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Published November 16th 2017
Explore the third & largest water supply dam in NSW
There is something unique about Avon Dam, being the third and largest of four supply dams built as part of the development of the Upper Nepean Water Supply Scheme, seventy-two metres high, 223 metres in length and consisting a 10.5km lake. But, it is the spectacular well-proportioned structure of its Egyptian-style architectural character, with its tranquil native bushland surroundings, that really make Avon Dam quite unique!
Located approximately 100-kilometres south of Sydney, Avon Dam was constructed between 1921 and 1927 and features a curved dam wall, which was built using cyclopean masonry, which consisted of sandstone blocks and sandstone concrete. Avon Dam also includes a range of ancillary structures to the overall site.
The grounds around Avon Dam are considered aesthetic and social value; with its ornamental ponds, grottoes, and rustic picnic structures, particularly incorporating various Egyptian Revival, and it's scenic landscape, making it perfect to spend a day here exploring, learning and relaxing.
Avon Dam shows a masterpiece of engineering with its rugged terrain and the tranquil lake backdrop. Even though its architectural flourishes may not be as elaborate as its cousin dam, Cordeaux, it certainly is impressive with the massive sandstone masonry.
The lookout of the dam wall can be seen from the top of the picnic area, you can also drive or walk above the concrete spillway to the lower carpark near the dam wall. A walk across the dam offers impressive views of the lake upstream, gorge downstream and the dam wall.
There are no shortages of picturesque views at the Dam
This makes a great day out and perfect escape from the city, with miles of winding scenic roadway, rugged terrain, deep gorges and ridges you have to traverse to get to Avon Dam, all making the trip to the Dam even more impressive.
There are a number of walking paths offering breathtaking views as well as vantage points which offer observations of the dam and tranquillity with the surrounding nature and its rugged country.
There are first-class picnic areas, with the top level offering a large lawn area, four electric barbecues, plenty of picnic tables, sink with hot water, covered areas, and a modern children's playground.
1. Take a photo under one of the massive stone gateways at either end of the dam wall. The gates were inspired by the popularity of all things Egyptian, by the discoveries of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922!
From Wollongong or surrounds- Take the freeway north towards Sydney, then take the Picton exit turnoff, follow until you come to the F5; turn left towards Goulburn, then take the left Bargo exit, follow signs.