With beautiful waterways for fishing and boating, Talbingo is a lovely escape in the NSW Snowy Mountains. A gateway to marvellous Yarrangobilly Caves and a natural thermal pool, the town is a great base too for getting to the Mount Selwyn snowfields in the skiing and snowboarding season.
Famous Australian author Miles Franklin was born at Talbingo in 1879. To make way for the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity, the small township was relocated in 1968 before the original location was flooded under Jounama Pondage.
On the edge of splendid Kosciuszko National Park, Talbingo is between Blowering Dam to the north and Talbingo Dam to the south – two popular waterways for fishing and water sports. You’ll find many more things to do and see in and around Talbingo, including bushwalking and mountain biking.
Tumut 3 Power Station is below Talbingo Dam. There are 4WD touring routes in Kosciuszko National Park. Lobs Hole Ravine 4WD trail meanders through the wilderness in the Tumut region to Wallace Creek lookout for breathtaking views. Other spectacular lookouts are Black Perry and Landers Falls.
The limestone caves and natural thermal pool are only 40 minutes’ drive south of Talbingo, in the national park. The limestone dates back 440 million years, and the magnificent caves are filled with wondrous formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and delicate cave corals and exquisite shawls.
Guided tours are available of the caves. For a rejuvenating dip in the natural thermal spring waters rising from the depths, take the Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool walk. The spring waters are naturally heated at 27 degrees year-round, perfect for steamy winter bathing surrounded by snow.
You can stay at Yarrangobilly Caves House, a grand heritage house. In Talbingo there are more accommodation options to suit various budgets, including camping, caravanning, cottages, holiday units and a motel. Getting to Talbingo from Tumut is easy, with the scenic drive only 30 minutes.