Things to do
Adelong Alive Museum
Adelong Alive Museum tells the stories of Adelong and district, beginning in the gold rush period of 1852 and continuing to the present day. This community museum depicts the importance of gold to the town and the history of the Adelong Creek with working models relating to the gold battery.
This small but vibrant museum offers a variety of local displays and travelling exhibitions which are rotated regularly. It tells the stories of the struggles and achievements of the local people from as far back as 1851, plus there is small collection of artefacts and photographs.
The museum is run by volunteers and entry is by donation. For more information visit click here.
The Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins
A must see destination is the state listed heritage industrial site of the Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins. The heritage gateway to the Snowy Mountains; it is one of the most important historic sites that identifies the discovery of gold in southern NSW and is a unique site that forms part of intensive gold mining landscape 1.5kms from Adelong.
Adelong is also proud to be part of the NSW Gold Trails – discover NSW’s rich gold heritage at www.goldtrails.com.au.
Yarrangobilly Caves & Thermal Pool
Home to some of the most beautiful caves in Australia, the opportunity to see something unique and spelling binding are endless at Yarrangobilly. There is something for the entire family to do be that exploring underground caves, a dip in the thermal pool, bushwalking and or simply enjoying the shady trails and summer wildflowers. Birdwatchers can take some time to enjoy the birdsongs or view the endless variety of birds.
Explore the caves created 440 million years ago by taking a self-guided tour through the largest cave, called South glory or enjoy the other caves on guided Discovery tours. These amazing tours run three or four times daily (closed Christmas Day) and are not to be missed. During peak periods and holidays you can join the Aboriginal Discovery rangers for a unique, special and hands-on cultural encounter.
For more information click here.
The Sugar Pine Walk
The Sugar Pine Walk is one of the region’s best kept secrets and is a must-see for any visitors to the area.
Take the short stroll amongst a dense stand of enormous sugar pines planted in 1928. This species is the largest and tallest of all pines.
Here you’ll find great opportunities for photography and, if you’re lucky enough to visit during the few days of snow that they see each year, it can be a magical experience.
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Blowering Dam & Cliffs Walk
You’ll enjoy fishing, boating, waterskiing and swimming at Blowering Dam, where Ken Warby set the world water-speed record in 1978. Three times the size of Sydney Harbour, the dam is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity.
It is a 20 minute drive from Tumut or Talbingo. The Blowering Cliffs are a set of outstanding granite cliffs overlooking the Blowering Reservoir. The walking track goes to Blowering Falls and is quite steep in sections and passes through dense vegetation which grows on the damp, sheltered hillsides. The last section of the walk involves navigating around rock slabs which have fallen fro the cliff above.
For more information click here.
What about a day trip to the family friendly Selwyn Snowfields? Selwyn caters for beginners and seasoned skiers and snowboarders alike. Whether you like charging down the advanced black runs or taking it easy on the intermediate runs, Selwyn’s network of trails will keep your entire family entertained.
At Selwyn Snowfields there is also tobogganing, snow biking and a snow tube park. There is also a ski hire outlet, ski shop, cafe and picnic area. For more information go to http://www.selwynsnow.com.au/
Close to Selwyn Snowfields there is also a network of Cross Country Ski Trails. For more information contact the Tumut Region Visitor Information Centre
Adelong Fair & Antique Auction
Visit historic Adelong and enjoy a country fair. Stalls line the verandahed street, and an antique auction is held in the Adelonia Theatre during the day.
For more information visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AdelongFair/
The Adelong P & A Society have been hosting an annual Show for over 100 years!
The event will be full of entertainment for the whole family including horse events, pavilion of exhibits, Stockmans Challenge, children’s activities, entertainment, food and other stalls.
For more information visit www.adelong.org.au
Tumut Festival of the Falling Leaf
Autumn in Tumut offers one of the most spectacular display of ‘ seasonal colours’ to be found anywhere in New South Wales.
The Festival of the Falling Leaf is recognised as one of the major events in the Tumut Region. The scenic location, autumn colours and crisp, clear air of the Tumut Region provide a unique festival experience for visitors.
For more information visit the Festival of the Falling Leaf website.
Batlow Apple Blossom Festival
The Batlow Apple Blossom Festival is held on the 3rd Saturday on October every year! Don’t miss this weekend of family fun. A Gala Day with Market Stalls, live music, displays and demonstrations, fireworks and lots of free entertainment! Exhibitions, art, workshops and much, much more. Click here for more information.
Ciderfest is an annual event held on the 3rd Saturday in May. A great range of boutique ciders, beers, wines all coupled with great food and music. A day not to be missed!
For more information visit the Ciderfest website.
Celebrate spring at Tumbarumba Tastebuds, combining the open Cellar Doors with Tumbarumba Garden Club’s annual Open Gardens and Flower Show.
Take the opportunity to meet the vignerons who produce our award-winning wines, some of the cellar doors are open exclusively for the weekend. Visit the various gardens on display, appreciate the dedication that goes into the presentation of the gardens and flower show.
Tumbafest is an annual festival held in the picturesque town of Tumbarumba, It is a celebration of quality music and local cool climate food and wine. Tumbafest is held on the last weekend of February, and is an event sure to entertain the whole family!
For more information visit the website www.tumbafest.com.au
Lanterns on the Lagoon
Lanterns on the Lagoon is a festival celebrating reflection, sustainable art and sculpture. Coinciding with the Spring equinox each year, this festival provides a platform for the community to enjoy a cultural experience in a relaxed environment.
Set in a beautifully serene park nestled next to the banks of the Tumut River, this free event hosts a range of family friendly activities from midday into the evening. Visitors are welcomed with music, fine food and entertainment as they meander throughout the park to marvel at sculptures crafted from recycled, reclaimed and sustainable materials.
