Tumut by Canoe | Paddling to Gundagai via the Tumut River
Cutting through the rugged ranges and rolling hills of the Snowy Valleys is the fast flowing Tumut River, it's the scenic route between Tumut and Gundagai. The river passes through and around idyllic rural countryside making for one of the best canoeing trips available. The river's spectacular vistas are matched by the quality of fishing, the Tumut River is one of the finest trout rivers in NSW. So be sure to pack your fly rod if you're thinking of making the journey down the river.
The Tumut River winds itself 100 km from Jones Bridge, beneath Blowering Dam wall and upstream from Tumut, to Gundagai where it meets the Murrumbidgee. It’s an adventure that we just couldn’t pass up. So we set off on our three day journey in two red Wenonah Prospectors (thanks to Paddle and Portage Canoes in the Kangaroo Valley) and a drift boat for company.
We launched from Jones Bridge, beneath Blowering Dam wall, heading downstream 22.5 km to Riverglade Caravan Park where we rested our weary arms for the first night. Nearby is the Tumut River Brewing Co who kindly fed us pizza and kept us hydrated with their award winning craft beer.
On day two we awoke to one of Tumut’s finest late summer days, eager for another superb day of row, fish, eat and repeat. We were spoilt with clear blue skies and crystal clear water as we paddled the 38 km to Brungle Bridge Reserve, our resting place for the second night.
Day three saw us wave goodbye to the Tumut River as we met the Murrumbidgee, leading us the final 18 km into Gundagai. We conclude our three day canoe expedition just past the historic Prince Alfred Bridge and Gundagai Railway Bridge that span the Murrumbidgee River flats at the Gundagai Common. Here you have the option to continue further down the river on the Murrumbidgee Canoe Trail.
Remember, the river is deep, cold, fast and rough, calling for respect. But, with a little guidance, the majestic beauty of the Tumut River can still be experienced, even by those who prefer not to be on the water. It may be chasing after a trout or as simple as lazing about with a book on hand enjoying the cool river breeze. So come find us, see the value in slowing down and explore life at a different pace.
Filmed and edited by Henry Smith