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New South Wales
All Saints Anglican Church, Tumut
Tumut is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 35°18′17″S 148°13′22″E / 35.30472°S 148.22278°E / -35.30472; 148.22278Coordinates: 35°18′17″S 148°13′22″E / 35.30472°S 148.22278°E / -35.30472; 148.22278
Population 6,086 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 2720
Elevation 305.0 m (1,001 ft)
LGA(s) Tumut Shire
County Wynyard
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Riverina
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21 °C
70 °F
6.6 °C
44 °F
907.2 mm
35.7 in

Tumut /ˈtjuːmət/ or /ˈmət/[2] is a town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, situated on the banks of the Tumut River. Tumut is at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and is referred to as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Tumut Shire is administered from offices located in the town. Tumut is approximately 410 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of Sydney and 525 kilometres (330 mi) north-east of Melbourne.[3][4]

Tumut is home to a number of historic buildings, including an Anglican church designed by Edmund Blacket and a Courthouse designed by James Barnet. Many of the pubs in the town have been in use from the mid to late 1800s.

Early settlers established a large number of European deciduous trees throughout the area. The stand of Poplars, Elm and Willow, amongst others, create a well renowned display of colour over autumn. Tumut celebrates this with the yearly Festival of the Falling Leaf.


Tumut is a name derived from an Aboriginal word meaning "a quiet resting place by the river".


Wynyard Street
The town from the Rotary Lookout

Tumut Post Office opened 1 January 1849.[5]

Tumut was one of the ten areas short-listed in 1908 as a site for the Australian Capital Territory. Other locations that were short-listed include Albury, Armidale, Bombala, Dalgety, Lake George, Orange, Tooma, Lyndhurst and Yass-Canberra.[6]

The town's rugby league team competed in the Maher Cup.


Tumut is the centre of a thriving softwood industry based on plantation Pinus radiata. CarterHoltHarvey Woodproducts (Central and Northern Regions) Pty Ltd operate a major sawmill on Adelong Road (the Snowy Mountains Highway) and a chipboard panel factory next door. 8 km further west on the Snowy Mountains Highway at Gilmore the company also operates a sawlog processing plant.

The Visy pulp and paper mill is located north of the Snowy Mountains Highway at Gadara (between Tumut and Adelong). The Visy mill is the only paper mill owned by Visy that makes paper from wood (their other mills all use recycled paper as the raw material), and is one of the biggest wood mills in Australia.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tumut (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition. Melbourne: The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. 2005. ISBN 1-876429-14-3.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  3. ^ "Sydney-Tumut". Google Maps. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Melbourne-Tumut". Google Maps. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ BBC Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia UPDATE

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