Dog-Friendly Tumut: Visiting Tumut with a Dog

A charming town situated in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in southern NSW, Tumut is well-known as an outdoor activity destination, particularly for its fly-fishing. But what is it like to visit Tumut with a dog? Find out what you can get up to with your dog at your side, plus tips on where to stay and dine out.

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Dog-Friendly Tumut

Dog-Friendly Sightseeing Around Tumut

Top of the list for dog-friendly sightseeing in and around Tumut is exploring the picturesque local region on foot, alongside its rich history. Don’t also miss sampling the local produce, especially the local apples, beer and wine.

1. Stroll Along the Tumut River

Tumut is situated right on the banks of the Tumut River. A stroll alongside the river and through the Rotary Pioneer Park, underneath the many shady trees, makes for a pleasant excursion any time of year. 

Chainsaw Horse Sculpture Tumut
The chainsaw sculpture of a horse near the start of the walk

The River Walk in Tumut starts from the far end of Elm Drive, near the Tumut Turf Club and a chainsaw sculpture of a horse. It then passes through the Rotary Pioneer Park and the off-leash Bila Park, continuing onto Wee Jasper Road and the Riverglade Caravan Park. Just under 2km long one way, dogs on a leash are permitted along the walk. Keep an eye out for the trees with botanical nameplates along the path.

Rotary Pioneer Park Tumut
Rotary Pioneer Park in Tumut

Another nearby dog-friendly walk in Tumut is the Riverglade Wetlands Park. With the entrance near the junction of the Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road, there’s 1km of walking tracks meandering through a series of lagoons. Dogs need to be kept on a leash. 

2. Explore Adelong Falls Gold Reserve

Gold was discovered in the local area in 1852 and by 1876 the nearby town of Adelong was the third most productive gold field in all of Australia. These days there’s nothing left behind at the mining site but a handful of ruins, but a visit to the Adelong Falls Gold Reserve is still richly rewarding, partially due to the natural beauty of the spot.

Dog at Adelong Falls Gold Reserve
Don’t miss exploring the Adelong Falls Gold Reserve with your dog

While not a towering waterfall, there’s still quite a cascade passing through the gully of rocks, which was made use of for the gold mining operations. There’s a number of walks on offer at the reserve, some exploring the old mining ruins, including the heritage-listed stone ruins of the Reefer ore crushing mill, while others just take in the spectacular location. 

Additionally, it’s possible to walk to the reserve from the nearby village of Adelong. The 2km long track is partially sealed and partially unsealed. It starts next to the Adelong Alive Museum and follows Adelong Creek. Dogs need to be kept on a leash, although there are not signs stating this at the reserve.

3. Follow the Adelong Heritage Walk

The nearby village of Adelong actually predates the gold mining fields, with the settlement dating to around 1837. Despite this, the village is better preserved, with its charming main street lined with historic buildings, many dating back to the late 19th century.

Adelong Historic Buildings
Historic buildings on the main street of Adelong

A small brochure outlining a Heritage Walk through Adelong, with brief details of the old buildings, is available from local information centres. Alternatively, buy a copy of the more extensive Adelong Booklet from the Adelong Alive Museum or the Tumut Region Visitor Centre for $3.50.

4. Explore the State Forests

There’s multiple state forests in the surrounding area, although sadly many were severely damaged during the 2020 bushfires. Unlike national parks, dogs are allowed in all state forests in NSW, making them a great destination for dog-friendly outings and walks.

One popular local spot to visit is the Pilot Hill Forest Park and Arboretum in the Bago State Forest, about 45 minutes south of Tumut and 20 minutes from Batlow along the unsealed Bago Forest Way. The park contains picnic and BBQ facilities. There’s also two short walking paths through the arboretum.

It’s best to check in advance on the forestry website for whether any sections of the state forests are currently closed. 

5. Taste the Local Produce

The area to the south of Tumut has long been a fruit-producing region. In particular, Batlow is a renown apple-growing centre. There’s a number of seasonal fruit stalls dotted around Batlow, where you can buy fresh fruit in season. 

Perhaps stop by Wilgro Orchard or Mouat’s Farm, both located north of Batlow near the Big Apple. Alternatively, for some cider produced from the local apples, drop by Craft Cider, which is generally open for tastings and sales on the weekends. 

