As food and wine evolves so has the Snowy Mountains witnessed many changes over recent years to tempt the palate, from cool climate wines, to a Schnapps distillery www.wildbrumby.com.au outside Jindabyne to the award winning Tumut River brewing Company, www.trbc.com.au
The Tumut region highlights the high country traditional hearty meals available in most pubs and for those who chase the Asian flavours the region has a couple of Chinese restaurants with Tumut the backdrop to Thai, Japanese and Indian cuisines.
Within an hour and a half one can travel though some of regional Australia’s heartland, the Riverina, and visit the Junee Licorice and Chocolate factory and have the full the “Willy Wonka experience. Visit www.greengroveorganics.com.au for all the organic produce and then travel onto the Coolamon Cheese factory, www.coolamoncheese.com.au before returning to Elm Cottage to savour and enjoy your fare.
For the more adventurous you can travel throughout the region foraging for cool climate wines, blueberries, truffles(when in season) and the famous fruits from the Batlow district.
The region offers the best of both worlds with restaurants or for those with a fancy for creating your own feast there is the local produce to forage and return to Elm Cottage to either prepare in your cottage or enjoy with family or loved ones at the river’s edge which bring us to the Snowy mountains famous trout. Yes cast a line in the Goobarragandra and then smoke your catch in the campfire, what better way to finish your day of adventure with a great meal while enjoying our magnificent sunsets.
Take the Hume Highway south, through Goulburn, Yass and toward Gundagai. When arriving at Gundagai bypass the first two exits cross the bridge and take the South Gundagai/Tumut exit with the Shell Service Station. Travel time approx 41/2 to 5 hours.
Take the Hume Highway north to Albury approx. 3 1/2 hours. Travel through Albury and continue along the Hume Highway through to Holbrook and Tarcutta, then take the Adelong & Tumut turn off approx 20kms north of Tarcutta. For the discerning traveller try the Snowy Valleys Way. Travel time approx 5-5 1/2 hours.
Travel the Barton Highway to Yass. On reaching the outskirts of Yass take the by-pass to Gundagai which joins up with the Hume Highway. Travel time approx 2- 21/2 hours.
On reaching Tumut continue along the Snowy Mountains highway towards Cooma, passing the City Centre of Tumut and the sports ground. Take a left hand turn into Tumut Plains Road (just after 5 Ways Studio) and after crossing a one lane heritage bridge, then another small bridge, take the next left into Little River Road. Travel 7.2 km's to the river. Take a right at the gate and travel along the dirt road, until you see the road veer to the left with Elm Cottage signs.