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Free Seniors Week bus tour to:
Warragamba Dam lookout, visitors centre + exhibitions
Wednesday 19 June
Bus departs club 8.30am, returns by 4pm
Aged 60 years and over
Bookings essential. Seats limited.
Bookings open 9am, Wednesday 1 June.
Phone or visit club reception.
Ph: 4578 1144
* bring a packed lunch
Permanent and temporary exhibitions are showcased in the impressive Warragamba Dam Visitor Centre, which perches on a rocky outcrop high above the dam wall.
The centre's Burragorang Room boasts sweeping views of the lake, children's activities and video presentations. Friendly visitor centre staff are available to answer your questions.
Permanent exhibition - 'Water for Life'
'Water for Life' is a highlight of any visit to Warragamba Dam. This permanent exhibition tells the story of Sydney's dams and catchments, and the history and future of Sydney's water supply.
As you enter the exhibition, look right to check out the latest levels at each of Sydney's 14 water supply dams, including Warragamba. Then follow the circular path clockwise to trace the journey of your water.
Don't miss the interactive 'drops of wisdom' table where you can get your hands 'wet' as you discover some of the unusual facts and myths about the dam and surrounding bushland. (See rare footage of emus doing a mating dance!)
Stop and listen to some stories from the local and migrant workers who built the dam and its township. Watch the audio-visual displays and inspect artefacts from the Indigenous and settler residents of the Burragorang Valley.
Along the way you can trace the history of Sydney's water supply, from its humble beginnings with the Tank Stream in 1795 to Prospect Reservoir in 1888, through to Warragamba Dam in 1960 and today's water recycling and climate change planning.
Current temporary exhibition - Underwater Warragamba
The waters of Lake Burragorang, formed by Warragamba Dam, are a hidden world full of life and diversity. Sheltered bays and shallow inlets, where creeks and rivers flow into the lake, are an ideal habitat for native animals such as turtles, platypus and water rats. Deeper below the surface, the lake is a haven for native fish and crayfish, and the long-finned eel whose remarkable migration journey takes them to Vanuatu to breed. This journey of endurance is matched only by the return trip of the tiny eel hatchlings which detour up and around the dam wall to return to the lake.
So visit the Warragamba Dam Visitor Centre now to:
- Meet some of the creatures who call Underwater Warragamba home.
- Watch the short film to learn how our scientists ensure the best quality water.
- Make a journey of a lifetime with the Long-finned eel.
- Follow the footsteps of the Dreaming creatures who carved out the Burragorang Valley.
- Marvel at remnants of valley life that lie in the watery depths of the lake.