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Published October 14th 2013
As high as Forty three metres, 5, 821 sq kilometres, 930 ha and 90,000 megalitres sits the Tallowa Dam in one of the most beautiful picturesque towns in the Shoalhaven & Southern Highlands region; Kangaroo Valley.
It is situated at the junction of the Kangaroo and Shoalhaven Rivers, with the largest fish lift in Australia! Unfortunately when we were there we did not witness the fish lift in action, but you never know you might be lucky and get a glimpse of the lift helping to protect ten native fish species by allowing them to migrate between the lower and upper Shoalhaven River.
There are picnic areas, electric barbecues, toilets and many viewing areas, so it is definitely worth a trip here for a day, to relax, enjoy a picnic or just fall asleep with the sounds of the water from the dam flowing down the spillway and birds singing in the trees.
It was completed in 1976, the spillway wall is a massive 43 metres high and 528 metres in length and holds a whopping approximately 85, 500 megalitres!
It is always a good idea to check the website to make sure that the dam is opened for public access during the summer period due to bushfire closures or flooding or spilling of Tallowa Dam. There are two main Lookout viewing areas; Upper viewing area and the lower viewing area.
The upper viewing area starts at the dam wall which is where you are able to view the fish lift, lake and surrounding bushland of Morton National Park. The lower viewing area is a short walk down a bush track where you can view the dam and the massive spillway and another perception of the fish lift.