West of the Mountains, east of the Outback, and a country mile from stress, our region has so much to see and do, and our Kestrel Nest EcoHut is a gateway to it!

With pretty rolling countryside, tumbling waterfalls and gold mining heritage, the region is steeped in natural beauty and history. We have bush and bike trails and local produce, including apple and berry orchards, nut and olive groves and Trufferies! There are also beer, cider, and winemakers, as well as vineyards with views! Cafes and restaurants, cellar doors with tastings. Here are a few things we like to do in the region. Use these suggestions to build your own day trips!

Sculpture Trail and Wellness Trail

A great way to see the region is to hop onto one of the Snowy Valley’s trails! There is a Sculpture Trail and Wellness Trail. Both of these trails were developed following the Black Summer Fires as a way to help the region recover.

Wine Tastings

The Gundagai and Tubarumba wine regions are at your doorstep. Visit these vineyards for wine tastings. Some locations will require you to book ahead. Try Tumblong Hills – the closest vineyard to Kestrel Nest. You can also book lunch with your tasting.

Heading towards Wagga Wagga?
Then try Borambola Wines. Fancy cool climate wines and supporting Black Summer affected winemakers? Then, head for the hills to Courabyra, Johansen and Obsession Wines.


Adelong Falls and Gold Mining Heritage is a beautiful place of rolling boulders and gurgling stream – a great place to visit on a hot day. Café Ahbo is in the Gold Reef in the main street for your coffee and light lunch needs. Madame Curios is a haven for antique hunters.


Pick up locally-grown and made items from our regional cooperative Local at Learmonts. It’s inside one of the most beautiful old shop-fronts in the region – worth a visit in itself. You will even find our lamb in store. Tumut River Brewing Company is our local craft beer brewer. Tumut Wetlands is a great place to stroll and look for some of the region’s water birds. Cafes include Whisk and Dish just off the main street with easy parking and the Coffee Pedlar in the main street. And for the best cakes in the known universe, visit Two Tarts. The Five Ways Art Gallery showcases some of the region’s talented artists.


The Apple Thief Cider House and Mouat’s Orchards both have roadside shops where you can purchase cider, apples, stone fruit, berries, apple pies, vinegar, preserves and other local produce


If you like cider made from English and French heritage cider apples, visiting Crafty Cider is the thing. SMART Animal Sanctuary is also on site. Yep, there is a camel!


Nest Cafe and Cinema is the spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the menu features local produce. See what movies they are showing!  Fancy some locally crafted gin? Try Ladbroken’s Gin joint. If spirits are more your style, try Ladbroken’s Gin joint. Paddy’s River Falls is a great spot to cool off and not too far from town.

Scenic drives

Plan your itinerary and ask us for the secret routes only locals know! For more information, be sure to check out www.visitsnowyvalleys.au.

Venturing further?

Take a drive up to the hills into Kosciuszko National Park. Visit Kiandra, Long Plain and Yarrangobilly Caves with their amazing caves and soothing thermal pool. Or go on a day walk along the Hume and Hovell Trail.

On your bike?

Get onto the Rosewood to Tumbarumba Rail Trail 21km of trail through a very scenic part of the region.

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