Heading further south, the Tumbarumba Wine Region is a cool climate wine growing region surrounding the town of the same name. While many of the grapes grown here are destined for wineries situated elsewhere in the country, there are some wine producers in the area, some with cellar doors open to the public. It’s best to enquire in advance whether they are open and if dogs are permitted.

Closer back in town, drop by Tumut River Brewing to taste their local beers, with dogs allowed in the outside covered area.

Tasting Paddle at Tumut River Brewing
Local beers at Tumut River Brewing

6. Go Trout Fishing

The Tumut River which flows past the centre of Tumut is renown for its trout fishing. There are a number of accessible points along the river where the public can enjoy fly-fishing. Just double check the signs to see if dogs are permitted and keep your dog on a leash, particularly on privately-owned land.

7. Go for a Scenic Drive Through the Snowy Mountains

Tumut lies in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and there’s a number of fine drives nearby passing through this alpine region. For starters, head south of town along the Snowy Mountains Highway. It’s a 90 minute drive to Adaminaby and the nearby Lake Eucumbene. 

Note that much of this highway passes through the Kosciuszko National Park. Dogs are not allowed in the national park, but are fine when kept in vehicles on through roads, such as this one. Make sure you avoid any unnecessary stops in the national park sections of the road. Note that Yarrangobilly Caves and Thermal Pool are located within the park and aren’t dog-friendly.

An alternative option is to turn off at Khancoban and head south to Cabramurra. Once one of the highest towns in Australia, Cabramurra is also located within the national park. However, it’s possible to continue on to the small town of Khancoban, lying just south of the national park. It’s nearly a 2 1/2 hour drive to Khancoban along this route, but it’s possible to return to Tumut via the shorter 1 3/4 hr drive back through Tumbarumba and Batlow. 

Dog-Friendly Parks in Tumut

Tumut is home to one off-leash dog park, at Bila Park, just near the town centre on the banks of the Tumut River. Additionally, as of 2021, Bi-Centennial Park in Tumbarumba has also been designated as an off-leash park. 

At the time, there was also a proposal for Golden Gully Park in Adelong and Reedy Creek Park in Batlow to be designated as off-leash dog parks. But these weren’t supported by the community and consultations are on-going.

Dog-Friendly Cafes in Tumut

A great spot to head on the edge of town is the Tumut River Brewing, just across the road from the Visitors Centre. Open daily, dogs are allowed in the outside covered area, which is warmed by heaters during the cooler months. 

Outdoor Tables at Tumut River Brewing
Dogs are allowed at the outdoor tables at Tumut River Brewing

As well an extensive range of their own beers (plus local wines and spirits), the brewery also specialises in pizza, including one with local Snowy Mountains smoked trout. Also on the menu are burgers, sides and even breakfast on weekends.

Another great dog-friendly option around Tumut is the Riverside Cafe, near the Racecourse. A beautiful grassy location, there’s plenty of outdoor tables. Enjoy just a coffee, or order a brekkie wrap or lunch (although be warned service can be slow). The cafe is open from Thursday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch. 

At other cafes and hotels in the region, dogs are generally permitted in outdoor areas. 

Dog-Friendly Accommodation in Tumut

A highly recommend dog-friendly holiday option around Tumut is Elm Cottage. A 15 minute drive out of town, the five luxury self-contained cottages are set in a picturesque location near the Goobarragandra River. Each of the cottages are pet-friendly, including inside, with no additional pet fee and dog bowls, treats and poop bags provided.

If you’d prefer to camp, the Riverglade Caravan Park is situated right on the edge of town, next to a wonderful stretch of the Tumut River and walking distance from the brewery. Pets are permitted on the powered and unpowered sites outside of peak season (i.e. the Christmas holidays, Easter and October long weekend). It’s superbly located for both the River Walk and Riverglade Wetlands Walk.

If you don’t require many facilities, a good nearby location is the Adelong Showground. With just toilets, water and a dump point onsite, no tents are permitted, but caravans and campervans are allowed. Beautifully maintained and free of charge, in return support the local businesses. 

Campervan at Adelong Showground
A chilly winter’s morning at Adelong Showground

Another basic camping spot near Tumut is Jones Bridge, a short drive south of town with options on both sides of the river, accessed by the W and E Blowering Roads. With no toilet facilities, fully self-contained vehicles are permitted to stay for up to 48 hours, with donations welcome.

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