Wybaleena showcases the four seasons at their best and is well located to take advantage of the numerous local events and attractions. With the calendar crammed with options here's a few of the highlights by season and some of the best local attractions:
A season of bounty with apples, cherries and peaches, straight off the tree at your doorstep. The vegetable patch and herb garden are at their peak with seasonal produce you can pick fresh for summer salads to have with a local bottle of wine from Tumbarumba under the shade of a tree. Have a round of tennis or bask by the pool on a warm day.
Enjoy watersports including fishing or kayaking on the mighty Murray, Murrumbidgee and Tumut rivers or try sailing and waterskiing on one of several water catchments such as Blowering or Talbingo Dam.
Or try berry picking in the garden or a farm nearby - blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, loganberries and some wild blackberries from the forest - all in abundance.
Tumbafest - a celebration of music, wine and food, is held in Tumbarumba every year in the last weekend of February: http://www.tumbafest.com.au/
Early summer sees the Dogwood in flower along with the roses, hydrangeas and carpets of violets.
The region has a month of activities, events and exhibitions, culminating in the festival weekend at the end of April. Tumut's Festival of the Falling Leaf celebrates the changing of the seasons and the glorious colours of the fall. http://www.fallingleaffestival.org/
Adelong Antiques Fair takes place on the same weekend as the Festival of the Falling Leaf.
Batlow hosts the Cider Fest - the 3rd Saturday in May annually.
Grab a pail and walk the fields to collect apples, pears and walnuts or some chestnuts for roasting over the hot coals.
The Liquidambar, Ash, Elm and Oak trees are a delight to behold with a kaleidoscope of orange, crimson and red from March through to May.
Winter brings frosts and the occasional snowfall. No better time to enjoy an open fire, a hearty meal and a good book. For the more adventurous, Kosciuszko National Park offers alpine sports with Selwyn snowfields, Kiandra and Cabramurra an hours drive away.
Mt Selwyn snowfields http://www.selwynsnow.com.au/
July and August sees the many camelias and wattle in bloom.
Spring at Wybaleena is simply sublime. The garden comes alive with the stunning bloom of thousand of daffodils, jonquils and snow drops; the orchards put on a breathtaking display of apple and cherry blossom; the magnolias erupt in snow white blooms; jasmine fills the air with perfume.
Batlow celebrates spring with the Apple Blossom Festival - the 3rd weekend in October annually: http://www.visitbatlow.com.au/batlow-apple-blossom-festival.aspx
Kosciuszko National Park – breathtaking beauty and alpine sports.
The Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme – fascinating engineering on a huge scale.
Tumbarumba, Tumut and Adelong townships – history and country style.
Snowy Valleys Way – an iconic Australian scenic drive.