Think outside the box and explore more

Tumut River Brewing Co is one place that is perfect for winding down after a day of exploring or hitting the slopes. Photo: Supplied.

Tumut River Brewing Co is one place that is perfect for winding down after a day of exploring or hitting the slopes. Photo: Supplied.

So many great Aussie destinations are within a handy driving distance, so the question is, where do you want to escape to this winter?

With many of us traveling in what feels like our own backyard these days, we recommend getting in early for anything that needs a booking, but also thinking outside the box a little.

For those who relish in the snow falls that winter brings, it is the perfect opportunity to hit the nearby slopes.

Many of us just drive directly to the slopes, but there's actually quite a bit to do, see and discover about Australia along the way. In fact these potential adventures are worthy of a holiday in their own right.

You will find many quaint little villages all around our favourite ski slopes, one of these being Tumut.

Nestled in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, Tumut is a postcard of country living and the perfect weekend escape situated almost equidistant from Sydney and Melbourne.

Oh, it's also pronounced Chewmut. Probably a good idea to practice before you arrive. Located on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri, Wolgalu and Ngunnawal peoples, visitnsw.com says "the name Tumut is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'quiet resting place by the river'."

Speaking of resting places, a local brewery called Tumut River Brewing Co is one place that is perfect for winding down after a day at the slopes. Settle in, try the pizza, make your way through a paddle or two and drop in for a brew. You'll feel like a local in no time.

This old tyre fitting workshop has been transformed by owner Tim, turning his brewing hobby into a local business.

The former fitting bay is now a 200 seat bar, restaurant, live music and events space. The old tyre racks have been replaced with a 1500 litre brewing system that churns out over 30,000 litres of beer a month. With the business struggling to keep up demand, an imminent move to a larger site is on the cards.

With a focus on unpretentious, flavour packed brews, Tumut River Brewing Co has found the sweet spot nestled between hoppy, full flavoured craft beer and easy drinking sessionals for your Sunday afternoons.

The bar boasts an impressive 24 taps with 18 of those rotating constantly.

It serves the kind of beer that has locals and visitors nodding with that knowing "Hmm, well, you know what, that's not half bad". And in country talk, that's akin to excellence.

Never ones to shy away from innovation, the microbrewery churns out not only exceptional but creative beers. They pack in galaxy hops (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), ginger beer made with local apple juice (Ginja Ninja) and the American inspired Full Grunt APA.

Once a month, Tim and his team produce a limited release brew, either bringing back a favourite such as theBatlow Bitteror something a little more left field such as the We Killed Kenny, Nitro Irish Cream Ale.

The discerning folk of small-town Tumut make sure you're guaranteed the highest quality, refreshing drop in every middy.

Tumut River Brewing Co is open seven days a week and only closes for Christmas Day and the staff Christmas party.

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