Tumut sits at an elevation of 300 meters on the north-west foothills of the Snowy Mountains, and is a gateway to that region.
The Snowy Mountains mostly consist of the high country, where elevations slowly rise up to around 1600m at the alpine villages, with much of the area being a largely a plateau. The flat topped piece of ground rises only a few metres higher than the second highest "mountain" only a few kilometres away, and while the country is pretty, the vista is less than that you would get from the sandstone cliffs in the Blue Mountains. The best place to get the mountain peak experience in the Snowies is on the Snowy Mountains highway between Tumut and Cooma. The roads wind through the mountains, and you can get some appreciation for the height of the peaks, and the drop on the side of the range.
Most of the attractions are out of town, and you will need a car to see them.
- Tumut Museum, 63 Capper St.. 1pm - 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.
- Caves and thermal pools at Yarrangobilly.
- McDonald's Family Restaurant (Maccas), 25 Fitzroy St (On the Snowy Mountains Hwy next to Woolworths), ☎ +61 2 6947 1058. 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Public toilets, dining room, McCafe, play area, drive thru & free WiFi Internet.