We tried to capture four of Sydney’s dams spilling due to recent heavy rain.
It is possible to visit 5 dams in the south east of Sydney in one day, with careful planning and an early start.
Avon Dam was the third and largest of the four dams constructed to collect water from the Illawarra Plateau. Created by damming the Avon River and completed in 1927, Avon Dam’s main role today is to supply water to the Illawarra region.
Manly Dam is a heritage-listed former dam that now is a reserve and war memorial.
Wingecarribee Reservoir is about 10 kilometres south-east of Bowral on the Wingecarribee River.
Tallowa Dam is unique for its massive mechanical fish lift which transports fish over the dam wall.
Woronora Dam is the fifth dam built as part of Sydney’s water supply network, and the final one to be built before World War II.
Prospect Reservoir was the centrepiece of the Upper Nepean scheme to secure Sydney’s water supply,
Nepean Dam was the last and smallest of the four dams constructed as part of the Upper Nepean Scheme.
Cordeaux Dam is the second of four dams constructed as part of the Upper Nepean Scheme to collect water from the Illawarra Plateau.
Cataract Dam is one of the oldest and most picturesque dams in Sydney.
Located about 65 kilometres west of Sydney in a narrow gorge on the Warragamba River, Warragamba Dam is one of the largest domestic water supply dams in the world.
This is a series of articles exploring the network of dams that provide water to Sydney.