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Warragamba Dam, Warragamba

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Warragamba Dam, a concrete gravity dam, creates Lake Burragorang, the primary reservoir for water supply for the Australian city of Sydney, New South Wales.The dam impounds the Coxs, Kowmung, Nattai, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, and Warragamba rivers, within the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment; and the dam wall is located approximately to the southwest of Sydney central business district, near the town of Wallacia. Constructed between 1948 and 1960, the dam created capacity for a reservoir of 2031GL and is fed by a catchment area of. The surface area of the lake covers of the now flooded Burragorang Valley. Enhancements to the dam were completed in 2009, including the addition of an auxiliary spillway to manage extreme flood events.A small hydroelectric power station is incorporated into the design of the dam and may operate at times of peak discharge; but has rarely generated power in recent years.
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  • This is one of Sydney's attractions that you need to visit. It has wonderful picnic facilities and an interactive learning centre about Sydney's water supply. Pack a picnic lunch and go on the weekend...  more »
  • Went during the school holidays with our 5 & 8 year olds. Went first thing in morning and there was no crowd. Spectacular view of the dam from the Visitors Centre. There are also activities for the ki...  more »
  • Very informative museum, with great interactive displays and interesting historical artefacts. We found it a bit hard to find the visitor centre using Google Maps as it took us to one that is obviousl...  more »
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  • Initially, we were a bit confused as the visitors' information centre had relocated to near the dam and the main road says access is only for Sydney Waters. However taking the bypass, we found the way. Unfortunately the dam walkway closed at 4.00 pm. We still had a good time out around the dam. A nice drive, small village and animal farms with the dam, overall turned out to be a memorable experience with fun for the whole family.
  • Beautiful, quiet & impressive in size. Lots of picnic tables & great local bakery 5 mins away.
  • Good views. Excellent visitor centre. Free bus takes you from the visitor centre down onto dam or to the dam's base. Barrier prevents you walking along most of the dam's length
  • Brought our students with learning disabilities here...awesome excursion
  • Great day out and interesting. Gorgeous picnic area.