Tumut, NSW 2720

1.9(10 reviews)

Ranked 4th best suburb by locals in Murrumbidgee Region, NSW

Great for

  • Cost of living
  • Clean & green
  • Lack of traffic
  • Parking
  • Pest-free

Not great for

  • Public transport
  • Nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals

Reviews of Tumut, NSW

1st October 2021

"Very clicky town"

As someone that has lived here all my life , it really doesn’t have a lot to offer besides beauty ,if you’re a football player or fanatic you will fit right in ,pretty much the whole town culture is based around football , there’s not a lot of job opportunities nor anything for the younger ones to do in town . The council is a disgrace at one stage the mayor was being looked into for a incident with a disabled teen girl , the current deputy mayor is a ambulance officer who has just been stood down for refusing to get the covid vaccine currently taking legal action against the same government he represents .
The facilities are lacking and often vandalised probably due to boredom from the local youth . Minor crimes like car break in and burned out cars are regular , but I do find the town quite safe just a toxic culture .
The parks are surrounds are beautiful very pretty . After living here almost my whole life we have decided there is nothing here for our children and will soon be relocating for better opportunities.

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17th September 2021

"Not a nice culture"

I have lived here here 3 months and other reviews are very true if you were not born here you will be treated differently. I have had a very unpleasant experience with the people here. If you are considering moving here forget your career, any professional qualifications and experience you have will not be considered at all unless you are a relative. Do not expect to make friends easily. If I had known it would be this unfriendly I would have not came here with my family :(

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9th June 2021

"Don’t waste your time with that place!"

I wish I had of read the reviews on this town before moving there. On the outside it seems like a great little town, nice places to see and beautiful places to walk but it’s just as the other reviews have stated, unless you were born here, have generations of relatives you won’t and can’t get anywhere. No one will hire you unless they know your grandparents grandparents pretty much and if you are lucky enough to get an interview the first thing they ask is do you have relatives here.
I wouldn’t waste your time there’s a reason it’s out of the way and not really near anywhere.

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2nd March 2021

"‘Not a local’"

jvd and Judith summed it up nicely in their reviews. You are not a local and will not be accepted as such unless you have at least a great great grandparent who was born here and further generations haven’t left the area.
It’s not a good place to raise kids unless, as above, you’re a local.
You might fit in if you are young and have similar interests to the locals, which doesn’t go much further than hunting, camping, and horses.
Walk into a local pub for a meal and you’ll be stared and like you’re out of place.
Only a small percentage of people leave reviews, and if at least 3 people here are saying exactly the same thing, imagine how many people feel exactly the same way and haven’t left a review.
I’d give 0 if it were possible.

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"Treechangers can do much better."

Tumut is a deceptive town. You'll first notice how pretty it is. It's one of those places that actually has 4 distinct seasons, 45 in Summer, sub zero in Winter. Everybody smiles and says Hi, but as you've read elsewhere, that is as far as it goes. Unless your Grandparents are in the local cemetery you will never, ever be a local. This will pass on to your children even if they were born here. Your kids, by the way, will have very limited options for education,enjoyment and company. There is a stark divide across the town between the haves and the have nots, due in large part to the heavy industry that the town welcomed in some years ago. This same heavy industry casts a stinky, chemical soup over the town in stark contrast to the pretty rural landscape. Yes, Tumut really does stink. It's little wonder that asthma diagnoses in Tumut are skyrocketing, particularly among the over 40's. We have chosen not to raise our children in this hellish backwater, and cannot wait to be gone.

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Christine Bundy
Christine Bundy

I've been drawn back to this site jvd after writing a comment years ago & gorgeous Lisa replying recently. As a result I've been given the opportunity to read more comments about Tumut. Everything you say is true about Tumut. The stench coming from the paper & timber mills was toxic. 3 years was far too long for me & I still reflect back on that time with sadness and anxiety. The day I left...when I reached the 80 km sign on the road to Gundagai the relief was intense. That was 4 years ago now and I refuse to return. My neighbours at the time left Tumut not long after as they did not want their young children being schooled in Tumut.

