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.
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 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 we’d been posted to Tumbarumba 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.
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!
As Dorothy says – 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 🙂
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