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Prospect Reservoir

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published January 12th 2016
Prospect Reservoir was built in 1886 to provide water for Sydney, although super-ceded by Warragamba Dam it is an emergency Sydney supply hence not used for swimming and water activities.

Over the years I have spent lots of happy times at family bbqs and picnics here. As children we used to slide down the (now off limits) grass embankments. The reservoir grounds were closed in 2013 due to work on the dam wall and the closure caused usage to decline and the grounds to deteriorate. The picnic area reopened to the public in July 2015 but is definitely under-utilised.

Aerial view, Prospect reservoir, water supply
Aerial view of the catchment photo from Water NSW


The grounds of the reservoir are extensive, scenic and peaceful. There are many shady, scenic places for a picnic, a small playground for children and plenty of open areas. It is also a great place for cycling and you can access off-road cycle ways to Blacktown, Liverpool, Parramatta and beyond from here.

Prospect reservoir, picnic, dam wall
Great picnic areas


The reservoir is also an area of historic significance and there are a few interesting older buildings, disused machinery and information plaques in the grounds.

View of the catchment

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday the Prospect History Cottage is open from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Located in a workers cottage on the grounds it holds a collection of photographs and stories regarding the early settlement of Prospect and the building of the reservoir.

Cycling, nature, Propect Reservoir
Cycle way scenery


Bring your own supplies as there are no food facilities in the grounds, nearby there are a couple of shopping centres in Prospect and St Martins Village and the Historic Cricketers Arms Hotel is less than 5 minutes drive away.
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Why? Have a picnic in a historic part of Sydney
When: Daily 6.00am - 6.30pm Daylight saving, 7.00am - 4.30 pm other times
Where: Prospect Reservoir
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Do they allow dogs into Prospect Dam?.
by Susan (score: 0|4) 439 days ago
May I know the detail address of the picnic area and playground?
by deanl (score: 1|10) 396 days ago
So dog friendly but on leash?
May I know the detail address of picnic area? Near the Historical Cottage?
Thanks a lot.
by deanl (score: 1|10) 396 days ago
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