Burragorang lookout and picnic area

Burragorang State Conservation Area

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Overview

Burragorang lookout and picnic area is a great day trip from Camden, Campbelltown and Sydney. Enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning views of Warragamba Dam. You can also hire the picnic area for a special event.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Burragorang State Conservation Area
Accessibility
Medium
Entry fees

Park entry fees:

$4 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

Opening times

1 October to 31 March: 8am to 5pm on weekdays. 8am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays. 
1 April to 30 September: 8am to 5pm daily. 

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Burragorang picnic area is available for non-exclusive hire for weddings or informal events
  • The lookout and viewing platform is not available for hire
  • This park is remote and the weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please be well-prepared for your visit.

High above Warragamba Dam, on a Blue Mountains escarpment, Burragorang lookout and picnic area is a viewing point for nature’s great beauty. From up here, you can look across one of New South Wales’ most precious resources – that huge body of water far below provides about 80 per cent of Sydney’s water supply.

What you’ll see much closer is equally as impressive. Noisy glossy black cockatoos hanging from the casuarinas; perhaps one of the shy and beautiful lyrebirds will be scratching in the leaves below the trees.

For the kids, there’s some excellent bike riding along the quiet sealed roads, as well as a playground. Pack the esky well, because there are barbecues and plenty of picnic tables, all ready for the perfect bush lunch.

If you’re looking for a unique venue to hire for a wedding or special event near Camden and Campbelltown, Burragorang picnic area and lookout is an idyllic place to celebrate your special occasion.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/burragorang-lookout-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Burragorang lookout and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Burragorang lookout and picnic area is in the southern precinct of Burragorang State Conservation Area. To get there from Camden:

  • Take Burragorang Road through Mount Hunter, The Oaks and Oakdale.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Burragorang lookout picnic area, including several designated disabled spots. Bus parking is also available.

Best times to visit

Spring is a great time of year at Burragorang State Conservation Area. Enjoy a picnic in the shade of the eucalypts which surround Burragorang picnic area.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

45°C

Winter temperature

Average

4°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

–6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

156mm

Facilities

Amenities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Drinking water

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Burragorang lookout and picnic area is in Burragorang State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Lands of the Dharawal and Gundangarra Aboriginal peoples

Looking over Lake Burragorang, Burragorang State Conservation Area. Photo: A Horton

Part of the Nattai (name given to the river because it had 'sweet water') Reserves System, which is the traditional home of the D'harawal and Gundangarra Aboriginal people, the northern part of Burragorang is also home to the Dharug people. In Aboriginal, 'Burragorang' means 'home or place of the giant kangaroo'. These lands provided a corridor for people travelling northward from as far afield as Victoria. They were heading to major gathering and ceremonial grounds in D'harawal lands in the Cowpastures or Camden areas, adjacent to Nepean River.

Native bird watching at its best

Waratah and Harenbergia, Burragorang State Conservation Area. Photo: A Horton

You'll probably hear them before you can see them: noisy glossy black cockatoos, yellow-tail cockatoos and gang-gangs feed on the casuarinas at the northern area of the picnic area. They're not the only birds you'll find here. Eagles, satin bowerbirds, catbirds (listen for their distinctive meow-type calls) and lyrebirds have also been known to visit the heath and red gums in this part of Burragorang.

  • Burragorang lookout and picnic area Burragorang lookout and picnic area is a great day trip from Camden, Campbelltown and Sydney. Enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning views of Warragamba Dam. You can also hire the picnic area for a special event.

Perfect play

Burragorang lookout, Burragorang State Conservation Area. Photo: A Horton

Although the park isn't part of Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area or Kanangra-Boyd National Park, both of these areas can be seen from Burragorang lookout. This is also the best spot to see the impressive expanse of Warragamba Dam, a popular place to visit when in the South West Sydney region. It's a great spot for kids. The roads are sealed, quiet, and good for bike riding. There's a playground for the kids to burn-off any surplus energy.

  • Burragorang lookout and picnic area Burragorang lookout and picnic area is a great day trip from Camden, Campbelltown and Sydney. Enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning views of Warragamba Dam. You can also hire the picnic area for a special event.

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