Tumut or is a town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, situated on the banks of the Tumut River. The name 'Tumut' is derived from an Indigenous name for the area (possibly Wiradjuri) (possibly 'doo-maaht'(?)) a word thought to mean "a quiet resting place by the river".
Prior to European settlement, Tumut and surrounding areas were part of the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri, Ngarigo and Ngunnawal aboriginal peoples. The area's rivers may have been the boundaries or connection-points of these three language groups. During summertime, the high country was a meeting place for tribes, with Bogong moths being an abundant food source in the warmer months. The Traditional Owners are now active in every part of modern Tumut society, making the transition from dispossession and reserve/mission living, to take leading roles in politics, industry, sport and society–while retaining strong connections to country and much traditional knowledge.
Tumut sits on the north-west foothills of the Snowy Mountains and is referred to as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The former Tumut Shire was administered from offices located in the town. Tumut is approximately south-west of Sydney and north-east of Melbourne.
Tumut is home to a number of historic buildings, including an Anglican church designed by Edmund Blacket and a Courthouse designed by James Barnet. Many of the pubs in the town have been in use from the mid to late 1800s.
Early settlers established a large number of European deciduous trees throughout the area. The stand of Poplars, Elm and Willow, amongst others, create a well renowned display of colour over autumn. Tumut celebrates this with the yearly Festival of the Falling Leaf.
Tumut may refer to several topics:
Tumut, a town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia
- Tumut Airport, the airport within the town of Tumut
Tumut River, a river that flows through the district surrounding Tumut
Tumut Hydroelectric Power Station, a series of three hydroelectric power stations on the Tumut River, that are part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme
- Tumut 1
- Tumut 2
- Tumut 3
- Tumut Pond Dam and Tumut Two Dam, two reservoirs that impound the Tumut River for the purpose of assisting the generation of hydroelectricity
- Tumut Hydroelectric Power Station, a series of three hydroelectric power stations on the Tumut River, that are part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme
- Tumut Shire, a former local government authority of the area
- Tumut and Kunama railway lines, a disused railway line of the area