Hidden away approximately 20 kilometres from Kangaroo Valley is Tallowa Dam. Built to supplement the water supply for Sydney and the Illawarra, the dam sits at the junction of the Kangaroo and Shoalhaven Rivers.

Tallowa Dam is unique in that it has a fish ladder, which involves a 2,500 litre bucket collecting fish from one side of the dam, then transporting them up and over the dam wall to the other side. If you are lucky enough to be present when you hear the alarm, you know the ladder is about to operate, so grab the kids and enjoy this engineering marvel!

It’s not just the fish ladder that attracts people to the dam, however. The site is also a fantastic spot to launch a canoe and explore the stunning scenery along the Kangaroo River. There are various sites to stop and rest along your scenic journey, and of course a quick splash about is essential on a hot day! The kids will enjoy all the tiny fish that gently tickle your legs when you stand still in the shallows. If you don’t own a canoe there are several tour operators in Kangaroo Valley who are very knowledgeable and helpful.

When you visit Tallowa Dam be sure to pack a picnic because there is a lovely grassed picnic area complete with tables and amenities for you to enjoy. South Coast Kids have seen kangaroos and goannas around the grounds many times, so the kids will thoroughly enjoy getting up close to them too!

So there’s a fascinating fish ladder, a scenic picnic area, native animal encounters, swimming and opportunities – what are you waiting for, jump in the car and visit!

Photo from www.waternsw.com.au