Warragamba Dam, Warragamba

#305 of 934 in Parks in New South Wales
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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  • Warragamba Dam which is the lifeline for the drinking water needs of Sydney. It stands a majestic 142 metres high and Length: 351 metres. It took 12 years, three million tonnes of concrete and 1,800 w...  more »
  • The visitor centre at the dam is open till 4pm only. They have shuttles operating which will go along the dam. You cannot drive to the dam area itself on your own. The dam itself had lots of parking, ...  more »
  • I love coming here during the week, it is so peaceful. I come to gather my thoughts and feel emotion. I used to love the scale model of Warragamba but I'm not sure it is there anymore. It is quite sad how everything changed due to the threat of terrorism. A nice place to chill.
  • It looked very full which is a good sign 💦 We also appreciated the relatively modern architectural design considering its age, certainly ahead of its time. My wife and I camped nearby with our friends Marcel & Stacey, who were all in awe of its massive size. Marcel remarked that it reminded him of himself, I was confused by this. We will be back! Stay full forever.
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