Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam is one of the oldest and most picturesque dams in the greater Sydney area – amazingly a place so near but had yet to visit since relocating back to Australia in 2007. A weekend BBQ provided the perfect opportunity to tick the bucket list item off the local list.

At the dam itself, the castle-like sandstone building on top of the wall and fanciful outlet tower evoke a sense of importance. According to Water NSW, at the time of its construction from 1902 to 1907, Cataract Dam was the biggest engineering project in Australia and the fourth biggest in the world.

Thoroughly enjoyed a BBQ picnic with Lexie and her family as we cooked, ate, played with her grand kids and generally appreciated the lovely Autumn weather. After some time we hiked the very short hike down to the dam for sightseeing and photos.

A truly unique place not far from most in Sydney, but easily one of those places you can easily dismiss as one for another day. I recommend you undo that line of thinking and head on down for a picnic weekend.

All in all, a very enjoyable day!


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