains the waterfalls will be flowing, though take care on tracks which can be boggy. Birdwatchers will be kept busy spotting honeyeaters, firetails, parrots and raptors, including wedge-tailed eagles. Snowmelt fills mountain streams and reservoirs, so cast your fishing line, or get out on the water to explore by paddle power.

    Summer

    Set up camp at Humes Crossing, Yolde or The Pines campground by Blowering Reservoir and spend your days paddling, sailing, swimming and fishing. Escape the heat with a shady forest walk along Blowering Cliffs track, Warogong Sugarloaf walk, or Old Mountain Road, as purple kunzea and white-flowered tea tree bloom on the lower slopes. Ask the Tumut Visitor Centre about ranger-led tours during school holidays.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    No park entry fees apply in the Tumut area. See vehicle entry fees for other areas in Kosciuszko National Park.

    Annual passes and entry fees (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)

    Safety messages

    All Kosciuszko National Park visitors planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the park, are recommended to fill in the trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Find out more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads available at Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Tumut Visitor Centre and the Perisher NSW National Parks office.

    Alpine safety

    Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Permitted

    Cycling

    Cycling is permitted on public roads, and on management trails outside wilderness areas. Riders please give way to walkers.

    Fishing

    You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.

    Prohibited

    Firearms, chainsaws and fossicking are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas. The alpine resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn, Ski Rider and Kosciuszko Tourist Park are exempt, though some commercial and outdoor places within these resorts may have no smoking areas.

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    Nearby towns

    Talbingo (3 km)

    Talbingo is surrounded by some of the most inspiring scenery in the Snowy Mountains. At Talbingo Dam you'll enjoy panoramic views of the region as well as superb fishing for brown and rainbow trout. You can even go water-skiing on the dam.

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    Tumut (12 km)

    Tumut is a country town on the northern foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The Rolling valleys, mountain streams and alpine mountain ranges make it popular for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

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    Learn more

    Tumut area is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Explore by water, wheels or walking

    Tumut Visitor Centre, northern gateway to Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold

    If you need some inspiration, stop by the Tumut Visitor Centre, for tips on top experiences, where to stay, and spot a corroboree frog in the display. Learn more about Kosciuszko National Park’s plants, animals and landscapes on an Aboriginal ranger-led tour (contact the visitor centre). Boat ramps on Blowering Reservoir, Talbingo Dam wall, and at O’Hares campground provide easy access for boating and paddling. There are also plenty of scenic drives, walking tracks and bike trails to tempt you away from the water. If you’re well-prepared, explore the remote Goobarragandra Wilderness or hike part of the 425km Hume and Hovell walking track.

    • Black Perry lookout Black Perry lookout, near Talbingo Mountain in Kosciuszko National Park, offers scenic views over the Snowy Mountains region, and is close to Tumut and Yarrangobilly Caves.
    • Tumut Visitor Centre Tumut Visitor Centre, on Snowy Mountains Highway, is the ideal starting point for a visit to northern Kosciuszko National Park, offering information, booking services, and souvenirs.

    World-class wilderness

    A woman stands next to a sign at Black Perry lookout, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/OEH

    In recognition of Kosciuszko's unique value as a conservation area, it’s been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. More than half of the park, over 350,000ha, has been declared wilderness, including the Bogong Peaks and Goobarragandra wilderness areas. Black Perry lookout is an excellent place to get a sense of the expansive wilderness areas in Kosciuszko's north.

    Snowy Mountains history

    Tumut 3 Power Station, Talbingo, near Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold

    Tumut area’s more recent history can be seen at Blowering Reservoir, and just outside the park at Talbingo. The Snowy Hydro Scheme is recognised as one of the civil engineering wonders of the modern world. Its vast network of dams and power stations includes Blowering, Jounama and Talbingo reservoirs, and Tumut 3 Power Station, at Talbingo.

    Unique landscapes

    Landers Falls lookout, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

    The change in scenery is noticeable as you drive along Snowy Mountains Highway. The road climbs over 1000m from the Tumut River Valley, through woodland of mountain gum and narrow-leaf peppermint, to the treeless plains surrounding Kiandra.

    • Black Perry lookout Black Perry lookout, near Talbingo Mountain in Kosciuszko National Park, offers scenic views over the Snowy Mountains region, and is close to Tumut and Yarrangobilly Caves.
    • Landers Falls lookout walk Landers Falls lookout walk, tucked into the forest between Tumut and Kiandra, wows you with dramatic views of Landers Creek waterfall plunging into the rocky gorge above Talbingo Reservoir.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

      Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

      The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

    • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

      Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

      The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

      One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

    • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

      Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

    • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

      Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

      A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

    • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

      Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

      The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

    • Platypus climbing on to a submerged tree branch. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

      Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

      One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

    • Short-beaked echidna in Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

      Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

      One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

    •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

      Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

      With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

    • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

      Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

      With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

    Environments in this area

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    What we're doing

    Tumut area has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

    Understanding landscapes and geology

    Geo conservation efforts play an important role in protecting the delicate ecosystems of Kosciuszko National Park. Rehabilitation and maintenance works to limit the impact of erosion and degradation, and monitoring the effects of climate change and visitation, are ongoing.

    Conservation program

    The Kosciuszko geodiversity action plan

    Created in response to a concern that Kosciuszko National Park’s geodiversity was not being sufficiently protected, the Kosciuszko geodiversity action plan outlines key actions for conserving the highly regarded geological features within the park. As an example of geoconservation, it has provided the template for similar measures across the state.

    Preserving bioodiversity

    Kosciuszko National Park plays an important role in conserving NSW’s biodiversity and preserving its vulnerable, threatened and endangered species. Conservation activities, such as the Saving Our Species and northern corroboree frog conservation programs, are carried out in this area of the park. These activities include monitoring the species’ habitats, distribution and population.

    Conservation program

    BioNet

    Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

    Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

    Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems and habitats within Kosciuszko National Park. Reduction of pest species such as deer, pigs, dogs and foxes, is an important part of the work NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) does to protect the integrity of the Tumut area.

    Conservation program

    Wild dog control program

    Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out wild dog pest control, we aim to minimise the impact that they have on livestock and domestic pets, while maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.

    Developing visitor facilities and experiences

    NPWS is committed to developing facilities for the enjoyment and safety of visitors to Kosciuszko National Park. Visitor feedback and environmental sustainability are key considerations in park maintenance, and upgrades are ongoing. Camping areas are continually maintained and upgraded, and NPWS regularly reviews the park’s recreational opportunities, identifying areas for improvement or addition. Hazard assessments are also ongoing.

    Kosciuszko National Park has achieved Australia’s first Ecotourism Destination Certification, through Ecotourism Australia, recognising best practice sustainable tourism and visitation in protected areas.

    Managing fire

    NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world due to our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

    Conservation program

    Hazard reduction program

    Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

    Blowering Reservoir near Humes Crossing, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH