Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Talbingo Dam is a major ungated rock fill with clay core embankment dam with concrete chute spillway across the Tumut River upstream of Talbingo in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. The dam's main purpose is for the generation of hydro-power and is the largest of sixteen major dams that comprise the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a vast hydroelectricity and irrigation complex constructed in south-east Australia between 1949 and 1974 and now run by Snowy Hydro. The impounded reservoir is called Talbingo Reservoir.

Commenced in 1968 and completed in 1971, Talbingo Dam is a major dam on the Tumut River, within the Snowy Mountains, approximately 5 kilometres south of the village of Talbingo. The dam was constructed by Thiess Bros Pty Limited and, at the time, the project was the largest dam ever built in Australia. The dam is the largest and last of the sixteen dams completed as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. I flew to Sydney for the day today and these photos were taken from the plane.

The Google map image is the first image below to identify the location. The last two photos show that the "Snowy Mountains" are true to name!

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme.


  1. Enjoyed these incredible sights and history.

  2. Wow! Amazing shots. Whenever I try to take photos from a plane they turn out blurred...

  3. Really wonderful photos!!!!


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