Tumut is a town in New South Wales and is located on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri, Walgalu and Ngunnawal peoples. It is on the banks of the Tumut River and within the Riverina region. The name 'Tumut' has been said to mean 'quiet resting place by the river' in an unknown Aboriginal language.

Tumut is often referred to as the 'gateway to the snowy', or the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The town is located within the Snowy Valleys Council, with council offices located in the Riverina Highlands Building on 76 Capper Street. The former Tumut Shire was administered from offices in Tumut.

Early colonists established many deciduous European trees throughout the area. Local poplar, elm and willow trees create a distinctive display of colour throughout autumn. Tumut celebrates this with the yearly Festival of the Falling Leaf.