Caves and Dams

Today we drive via the Kiandra Goldfields to the Tumut 3 Power Station, Australia’s largest Hydro Power Station. Drive through Talbingo, the birth place of Miles Franklin and then on to the power station and discover the enormous scale of this engineering marvel. The whole scheme consists of 16 major dams, 7 power stations, 145kms of underground tunnels and 80kms of aqueducts, taking 25 years to complete. With only 2 of the 6 turbines, Tumut 3 is able to generate enough electricity for the whole of the ACT. Spend time in the interpretive centre and learn about other alternate power sources. Drive to the spillway for a spectacular view.

Have lunch at Yarrangobilly Village then head to the Yarragobilly Caves for a guided tour. 400 million years ago, the whole area was under the sea. The limestone through which the water percolates and creates the caves is really the remnants of sea-life all those millions of years ago. You will even see a fossil to prove it. We will tour the Jillabenan Cave which is one of the most decorated caves in Australia with many exquisite stalactites and stalagmites. With only 4 steps, it is even accessible by wheelchair.

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