Tumut is, from a visitor perspective a wealthy town. This place does have a lot going for it. All of the essential services, fierce retail competition and a great town/pride environment. Tumut is also an historic timber town that was its beginning; the Snowy Mountain Developments gave the town a reboot in the early fifties. The nearby Blowering Dam ensures a strong tourist interest.
Tumut is at the foothills of the Snowy Mountainsand is referred to as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Tumut Shire Council is administered from offices located in Tumut.
Tumut is approximately 410 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of Sydney and 525 kilometres (330 mi) north-east of Melbourne.
Tumut was one of the ten areas short-listed in 1908 as a site for the Australian Capital Territory.