We’re always chasing those moments. Moments when it feel like you could ride forever, when it feels like you’re part of nature, when the fresh air, stunning landscapes and a sense of achievement fill your senses. Moments when your family can all explore a new place together without stressing about traffic, red lights and when your next meeting is. You can find these moments, and so much more, when cycling in the Snowy Valleys.
Surrounded by idyllic mountain peaks, natural bushland, expansive vineyards, lush agricultural pastures, and crystal-clear streams brimming with trout – Tumbarumba enjoys a mountain climate, favoured for award-winning vineyards, grass-fed beef and lamb, blueberries bursting with favour, and plantation forestry. Rain falls mostly in winter and spring, perfect for the grapes destined to make up the region’s cold climate wines.
Investigate our history through the Tumbarumba Museum (located at the Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre), where you’ll find fascinating displays on the gold mining, timber and cattleman’s heritage of the area, as well as special exhibitions. The nearby Pioneer Women’s Hut and National Quilt Museum is dedicated to the preservation of domestic objects belonging to rural families, especially women. The displays are unusual in that most objects are able to be handled, and a lot of work has gone into collecting the stories behind the articles. By putting the articles into the context of women’s daily lives, the collection takes on meaning. There is always a local person available to talk to visitors, and this museum has been run entirely by community volunteers since it opened in 1985.
Events in Tumbarumba
At the end of February each year, the Creekscape, in the park behind Tumbarumba’s main street comes alive for Tumbafest – a celebration of food, wine and music. Tumbafest sees visitors of all ages, from right across the country, visit Tumbarumba to enjoy the mountain air, the wonderful produce that our cool climate affords, and musical acts from internationally renowned artists.
Tumbarumba Artists on Parade not only offers regularly changing gallery space showcasing local and visiting artists, and a unique gift shop, but also hosts a winter music concert series, and the Carcoola Art Show.
Places to Stay in Tumbarumba
Tumbarumba has a range of accommodation options including two motels, two hotels offering pub-style accommodation, B&Bs, self-contained homes and cottages, and a caravan park. A CMCA RV Friendly town, free overnight parking for self-contained campervans and caravans is available at Tumbarumba behind the main street. Free camping is available across the region at Paddys River Dam, Mannus Lake, and Henry Angel Trackhead, all on the Hume and Hovell Track. Other free campsites in the areas include Paddys River Flats, Jingellic Reserve on the Murray River at Jingellic, Geehi Rest Area 34kms south of Khancoban beside the crystal-clear Swampy Plains River, and Tom Groggin Rest Area 50km south of Khancoban next to the Murray River.
Tumbarumba has everything to meet a traveller’s needs, with two supermarkets, a chemist, cafés, bakery, shops, service stations, banks, hospital, library, mechanics, and a hardware store. Tumbarumba’s golf club and bowls club welcome visitors, and Tumbarumba pump track is a favourite with cyclists year-round, while the pool is open during summer.