Friday, 03 July 2020 Sydney

Visit, Live & Invest in Tumbarumba Shire::

The Tumbarumba Shire has a wealth of history and heritage, is abundant in natural beauty, and is a wonderful place to live and visit.

Tumbarumba Shire is located on the south western slopes of the Snowy Mountains, 504km south west of Sydney and 701 metres above sea level.

Rich grazing land, horticultural activities, native bushland and views of the magnificent Snowy Mountains including Mt Kosciuszko surround the Shire of Tumbarumba which includes the towns of Khancoban and Tumbarumba and the villages of Rosewood, Jingellic, Tooma, and Laurel Hill.

Tumbarumba Shire has a rich heritage including gold, timber, agriculture, and the Snowy Mountains Scheme and is becoming increasingly known for its "cool climate" wines.

The Shire has a strong community sentiment, everyday facilities and services, and thriving industries.


Commerce and Industry

Commerce and Industry


Tumbarumba Shire's employment base is centred on its highly productive agricultural sector, supported by a strong softwood timber industry.  Other major industries include cool climate viticulture, horticulture, retail/service and tourism. The major employers in the area include:

  • Hyne & Son Pty Ltd sawmill
  • Snowy Hydro Limited
  • Tumbarumba Shire Council
  • Mannus Correctional Centre


Seasonal work opportunities are available in the blueberry and wine grape harvest seasons.


Brief Industry Profiles



Agriculture remains the largest employer in Tumbarumba Shire, accounting for around 24% of all employment. The Upper Murray region is generally regarded as some of the best beef cattle grazing country in Australia. The region's high rainfall, fertile soils and high sunshine hours contribute to a strong demand for agricultural land in the area. Beef cattle breeding and grazing is supplemented by sheep grazing in steeper areas, for both wool and lamb production. There are a number of dairy operations located on the fertile river flats of the Murray River and its tributaries.


The Shire has a strong demand for agricultural services, with opportunities for experienced and reliable agricultural contractors. A strong and diverse rural economy promotes local prosperity and contributes to the liveability of our region.




Tumbarumba Shire has outstanding natural attractions such as Kosciuszko National Park, Paddys River Falls, the Murray River, the Hume and Hovell Walking Track, and Khancoban Pondage. For activities the whole family will enjoy, check out Selwyn Skifields, the Boggy Creek Show and Snowy Hydro's visitors centres for hands-on fun.


Glenroy Pioneer Women's Hut Museum and heritage quilt room has a fabulous themed collection of craftworks and artefacts. There is always a local person available to talk to visitors, and this museum is run entirely by community volunteers. In Tumbarumba, Artists on Parade is a non profit, community based gallery and artist workspace run by local artists and volunteers. It features regularly changing gallery space and a unique gift shop.  Wine buffs will enjoy sampling cool climate wines at the cellar doors sprinkled around Tumbarumba.


Recreational vehicles are visiting in increasing numbers in the warmer weather, generally at the free camp sites sprinkled throughout the Shire.  There are also a considerable number of recreational motorcyclists that are drawn to our roads, particularly in the south of the Shire, with its close proximity to the Alpine Way.




Tumbarumba is developing a reputation as one of Australia's premium cool-climate wine growing regions. The crisp climate and high elevation is perfect for producing premium quality sparkling wine, pinot noir and chardonnay. The majority of grapes produced in the region are sold onto the major wine companies, with boutique family run wineries utilising smaller volumes of fruit. A handful of cellar doors are operating in the Tumbarumba area.




Tumbarumba Shire has favourable climatic conditions for cool climate horticulture, including rainfall, temperature, sunshine and humidity. In addition, Tumbarumba Shire has a lower climate change risk compared with other regions, particularly in relation to rainfall reduction expectations.


Tumbarumba's climate is well suited to growing blueberries, which are being produced in increasing number in the Shire. The blueberry harvest season runs from late December to mid March, and export grade fruit must be hand-harvested, resulting in a large number of pickers being required. Seasonal workers (pickers and packers) generally camp or stay at the local Tumbarumba caravan park.


