Tour Guide – the Tumbarumba express tour starts now! Are you on board?

Today I’m your Tumbarumba Tour Guide – are you ready  to join the tour?

Maybe you haven’t heard of Tumbarumba before, but I’m about to share some of my favourite photos so you’ll get an idea of why I love living here.

A photo tour of Tumbarumba

Tumbarumba is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne in NSW Australia.  It is a small rural town, home to approximately 2000 people.

What’s in a name?

The first European settlers adopted the Aboriginal name, Tumbarumba, meaning ‘hollow sounding hills’ and preserved it on the first maps of the district, identifying Tumbarumba Mountain well before the existence of a town.  This town nestles between two ranges, an ancient volcanic basalt remnant with its own ‘Sounding Ground’ to the west and to the east the granite rise of Mount Tumbarumba, it too with its very own distinctive echoing ground to be found just below the summit on the northern ridgeline.

Source: Sounding the Ground Nineteenth century journeys to Tumbarumba and the South East by Ron and Catherine Frew


Tumbarumba has been home to my family for over 27 years 30 years now but I’m still not considered a local!  It is nestled under Tumbarumba Hill (or mountain) and I’m fortunate to have this view of it from my front verandah.  On nights with a full moon there is nothing better than watching it appear over the hill and sunrise and sunset are just as magnificent.


When we were told the Mathematician had been posted to Tumbarumba High School as the Head Teacher Mathematics, back in December 1990, I remember ringing my aunt who lived nearby and asking her about the place.  Her answer was quite cryptic and included the phrase, there’s lots of trees there!

I think it was a case of what she wasn’t saying. Yes, we have lots of trees in Tumbarumba – gum trees, pine trees and deciduous trees – it is a photographers’ paradise in Autumn with the leaves changing colours.


We have lots of creeks, a man-made lake and a beautiful waterfall. The mighty Murray River isn’t far away from Tumbarumba – all popular spots for camping, fishing, canoeing and swimming.

Wine anyone?

Our area is well known for its cool climate vineyards producing award winning wine, not to mention gorgeous views of vineyards on our doorstep.  Blueberries are also grown in the area and bring a lot of visitors to town to pick the fruit over summer.


Mt Kosciuszko (Australia’s highest peak) is within sight of our town and the snow capped Main Range is a popular draw-card for visitors throughout the year. Skiing, cycling and hiking are all fun activities. We are quite high with an altitude of 645metres above sea level and we sometimes get snow falls in winter.

What do you love about where you live?

In this week’s photo challenge Krista asks us to share photos:  ‘What do you love about where you live? Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love….

Looking at the photos I’ve selected I think I can safely say it’s all about the natural beauty of the area for me.

As you can see I couldn’t just stop at one photo, there’s just so much to love about where I live and I haven’t even mentioned the lifestyle, the people, the community, the weather, the activities……

I have enjoyed writing this post, sharing some of my favourite photos of where I live and I hope you have enjoyed it too.  Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment, I’d love to hear what you love about where you live too. Small town living isn’t for everyone but I’m happy to say it is for me!

There’s no place like home!


Just a heads up – we have our annual Tumbafest happening shortly and if you’re in the area let me know 🙂

Deb xx

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77 Replies to “Tour Guide – the Tumbarumba express tour starts now! Are you on board?”

  1. Give me trees and a splash of water preferably near an ocean and I am a very happy camper 🙂 Lovely place and one worth a visit or two!

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  2. What a wonderful place, Deb. You’ve captured some great scenery. The thought of fruit picking (and then tasting the wine) during the summer sounds fabulous. I’d probably end up eating a lot of those blueberries, though. Still, they are good for you. On the map, Canberra looks close. How long does it take to get to Canberra from Tumbarumba?

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    1. Thanks Hugh, it’s great to have you visit Tumbarumba. The summer months are fun with so many people from all over the world in town. Haha, We all went through the eating blueberries as we picked them but soon realised it wasn’t too good an idea. We didn’t get paid as much and your tummy can only take so many of them before rebelling. Canberra is just under 3 hours drive away from us. Thanks again, feel free to drop in if you’re ever in the area. 😊

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        1. Yes Canberra is a must see place to visit! My daughter lives there and we visit regularly. It’s got a bit of a boring reputation as it’s the capital of the country and very political but it’s also a lovely place to visit to cycle, shop, walk….

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  3. What a beautiful place to live! Surrounded by nature and trees and water bodies!

    As for me, I live in the busy, crowded city of Delhi. But I love the huge tree outside my house, and watching the many birds that come and sit on its branches through the day.

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    1. The tree outside your house sounds delightful! I enjoyed our visit to Delhi a few years ago but it was very different to where we live!! I’m glad you enjoyed my post and photos. Thanks for visiting 😊


  4. No I’ve never heard of Tumbarumba! But then again, I don’t know very much about Australia at all – too far away for me I’m afraid. And Littlebillabong Road……hahaha cute names! Fabulous photos you have. Plenty of hills and mountains. It reminds me a lot of where I live in the West of Ireland. What I love most about where I live is the mountains. We have a beautiful view of Mount Nephin and today it’s topped with snow. We’re only a few minutes drive from a wonderful beach too.

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    1. That sounds lovely Gloria! To have a snow topped mountain and a beach nearby would be bliss! We’re quite dry here at the moment sue to it being high summer! I’m so glad you dropped by for a visit 🙂


    1. Yes Leanne, that’s a very common saying and my youngest daughter always got a great reaction when she said it at age 3!! I wrote a post about it years ago, in fact. So glad you have a connection 😊


  5. Oh I loved reading this. I’m working on some family history right now & my family first moved into the area sometime in the 1870s – and are still in Tumba. My Dad was born there, as was his father. Two of his brothers still live in town – as does my cousin who’s a hairdresser in town. I haven’t been back since Grandma’s funeral, but have plans to do so. Your pics are fab.

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  6. Wow, Debbie, your town with its charming name has absolutely everything…you can’t go wrong when there is a wine country nearby! I really enjoyed this tour and with all your affection for this place, I can’t believe you aren’t considered a local! Stunning images of a jaw-dropping locale!

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  7. What a beautiful place to call home, Deb. My cousin lives in Queanbeyan so I’m not sure how far away from you that is. I love the name Tumbarumba! I was born in Sydney so am biased about the beautiful harbour. My home for the last 30 years has been Brisbane and I’ve grown to love the River City as it has matured. It still has the relaxed feel but is becoming more sophisticated. I’m fortunate to live very close to the river and Kangaroo Point cliffs so enjoy my running around the river and through the Botanic Gardens each week. Beautiful photos as usual and I’m going to visit one day so I’ll let you know and you can put the kettle on. x

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    1. Hi Sue, Queanbeyan is about 3 hours drive away from us so if you’re ever visiting your cousin you’ll have to continue on down to visit Tumbarumba! I love visiting Brisbane too and can see how it would grow on you. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour of Tumbarumba, it really has a lot to offer and we love living here. xx


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