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Burragorang State Conservation Area

Overview

Burragorang State Conservation Area accounts for 80 per cent of Sydney’s water supply. The picnic area and lookout have excellent facilities, including barbecues.

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For the most part, Burragorang State Conservation Area is water – clean, precious water that supplies about 80 per cent of Sydney’s supply. Virtually its only publicly-accessible point is Burragorang lookout and picnic area, but it is certainly a sight for weary, city-smogged eyes. Vast expanses of water formed by Warragamba Dam catchment area are surrounded by areas of thick bushland.

Ancient lands of the D’harawal and Gundangarra people, the land became important for European settlers as a coal-mining region and to a lesser extent, a source of lead and silver, from the 1820s to the 1960s. When Sydney’s population began rapidly expanding, Warragamba River was dammed to create a lake, and most of these mining townships were lost beneath its surface.

These days, the park covers more than 17,500ha and is home to a number of threatened species of wildlife, including koalas, tiger quolls and the powerful owl. The best way to enjoy Burragorang is to pack a picnic and take your binoculars to the lookout, where you can see for miles around. You might also want to take your bike in the car because the sealed roads are excellent for cycling.

Highlights in this park

  • Burragorang lookout, Burragorang State Conservation Area. Photo: A Horton/NSW Government

    Burragorang lookout and picnic area

    Burragorang lookout and picnic area makes for a great day trip from Camden, Campbelltown and Sydney, for views of Warragamba Dam. You can also hire fo...

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • The park opens at 8am throughout the year. From 1 October to 31 March, it closes at 5.30pm on weekdays, and 7pm on weekends and public holidays. From 1 April to 30 September, the park closes at 5pm on weekdays, and 6pm on weekends and public holidays.

    • Nattai area office
      (02) 4632 4500
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm Monday-Friday
    • The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.
    • Fax: (02) 4632 4550
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Burragorang lookout, Burragorang State Conservation Area. Photo: A Horton/NSW Government