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Published November 17th 2015
Check out Sydney's Main Dam with Amazing Views to Boot
Burragorang Lookout is such a great way to start a day trip to Warragamba Dam. The Lookout is a part of Burragorang State Conservation Area. The Area accounts for 80% of Sydney's water supply, with many parts of it deemed to be a 'Special Area' and inaccessible to the public. However the Lookout and picnic area are - which is great for us!
The Lookout is situated high above Warragamba Dam, on a Blue Mountains escarpment, so as you can imagine the views are stunning. You will look out 180 degrees onto Lake Burragorang - amazing to think this is where most of our drinking water comes from.
Along with the view there are lots of spots to have a picnic as well as a kids playground (which to be honest wasn't the best I've seen). There is also a memorial dedicated to the former families and miners of The Camden Valley.
There are barbeque facilities as well as clean, flushing toilets. The Lookout is accessible for prams and wheelchairs. There are no shops, cafes or kiosks onsite so bring all supplies including water. You will find the Lookout at the end of Burragorang Road, Burragorang.
There are signs that state there is an entry fee, but I was unable to locate anywhere to pay.
After spending some time at the Lookout, we then headed off to the Dam. You will travel the same road back, keep an eye out for the signs to the Dam and you are pretty much guided there. It is about half an hour to the Dam from the Lookout, however the drive is really scenic, so take your time and why not stop to take in the views.
Once at the Dam the entry is pretty easy to spot - just lookout for the giant water tower at the front gates. There are several car parks and as we were here on a (unfortunately rainy) weekday we parked right near the front of the Visitors Centre. There is also a set down point should you be here on a busy day.
The Visitors Centre is a great place to start the day. Check out the views from the viewing platform, enjoy the Burragorang Room where there are kids activities and a video which provides heaps of info on the Dam. Have a wander through the Water for Life exhibition which has an interactive display and exhibits which depict the history of Sydney's Dams. Our little ones enjoyed the colouring in and the dress up corner - and the Visitor Liaison Officer was very helpful so don't be afraid to ask questions.
Once you have checked out the Visitors Centre and Exhibition head out and enjoy all the Dam has to offer. Activities at the Dam include:
Walk the Dam Wall - there are three different walks, all of which depart from the Visitors Centre. The Dam Walk is only available on weekends and public holidays
Enjoy a picnic - at one of the two picnic spots which are fully decked out with picnic shelters, toilets and drinking water. If you wish to have a barbeque you can do so at the adjoining Warragamba Recreation Reserve
Enjoy the views - at one of the three viewing platforms
Walk the grounds - and discover the history of the Dam and local area via the interpretative signs and heritage displays.
While you are in the area you may wish to also head to the Eighteenth Street Lookout, which is located on Eighteenth Street in Warragamba Township.
We had such a great day out exploring this engineering marvel. I really think this is a must do for everyone. Unfortunately our day was cut short by a huge storm, but next time I come I will be checking out Warragamba Township and more of the surrounding areas.
The Dam is open 8.00am to 5.00pm, seven days per week (and 6.00pm on weekends and public holidays during daylight savings). The Visitors Centre is open 10.00am to 5.00pm. You can walk the Dam Wall from 10.00am to 4.00pm on weekends and public holidays only. Some walks take up to 1.5 hours so make sure you give yourself enough time.
There are no shops, cafes or kiosks onsite so bring supplies with you or stop into Warragamba Township.
No pets or animals allowed.
Warragamba Dam is about 65 kilometres, or a one hour drive, west of the Sydney CBD. You can find The Dam at the end of Production Avenue, Warragamba.