Tumbarumba is a beautiful town located on the western side of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, approximately half way between Sydney and Melbourne.
Tumbarumba has a rich heritage in gold mining, timber, agriculture and viticulture. The reputation of the established cool climate wines continues to gain momentum, expanding the local wine producing industry. The history of goldmining, timber and cattle, and the cleverly engineered Snowy Mountains Scheme has created an intriguing heritage.
By the 1850s the town of Tumbarumba had been established and gold discoveries led to an influx of population. This made Tumbarumba a town of considerable importance in the mid 1860s. Many people stayed to select land which was available and suitable for agriculture. Gold mining assisted the beginning of the timber industry.
"By the 1850s the town of Tumbarumba had been established and gold discoveries led to an influx of population."
As the gold became more difficult to obtain it was necessary to use fluming to bring water for sluicing. Timber was also used for pit props in the deep-lead tunnels that developed around the turn of the century. The forestry and timber processing industries are key employers with the Hynes Softwood Mill at Tumbarumba being the largest in the southern hemisphere.
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Images courtesy of Destination NSW.
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