Avon dam recreation area re-opens


Avon Dam recreation area re-opened to the public this week after being closed for most of the past three years.

Opening in time for the summer holidays, the closure of the dam was due to bridge repairs and series of landslips caused by flooding that impeded access.

“We’ve repaired a major landslip on the access road into the dam, and minor landslips on the spillway walkway,” Mary Knowles, WaterNSW Catchment Area Manager, said.

“We’ve also made improvements to the spillway bridge and the bridge over the Nepean River to improve safety and accessibility for visitors.”

Created by damming the Avon River and completed in 1927, Avon was the third and largest of the four dams constructed to collect water from the Illawarra Plateau south of Sydney.

Avon Dam's main role today is to supply water to the Illawarra region and is Sydney’s second largest water supply dam after Warragamba.

Avon Dam recreation area has electric barbecues, picnic shelters, picnic tables, drinking water and public toilets.

“Our team has even been busy repairing barbecues and tidying the gardens in readiness for the return of visitors.

“It’s one of our hidden gems and is popular with locals in the know as a peaceful picnic spot surrounded by nature.”

Before visiting any WaterNSW site, please check our dam pages for alerts, updates and what facilities are available at each site.

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