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 also a great base for getting to Selwyn Snow Resort in the skiing and snowboarding season.
On the edge of splendid Kosciuszko National Park, Talbingo is located between Blowering Dam to the north and Talbingo Dam to the south – two popular waterways for fishing and water sports. The dams are part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity.
You’ll find many things to do and see in and around Talbingo, including bushwalking and mountain biking. There are 4WD touring routes through the spectacular wilderness of the Kosciuszko National Park. Take in the views from lookouts at Black Perry and Landers Falls.
The Yarrangobilly Caves are only 40 minutes’ drive south of Talbingo. 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.