Tumut River and Wetlands walk

Gocup Rd, Tumut NSW

Tumut River and Wetlands walk

Gocup Rd, Tumut NSW

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1 h
3.86 km
Very Easy

A wonderful, easy walk around the wetlands that border the Tumut River and comprises a series of lagoons with some massive River Red Gum and an abundance of birdlife.

Tumut River and Wetlands walk

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A wonderful, easy walk around the wetlands that border the Tumut River and comprises a series of lagoons with some massive River Red Gum and an abundance of birdlife.

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The walk provides the opportunity to explore wetland habitats, amazing birdwatching, and to learn about the cultural history of the local area. The wetlands area is approximately 20 hectares and provide a variety of habitats for over 70 different bird species and are a must see for bird watching.

The Tumut wetlands is an area which is important for its environmental, natural and cultural values. Today and in the past, wetlands have been used by human communities for religious, spiritual and historic reasons. Tumut is located on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri, Wolgalu and Ngunnawal Aboriginal peoples.

The well-formed, compacted gravel path around the perimeter is suitable for prams and possibly some wheelchair users who are comfortable on uneven slightly uneven tracks with occasional rocks and stones in the path. However, it may not be suitable after rains (we were there after an extended dry period).

There are several access points to the walk so you can make it as long or as short as you like. The walk connects to the Tumut River Walk if you want to continue on further.

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Points of Interest

1. The path

The path is well-made and some of the grass was temporarily fenced off when we were there as part of a regeneration project.

2. Seat

A seats looking down onto a little lagoon that attracts many birds.

3. Tom Scott Bridge

The bridge was named in honour of Tom Scott in 2006 in recognition of his work on the Riverglade Wetlands Rehabilitation Project.

4. Red Gums and She Oaks

The seedless cones of River She Oaks (Casuarina) were used by Aboriginal people for making jewellery while the trunk was used for tool and weapon making

5. Tumut River

The beautiful, fast-flowing clear water of the Tumut (Doomut) River is a sight to behold.

6. Open space

There is a bit of open space next to the path across from the river.

7. Seat

One of the seats next to the path where you can sit a watch the river flow by in the morning sun.

8. Across to the wetlands

You an see the wetlands from the path that follows along the Tumut River.

9. Bend in the River

Love this gorgeous bend in the river where the water seems to flow more gently.

10. Ken Stubbs bridge

Cross the bridge over the small tributary of the Gilmore Creek that flows into the Tumut River

11. Big tree

Now this is an impressive tree!

12. The gate

Return back to the outer loop through the gate and turn left onto the Old Gundagai Rd (at least we think that is what it's called).

13. Wetlands loop

The path around the inner wetlands loop is a little rougher than the perimeter path and looks like ti might get a bit muddy after rains.

14. Rosellas

Look closely you can see a pair of Rosella's taking flight, we saw quite a few on the walk.

15. River Red Gums

Some of the grand old trees to be found on the walk.

16. Can't resist a stile?

There is a stile (steps over the fence) that you could use to come back to the start rather than return on the path from the wetlands loop (ie near POI #14).


Features

Seating Available Seating Available
Pram friendly Pram friendly
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Nature trail Nature trail