eBike Tours

Cataract Dam

When I saw the 1907-built Heritage-listed Cataract Dam described officially as one of the most picturesque in the State, it was enough for me to load the ebike and head South for a day trip. It’s a 90-minute drive from Sydney, not far from Campbelltown and close to the Dharawal National Park, so a double-ride was the plan.

As I approached the western entrance of the Dharawal’s beautifully rugged bushland, I passed a Buddist Meditation Retreat and stopped for a few photos. When you see it, you’ll know you are close to the Dharawal entrance.

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Many of our National Parks are gated to stop vehicles and motorbikes. Some are just impossible to get through with an ebike; fortunately, the three I encountered were passable with a bit of creative maneuvering. I followed what’s called the 10B Fire Trail that crosses the 15km wide Park.

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Most of the Trail is smooth, except a creek crossing at the bottom of a very steep and rocky ravine. Once you pass that hurdle, it’s smooth riding for the next 12 kms.

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The Trail comes out on the other side of the Dharawal on Appin Road, only a few kms from the Cataract Dam Road. There are several colonial style sandstone buildings amongst charming olde-worlde picnic grounds.

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The Dam is a visual treat, both from the high ground and at wall level. Made entirely of locally sourced sandstone blocks, the dam is fully functional.

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I took a service road down to the Dam wall and rode along the top. The views on both sides are gorgeous.

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Wall

Even though the spillway on the valley floor is over 190 feet below, you can hear the water roaring up on the wall.

9Before heading home I wanted to explore the countryside, so I took the long way back around the Park. This gave me a chance to visit the historic town of Appin, which had an excellent bakery with a great barista. The total ride was 63kms and almost three and a half hours, but you could shorten the distance and avoid the creek crossing by just doing the Dam and Park section from Appin Road. Overall, this was a most enjoyable and interesting ride.

Cataract-Dharawal

For access to a more detailed route map find me on Strava as Richard Alaba.

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