Tumut Shire's Heritage

If you’re heading to Melbourne but want to explore roads less traveled then the 300km journey through the Snowy Valley Way is for you. Explore the breathtaking scenery and small country towns of Adelong, Tumut and Batlow. Each has a wonderful little museum revealing the rich history of goldmining, pioneering and industry in the region. 

All three museums are manned by volunteers and opening hours vary so always confirm before visiting. The museums welcome individuals and groups by appointment so a phone call is always worthwhile if visiting outside of normal opening hours. 

Travel from Goulburn and Yass, south west along the Hume Highway through Gundagai then turn left into Snowy Mountain Highway.

Your first stop is Adelong a place that’s preserved much of its heritage in the main street of the village is and the gold works at Adelong Creek Falls. The local museum, Adelong Alive, displays a model of the gold mining remains including the Reefer Battery and ore crushing mill. The Museum can supply brochures for a self-guided tour of the gold mill ruins.

From here travel south along Wondalga Road, pass through Wondalga Vilage with its timber church and then along Batlow Road, dotted with stalls selling local produce. Batlow is the apple capital of Australia; punctuated by stunning panoramic vistas of apple, cherry and nectarine orchards. So it’s no surprise that much of Batlow Museum concentrates on the impact of apple production on the town especially the drive of visionary Herbert Velvin Smith (OBE) who made Batlow Famous for Apples!

Drive back along the Batlow road but head northeast towards Tumut. The Museum here concentrates on the domestic life of past inhabitants, in particular the famous author and feminist Miles Franklin, best known for her novel My Brilliant Career.

Along with the musuem there are other points of interest: the Visitors Centre in the Old Butter Factory, Tumut Railway Station, and Tumut Pioneer Cemetry with a Chinese burning tower used for Chinese funeral rites. 

You can download the full trail including all historic sites of significance.

Find out more about accommodation, activities and dining at Visit Tumut or Visit NSW. A booklet outlining a heritage walk around Tumut is available from the Tumut Region Visitor Centre.


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