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Nepean Dam

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published January 22nd 2014
Makes the perfect day out with plenty of picnic spots
Being the last and smallest of four dams constructed from the Illawarra Plateau south of Sydney. Nepean Dam has the length of 216 metres, eighty two metres high and consisting of 67, 730 ml; it is surely one dam to add to the list of dams to see!

It was constructed in 1925 and completed ten years later due to the Great Depression. The Dam's main role today is to supply water to the nearby towns of Bargo, Thirlmere, Picton and The Oaks as well as Macarthur and Prospect water filtration plants.

One of the many amazing views of the dam...


There are many things to do here at Nepean Dam from a lovely stroll across the dam wall and soaking up the Art Deco style and construction, enjoying the impressive views of the lake upstream and gorge downstream, spotting out the long line of Roman Cypress trees that follow the line of the spillway and of course enjoying a picnic at the picnic areas.

It is a peaceful place to rest and of course to play. There is a number of picnic areas on several levels leading down to the dam itself.

The walk across the dam...


The facilities are excellent, with a shelter area with tables that seat up to 80 people, a smaller 60 & 20 people shelter areas, electric BBQs and boiling water.

And of course the kids will love it too with a children's playground and plenty of lawns to play on. There are toilet facilities on site.

Another view of the dam...


It is certainly a place to spend a couple hours or make it a whole day trip and bring your own picnic. It is incredibly calming with the bushland and the views of the dam making it the perfect relaxing day out.

One of the tranquil views on the way to Nepean Dam...
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Why? A nice day out, perfect for kids and to have a picnic
When: All year round- 10-5pm, 7pm close on weekends & public holidays
Where: Avon Dam Road, Bargo NSW 2574
Cost: Free
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