Warragamba Dam is the largest concrete dam in the country and is best known for the creation of Lake Burragorang – the two constituting the primary sources for water supply in Sydney. The dam was built between 1948 and 1960, with a capacity of 2031 gigalitres within the lake’s 75 square kilometres.
To put this in perspective, the dam is about four times the size of Sydney Harbour.
Warragamba Dam, Visitor Centre, Facts, Map History, Lookout & Location
In 1999, the dam was closed for key upgrades that spanned a decade after which it was opened to the general public. There are lots of attractions at the Warragamba Dam, making this a perfect place to visit when out of town.
Start by visiting the information centre where you get to learn about the history of the dam, as well as its significance against the background of Sydney’s stability. This is a must-visit because it gives visitors a glimpse into the difficult work of constructing the dam, alongside some of the challenges the dam workers faced.
Peer into future advancements and prospects when you visit The ‘Water for life’ exhibition held on location.
In addition to the interactive visitor centre, Warragamba Dam is also home to an array of facilities for a perfect outdoor getaway. These include picnic areas, drinking water, BBQs and washrooms. A trip to the dam is incomplete without enjoying the magnificent views while on the platforms. Take the 40-minute drive from the dam to Burragorang Lookout, which promises excellent a panoramic view.
Note that pedestrian access to the dam wall is available only on select days. The dam remains open from 8am to 5pm daily.
Note that pets are not allowed, and all water activities are prohibited. The visitor centre’s opening hours are from 10am to 4pm every day; except on Christmas Day and Good Friday. Entry is free for all.