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Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam Road, Appin, New South Wales 2560, Australia
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Attractive historic dam good for picnics

The first of the Upper Nepean dams (1902), Cataract has parapets along the wall making for good... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
Peaceful, Picturesque, Pleasant!

Despite a rather uninviting name, this is truly a lovely place to visit! Wide open body and... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
Emmanuel N
Sydney, Australia
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“sandstone” (3 reviews)
“engineering” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cataract Dam Road, Appin, New South Wales 2560, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The first of the Upper Nepean dams (1902), Cataract has parapets along the wall making for good pics. The downstream side has a great water jet. The picnic areas at the top are good, with facilities, but have only glimpses of the lake. You can...More

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Despite a rather uninviting name, this is truly a lovely place to visit! Wide open body and awe-inspiring dam that would captivate you the moment you reach your destination. Not difficult to get to. Waze and Google Maps will accurately get you to the spot....More

2  Thank Emmanuel N
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Built in 1908, this structure is an amazing example of early Australia engineering. It's a short drive off Appin Road with picnic grounds and play equipment nearby. You can walk across the dam and get up close to the sandstone block construction. This was a...More

1  Thank Didge432
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Good place for Picnics and BBQ. Dam has a very a old building on the dam wall which is made out of sandstone and is very nice. Great view on both sides of river. We also seen fish close to the wall just going on...More

2  Thank Wayne W
Reviewed 10 May 2016

The park facilities and amenities are more than sufficient. Bbq's and shelters were available. The wall is an easy stroll with great views

1  Thank Neville B
Reviewed 5 May 2016

This is a nice place for family fun. It has 2 parts. 1. Dam itself. it provides a beautiful view and great experience. As you are allowed to walk on the Dam wall all the way till the end, the experience is amazing. 2. Picnic...More

2  Thank Vipin A
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Very busy here on Good Friday- we were early and nabbed a big table in a hut and these all filled quickly. Lots of grounds for kids to run around. We set up badminton, had a picnic and Easter egg hunt. It is a really...More

1  Thank Danlover1000
Reviewed 3 October 2015

Some of the only nice architecture in Sydneys west. Has a nice picnic area and bqq facilities. Not an essential stop but if its along the way definitely check it out!

2  Thank BeardedAussie
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Just loved by visit to this dam. It has such character and is picturesque in every way. Although it was a perfect day, I was amazed that very few people were there... The walk across the dam was lovely. A must to see and a...More

2  Thank suem56
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Another beautiful dam and picnic grounds about 80 minutes south of Sydney by car. Cataract Dam was completed in 1907 and has a castle like sandstone valve house building and wall. You feel like you are in medieval times as you walk across the the...More

1  Thank Agro_Sydney
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