Looking for something different to do on the weekend? Located around seventy kilometres away from Sydney centre, the Warragamba Dam is located around 30 minutes south of Penrith and is a local engineering marvel. Constructed in 1960, Warragamba Dam is the largest dam in Australia and the primary reservoir for water supply in Sydney.
The Warragamba Dam is open for visiting on weekends and public holidays between 10am to 4pm, with access to the dam wall closed on weekdays for maintenance, monitoring and other operations. The visitor centre is likely your best place to start, showcasing the engineering and history of the dam with a permanent interactive exhibition for kids and adults alike to appreciate the importance and challenge of maintaining water supply to the Sydney basin.
Three viewing platforms are available via a short walk from the visitor centre. A walk along the dam wall and surrounds allows you to take in the grand engineering that took place between the late 1940s and 1960.
So take a weekend out to appreciate what we take for granted in modern metropolitans – a consistent supply of water, and marvel the engineering behind one of the most important and underrated aspect of everyday life.