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Burragorang State Conservation Area

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Published November 17th 2013
Untouched wildnerness right at your doorstep
Burragorang Lookout
Burragorang Lookout

Look at that magnificent view - you are looking at Sydney's clean, precious drinking water supply, Lake Burragorang. It's hard to believe that it is so close to Sydney.

Burrangorang State Conservation Area covers more than 17,500ha and is predominantly water, it is only accessible up to the Lookout and picnic area. From the Lookout you can appreciate the vast expanses of water that is formed by the Warragamba Dam catchment area, bounded by spectacular sandstone escarpments set amongst beautiful untouched wilderness.

The facilities have recently been upgraded, boasting landscaped viewing platform with seats that offer the best 180 degree views of the lake and its surrounds, new toilets, electric BBQs, picnic tables and children playground.

It is a perfect spot to unwind, enjoy a family BBQ lunch and a bike ride on the sealed roads.

Burragorgang Lookout Seating Area
Burragorang Lookout Platform Seating Area

Picnic area with new electric BBQ
Picnic Area with new Electric BBQ

Burragorang Picnic Area
Children Playground

Burragorang Lookout Tower
Burragorang Lookout Tower

The viewing tower houses the Water Board's (now Sydney Water) monument commemorating the valley's history. One of the engravings reads:

"The majestic cliff rimming this valley stand a silent sentinel of respect to those families who lived out their lives beneath their shadow as keepers of the soil, before their valley was flooded in 1958.

The same cliffs carved and etched by the long hands of time, are a fitting monument to the miners of silver-lead at Yerranderi and to the miners of coal beds beneath these ramparts who toiled and gave their lives dedicated to a worthy cause."

buragorang monument
Water Board's Monument

Lake Burragorang
Looking North to the Blue Mountains


The Burragorang Valley was once the ancient lands of the D'harawal and Gundangarra people. The European settlers began exploration in 1802 and the first bridle track followed the explorer's trail. In 1827, the town of Burragorang was established as a coal mining town and became the major supplier of coal until the 1960s.

From the 1920 -1990, the area around Burragorang-Nattai region were home to Nattai-Bulli, Oakleigh, Wollondilly, Nattai North and Valley collieries. An estimate of 72 Million tonnes of coal was mined in the region. Silver and Lead was also mined up to 1927.

To service Sydney's rapid population growth after World War II, the Water Board commenced construction of the Warragamba Dam between 1948 to 1960. This resulted in the Burragorang Valley being inundated with water, flooding the township and farmlands to create Lake Burragorang.

The descendants of those who have been associated with the valley being the Gundungurra people, early explorers, pastoralist, ticket-to-leave Irish convicts, migrants who farmed the land and those who worked in the coal and silver mines, still live in the surrounding areas today. They regularly meet at the Wollondilly Heritage Centre to share their memories.

For more information please visit:

McMahons Lookout at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains offers spectacular views of the northern section of Lake Burragorang.

How to get there

Burrangorang State Conservation Area is approximately 100kms from the CBD located within the Wollondilly Shire, Southern Highlands.

Travel south on the Hume Highway exiting at Narrellan Road then merging onto Camden Valley Way then turn right at Burragorang Rd, follow the road through the small townships along the way until you enter Nattai National Park and the Lookout is located at the end of the road.

I hope you enjoy your visit!
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Where: Burragorang Rd, Nattai, New South Wales
Cost: $3 National Parks Entry Fee
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