Road tripping: Natural beauty

Sugar Pine Walk at Laurel Hill near Tumbarumba, New South Wales

Wagga > Adelong > Tumut > Laurel Hill > Tumbarumba > Wagga
Round-trip: Approximately 350 kilometres

Depart Wagga at 8am.

9am to 10am

Have a leisurely swim, picnic or take a walk around the historic gold mill ruins at Adelong Falls. The remarkable stone ruins give a glimpse of how reef ore was processed, and there is no better place to sit on a hot summer day than on a rock in the babbling water of Adelong Creek.

11am

Blowering Dam is a great spot to camp, fish or, for the more adventurous, waterski. The drive alongside the dam on the Snowy Mountains Highway offers beautiful views and spectacular photo opportunities.

12.30pm

Grab lunch in Tumut and walk it off with a wander along the Tumut River.

2pm

The Sugar Pine Walk near Laurel Hill is a magical, mystical place any time of year. The remnants of a pine plantation planted in 1928, the trees are now giants, quietly keeping watch over the hills. In summer the forest is cool and quiet, in winter the icicles and mist turn it into a place fit for fairies.

3pm

Paddys River Falls is a hidden waterhole, perfect for summer swimming. An easy walk from the lookout will lead you directly under the falls. Scamper the rocks to reach the water or get a better shot of the 18-metre high waterfall.

4pm

Tumbarumba is making a name for itself as a developing cool climate wine-growing region. Several local wineries have cellar doors for you to sample. Wander through the historic township and along the creek and parklands before getting back on the road to Wagga.

More to explore

  • The Hume and Hovell Track passes right through the Tumut and Tumbarumba region and can be reached via several access points. Whether tackling longer sections or just short walks the track passes through a variety of terrain.
  • An hour past Tumut, Yarrangobilly Caves are some of the most beautiful in Australia. Guided tours of the caves operate daily.
  • Head to Selwyn Snowfields for family friendly skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing in winter.

First published: 12 Jan 2018.


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