Woodland Film Festival
Woodland is a grass-roots celebration of film, creativity and community and a unique outlet for filmmakers of all calibres to strut their stuff. Set in the picturesque mountain town of Tumbarumba, Woodland is setting out to show the world that us local yokels can stage an event that even the big wigs from the city would be proud of.
You get to see great films from around the world, meet interesting people from all over, eat Laura’s great food, drink good wine and beer and have a dang good time in the process.
Rock the Turf
Situated alongside the beautiful Tumut River in the leafy grounds of the picturesque Racecourse, Rock The Turf is fast becoming one of the region’s premier events. With a full schedule of music from local and national artists to suit the crowds of all ages, a wide array of food & beverage stalls in attendance and a number of children’s amusements on offer, Rock The Turf is a day out the whole family can enjoy.
Nestled on the bank of the Adelong Creek, Adelong is a town of some 900 residents. The main street is classified by the National Heritage Trust of Australia (NSW) with some buildings dating back to the gold rush. Adelong is the town that services the heritage listed site the Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins.
The name ‘Adelong’, believed to be derived from the local Aboriginal dialect and meaning ‘along the way’, was said to have been adopted from Adelong Station which stretched from Tumblong on the Hume Highway to Batlow.
The Adelong Alive Museum has a scale model of the Reefer ore crushing mill and working models of ore crushing machinery together with information on the Adelong and district gold rush. A booklet by Tom Wiles on the Reefer Battery can be purchased for those wishing to know more about this ingenious mill.
A heritage walk booklet is available at the Tumut Region Visitor Centre and the Adelong museum for visitors interested in seeing more of Adelong’s heritage.
Food and Drinks
These are just a few highlights. You will find more information about places to eat and drink in the tourist brochures provided in our accommodation and at www.visittumut.com.au
The Royal Hotel
Affectionately known as ‘The Top Pub’ – The Royal Hotel is a classic Australian country pub providing restaurant dining and accommodation located at the top end of the main street in Adelong. The Royal Hotel boasts friendly staff and an air-conditioned restaurant and bar with a wide range of ice cold beers and wines. We also offer a large beer garden with safe children’s playground,
Cnr Tumut and Campbell Streets, Adelong
(02) 6946 4666
Cooked breakfasts, fresh sandwiches, wraps and rolls, pies and sausage rolls, fish and chips, and burgers. Also offering pizzas and Indian. Hot drinks, cold drinks and ice cream. eat in or take-away.
49 Tumut Street, Adelong
Open daily from 8am-7pm
(02) 6946 2824
The Miner’s Plate – Adelong S & C Club
Licenced Chinese Restaurant offering a large range of Chinese meals. Eat in or take-away.
54 Tumut Stree, Adelong
(02) 6946 2899
Tumut River Brewing Co.
Brandy’s Licensed Restaurant
Modern Australian cuisine. Located in the Ashton Townhouse Motel the restuarant is open to the public.
Open for dinner – 6 nights from 6-8pm
124 Wynyward Street, Tumut
(02) 6947 6336
Heat of India
An array of dishes from all over India prepared to your individual tastes.
Lunch Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm / Dinner 5-10pm
The Hub, 43-45 Wynyard Street, Tumut
(02) 6947 4995
Royal Hotel Bistro
Built in 1854, the hotel offers abundant space in the dining room. Check out the menu attached to the website (royalhoteltumut.com.au) or contact them daily to find out the rotating specials. Their Steak Sandwich on the specials board has become the stuff of Tumut folk law..
Lunch 7 days / Dinner Mon-Sat / Breakfast Sunday mornings from 8.30am
88 Wynyard Street, Tumut
(02) 6947 1129
Batlow & Tumbarumba
Nest Cinema Cafe
Nest is a licensed cafe, boutique armchair cinema and beautiful bookstore, all in one cosy space in the mountains. Nest loves using local produce from their wonderful surrounds and creating food for the seasons. Drop in for their house made sweets and treats, T2 tea, coffee or book in for an antipasto plate, glass of local wine and a movie. Maybe you’re more into sinking into the couch by the fire with hot chocolate and a good read? That’s okay too.
Open Friday and Saturday nights for gourmet pizzas and blackboard specials – you can even dine while watching a movie!
Mon-Wed 8am-4pm / Thu 8am-6pm / Fri & Sat 8am-10pmish
56 Winton Street, Tumbarumba
(02) 6948 2950
Courabyra Wines pride themselves on the ability to enrich your meal choices with their collection of aromatic wines. The menu represents casual dining, with nature dictating their seasonal choices. There is also children’s play equipment.
Open 7 days 11am-4pm
805 Courabyra Road, Tumbarumba
(02) 6948 2462
Coffee and More
Breakfast,, coffee, divine homemade cakes and light lunches. Indoors or in the garden.
Open every day 9am-4pm
33 Pioneer Street, Batlow
(02) 6949 2458
Driving to & from Sydney (Jugiong)
The Long Track Pantry
The Long Track Pantry is a country food store and cafe in the riverside village of Jugiong. Jam, dressings and chutneys all handmade in store from seasonal produce.
Open Mon & Wed-Sun (closed Tuesday) 8am-4pm
One minute off the Hume Highway, Riverside Drive, Jugiong
(02) 6945 4144
The Sir George
Located in the riverside village of Jugiong, the Sir George offers a unique eat, drink, bake experience in the Australian bush. Built in 1852, the historic venue has been restored to create a warm and relaxed space where old meets new……with a restaurant, boutique bar, children’s play equipment and artisan bakery.
Open Wed-Sun for lunch and dinner
One minute off the Hume Highway, Riverside Drive, Jugiong
0419 098 828