Nature in Talbingo
Talbingo is surrounded by some of the most inspiring scenery in the Snowy Mountains. At Talbingo Dam you'll enjoy panoramic views of the region as well as superb fishing for brown and rainbow trout. You can even go water-skiing on the dam.
First founded as a post office in 1898, Talbingo was eventually relocated in 1968 after the original township was flooded under Jounama Pondage as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Fortunately, Talbingo was a small settlement of only five families, a hotel and a livestock station so not many people were displaced during the move. Interestingly, Talbingo Station was also the birthplace of famous Australian novelist Miles Franklin.
Located on the north-western edge of the Snowy Mountains about 42km from Tumut, Talbingo is today a picturesque country town on the banks of the Talbingo Dam. Its location offers plenty of outdoor activities for all ages. You can inspect Tumut Power Station, go trout fishing in Talbingo Dam, and soak in the Glory Hole thermal pool - a toasty 27 degree natural spring at the end of Yarrangobilly Caves.
Waterskiing on Talbingo Dam and nearby Blowering Dam are fantastic summer activities, as is hiking, bushwalking, and camping in Kosciuszko National Park. Around 45 minutes drive from Talbingo, the spectacular limestone formations of Yarrangobilly Caves can be explored on a tour or self-guided journey.
During the cooler months, visitors to Selwyn Snowfields often find accommodation at one of Talbingo’s tourist parks and hotels. Camping is a popular form of accommodation in Talbingo, with several full-service campgrounds offering scenic vantages from which to pitch a tent. Jounama Creek campground and Talbingo Caravan Park offer budget-friendly options. Visit Talbingo Mountain Retreat for a more luxurious experience.
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View of Talbingo township. Image Tumut Region Visitor Centre
Talbingo power station pipelines. Image Tumut Region Visitor Centre
View over Jounama Pondage, Talbingo. Image Tumut Region Visitor Centre