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Rentals in Tumut

"A beautiful town ruined by small town mentality."

We absolutely loved our time living in Tumut from a scenary perspective. The river walk is beautiful and the surrounding region is just spectacular.

We loved many things about the physicality of the town and we were truly sad to leave from that perspective. Employment is hard to come by unless you have connections and the locals are friendly enough if your passing through but like to keep you at arms length if you move to town and expect to work.

I had secured a job as a qualified professional before moving to the town and we didn’t end up staying more than a year. We have a young child and thought that would help us along in making friends but nothing sincere or genuine eventuated. I think the exception could be if you started a business and employed the locals, there would be a trade off there but even then I really think it would be very surface level.

We did our best to fit in and despite these efforts, came to realise that unless you have some claim to the area from a genealogy perspective, your very much an annoying outsider driving up their property prices and stealing jobs from the locals and their next gen.

Not everyone was like this but enough were so we made the decision that we didn’t intend on spending our lives been made to feel like we didn’t belong as no amount of effort would help. Certain family names carry allot of clout in the town, when they honestly shouldn’t.

We couldn’t speak highly enough of the Beauty of the region and will pass through to Selwyn like everyone else during ski season and leave the small town politics, egos and hurtful gossip in our rearview mirror.

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"One of the best towns that I have lived in & hoping to move back there soon!"

We loved living in Tumut & was sad to leave. My kids loved the school that they were attending & my young son enjoyed his time at the daycare centre. I found the people very friendly & approachable, especially the school teachers. My eldest son has a disability which was well catered for, both educationally & medically. I spent time in the local hospital & found the staff very accommodating. In regards to retail, I found that there was quite a suffient amount of variety. I used to make the trip to Wagga (about an hour away) once a fortnight or so if I wanted anything in particular that couldn't be found locally or I wanted to shop at the major stores like Big W, Kmart etc.
The Golf Club, The Bowlo & The Woolpack Pub have really nice food & a great atmosphere if you want to dine out. Recreaction wise, the kids loved going camping, fishing & boating on Blowering Dam & in winter we would shoot down to Selwyn for a day in the snow. My kids & hubby were also involved in local sport, yes, even my son with a disability.
All in all, I think Tumut is a friendly, beautiful country town that is very livable, for those who compare it to the 'big city' with it's lack of nightlife, well.....what do you expect from a country town?! If you miss the nightlife, then it's probably not the place for you.

Great for

  • Cheap cost of living
  • Very pretty
  • Neighbourly spirit

Not great for

  • Jobs hard to get

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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"A small town named Tumut"

Tumut is a town where the local government has neglected to provide infrastructure that supports career opportunities for women. Apart from Woolworths, Coles, small retail and the nursing home, there is very little here for women who do not wish to simply raise children. As a consequence there is an abundance of young single mothers !
The young adults of the town also have few recreational activities available and as a consequence cause trouble by getting drunk and roaming the streets, breaking into cars, smashing windows etc. The local police station closes every night at 1am so it can be quite scary.
The locals are not overly friendly to newcomers and making friends is hard if you are not a Tumut native.
Pig hunting is the sport of choice for young men, a recreation that is as brutal for the dogs they take on the hunts as it is for the pigs they butcher.
There is no permanent doctor on staff at the hospital as they get called in from the local medical centre. This has the effect of lowering mortality because you have to wait for the doctor to arrive. Make sure your heart is in good coronary health if considering moving here!
If you come from a big city like I do you will miss the nightlife (there is one pub open til 2am and there are many fights there), you will miss the dining options (pub grub is as good as it gets in Tumut) and you will miss the clothing shopping options (one small Target Country). The biggest shop is a Go-Lo which says a lot about the dominant socio-economic class in town.
There is no public transport and the public schools have lower levels of literacy than the state average. I regularly meet teenagers who can't read...
It is possible to live comfortably in Tumut, but at price.