Other horticultural enterprises in the local area include olives, apples, seed potatoes, truffles, vegetables, blueberries and chestnuts.  


Softwood timber


Tumbarumba's climatic conditions make it an ideal environment to grow plantation Pinus Radiata trees. There are about 30,000 hectares of softwood pine plantations growing in the Shire.


Around 10% of the Shire's employees are employed in sawmilling, and a further 3.7% are employed in forestry and logging. The Hyne & Son sawmill is the Shire's largest employer, with approximately 160 employees.


The softwood timber industry plays an important role in diversifying the local economy away from the traditional agricultural base. A strong softwood timber industry has meant that Tumbarumba has experienced higher growth in working age population and more stable growth in household income compared with nearby areas whose economies are more dependent on agriculture alone. Opportunities exist for value added timber enterprises in Tumbarumba.




Tumbarumba has a relatively vibrant retail and commercial sector, due in part to its distance from other towns. Tumbarumba has an active Chamber of Commerce, which welcomes new members.   Businesses, including home based and online businesses are also encouraged to seek support and resources from Tumbarumba Shire's Economic Development Officer.





Housing prices in Tumbarumba Shire are very affordable, when compared to larger cities. Prices can start from as little as $130,000, and the median house price is $183,000.


Snow View Estate Stage 2 Residential subdivision


Tumbarumba Shire Council is pleased to announce the release of 22 premium residential blocks in Stage 2 of Snow View Estate.


Snow View Estate offers a superior product when compared with most other residential blocks for sale in Tumbarumba. All blocks have stunning panoramic views over the Tumbarumba township across rolling hills to the rugged snow capped Snowy Mountains. Blocks are fully serviced with town water and sewage, underground power, sealed roads, kerb and guttering.


Priced from $35,000, Snow View Estate offers the opportunity to experience country style living in a desirable location.


Prospective buyers are asked to contact PRD Nationwide Tumbarumba. Phone (02) 6948 2182 or visit


Tumbarumba Real Estate agents


Regional relocation grants


NSW Metropolitan based families moving to regional NSW may be eligible for a $7,000 Regional Relocaiton grant or a $10,000 Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive grant.  For more details, visit the Office of State Revenue.



Tumbarumba Shire


Nestled in the rolling western foothills of the Snowy Mountains and framed by rugged snow capped mountains, Tumbarumba Shire offers a vibrant country lifestyle whether you are looking to start a business, raise a family or retire.


Tumbarumba Shire is ideally located halfway between Sydney and Melbourne via the Hume Highway, and is just under three hours from Canberra. The regional centre of Wagga Wagga is one hour's drive from the town of Tumbarumba, while Albury is an hour and a half's drive. Selwyn Snowfields are located one hour away - perfect for family ski trips!


The key employer in the region is the timber plantation and processing industry. Other significant employers include agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, tourism, retail, Snowy Hydro Limited and a correctional centre. The Shire is well serviced by quality health, education and community facilities, making it an excellent choice for a country lifestyle in a scenic natural environment.


The Shire's population is around 3,500, of which, around 2,000 people live in the town of Tumbarumba. Khancoban is the next largest town, with a population of 220. The average house price in the Shire is $183,000 - an affordable alternative to urban areas.


Tumbarumba Shire's main attraction is its pristine natural environment. It is surrounded by idyllic mountain peaks; natural bushland; expansive vineyards; lush agricultural pastures; and crystal-clear streams brimming with trout.  Tumbarumba Shire is perfect for people who live an active outdoor lifestyle and enjoy activities such as bush walking, horse riding, skiing, fishing and cycling.


The region enjoys a cool mountain climate with high sunshine hours and brilliant light.  The town of Tumbarumba has an elevation of 645m above sea level while Khancoban has an elevation of 339m. The average annual rainfall is 974mm which falls mostly in winter and spring. The shire has four distinct seasons marked by brilliant summer sunshine; a spectacular display of autumn leaves; winter views of snow capped mountains; and sparkling spring days.


If you would like more specific information, or to arrange a personalised welcome to the Shire, please don't hesitate to contact Council's Economic Development Officer on (02) 6948 9118.


Additional information is also available at Council's Tourism website.