Tumbarumba is nearly that town that is at the end of the road. The town is isolated, but is the direct route from the Snowy Region to Corryong in Victoria. Tumbarumba is also that typical NSW town that has the majority of essential services. Being a little isolated has ensured a high degree of solvency with the local businesses.
The name Tumbarumba may be derived from Wiradjuri dhamba dhamba, meaning "very soft" or alternatively from the Aboriginal words for "hollow sounding ground", "thunder", "sound" or "place of big trees".
The name Tumbarumba may be derived from Wiradjuri dhamba dhamba, meaning "very soft" or alternatively from the Aboriginal words for "hollow The community was established in the late 1850s after gold was discovered in the district. The Post Office opened on 1 August 1860 but was spelt Tumberumba until 1915.
Gold mining petered out in the 1930s, and the region's economy now depends on agriculture and tourism. The timber industry and limited tourism dominate the town’s economy.