Great for

  • Cheap cost of living
  • Very pretty

Not great for

  • Jobs hard to get
  • Minimal eating out
  • No public transport
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Myka

Perhaps if you spent a little more time in Tumut you might actually appreciate what it has to offer. Tumut is a small country town so please don't move here with the expectation that there will be the night life and shopping opportunites that the city has.
Saying that the biggest shop in town is Go-Lo clearly shows that you didn't venture to far.
As for the Public Schools literacy levels i think you will find that the NAPLAN results are above or substantially above the state average.
Tumut really does have a lot to offer when you look outside your own little bubble. Please don't move to Tumut from the city and expect to have the same lifestyle that the city has otherwise you may be as bitterly disappointed as the person that wrote this review. There are a lot more positive points to Tumut than the negitives that have been focussed on in this review.

ChickaD

In regards to the Police Station this info is also incorrect

JohnW11

The original poster does have a point that has merit ,if your not a local it is very hard to make friends here anyone not born here is an outsider very small view from small minded people

chrisc22

so myka where have you lived? Is there a bit of a residency bubble in your back ground? Nothing to compare Tumut to I would suspect!

sillay billay
sillay billay

negatives not "negitives" and focused not "focussed" Sheeesh!

Anon Ymous
Anon Ymous

You all dont seem to understand that this is a review of a town. It is meant for people who do not live in the town. The people who come to read these reviews are mostly going to be city people looking for a tree change. The review accurately describes what will be different and what people might miss from their city living if they moved here. You should probably concern yourselves more with the way you portray yourselves and try to earn some good reviews, rather than arguing with the accurate ones.

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"Breath of fresh air"

Moving here from Western Sydney was seemless and the people are so easy to get along with. Rental values are very good and there is a good availability of resources in town (such as banks, supermarkets etc).

Great for

  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Cheap cost of living
  • Very pretty

Not great for

  • Jobs hard to get
  • No public transport
  • Minimal eating out

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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"Nice country town"

Tumut is a larger town in the snowy mountains area of New South Wales. It looks like there is much more industry in the area and subsequent employment so it has a lot more facilities and supermarkets than the little country towns nearby. It is a great idea, if driving past to stop over for groceries here instead of elsewhere since it is much cheaper in the larger town. There are all the little nearby farms and wineries to visit whilst approaching Tumut so the drive itself towards Tumbarumba is very nice. We stopped by the Tumut Valley Violets Farm during October and it was just great sitting there for morning tea and soaking in the spring flowers.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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ew0403

Driving through Tumut and living here are two very different things.

chrisc22

yep...you're very right!! Oh and the violet farm is owned by a couple from Melbourne. I call Tumut the Termite Town...the credibility of new comers is constantly undermined by groundless gossip/assumption and narrow mindedness. I've lived in cities in Victoria/Qld/NSW and country towns in NSW/Vic and overseas and none compare to backwardness of Tumut and the down right vindictiveness of some of the locals. P.S. I doubt that the aforementioned couple will stay for that very reason!

Lisa Hartley
Lisa Hartley

Very true Chrisc22 what my family are experiencing here from both adults and the so called friend my daughters have made there are alot of bullies, seem to want to reel you in just to collect info about you to enable them to start gossip and malicious rumours

Christine Bundy
Christine Bundy

Lisa again I read with sadness that your family have been treated in this way while living in Tumut. I particularly feel sad about your daughters. Most of the teachers at both the primary and high schools are born and breads. They've grown up in Tumut, took themselves off to CSU in Wagga to study teaching, have lived nowhere else, found their way conveniently back to infest the Tumut education system having not worked at any other schools or had any other experience and bought their narrow mindedness with them. Sadly they are the idiots teaching the kids. Now Lisa if you really want to make friends in Tumut mention my name...Chris Bundy...I'll guarantee you'll get a nasty reception. And if you want a real laugh see if you can track down some of the letters I wrote to the local paper. All the best Lisa. I'd be your friend if I was still there and if your daughters are at high school my son would be their friend.

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