If you’re looking for a good picnic area in a secluded bushland setting alongside spectacular water views then the Woronora Dam is definitely worth visiting, located on the Wonorora River on Sydney’s Southern fringe. It’s less than an hours drive from the city on the Princes Highway, bear right continuing on the Highway where it splits to become the Princes Motorway. Passing through Waterfall and its large railway station, the turn-off to Woronora Dam Road will be sign posted a short drive up and will a right hand turn off the Highway.
The dam was built between 1927 – 1941 to provide a water supply for the metropolitan south of the Georges River, particularly the Cronulla and Heatcote areas. It has a zig-zag spillway with a height of 216 feet, 1,280 feet in length and 20 feet in width. It’s massive and breathtaking!
During our recent visit, we were impressed with the extensive picnic areas. Depending on the number of your party, there are small and large sheltered areas to choose from. Plenty of electric barbecues and even hot water urns are available for your convenience as well as clean and well maintained toilets all set out on grassed open areas, there are dedicated playgrounds for the youngsters too.
Highlight of the visit of course is the walk over the dam and stopping to enjoy the panoramic vista. Water on the left, trees and some old structures relating to the operation of the dam. This is a relaxing and easy walk.
There are gardens to explore! Check out the old trees, admire late blooms of Christmas bushes, wild flowers, native plants and industrial remnants. This time of year huge numbers of cicadas are still in full swing, their piercing song filling the otherwise near silent space. The only downside is there is no swimming in the area.
Winonora Dam Address: Woronora Dam Rd, Woronora Dam NSW 2508 Daily: 10am to 5pm Extended hours, 10am to 7pm, on weekends and public holidays during daylight saving time Entry is free No entry is permitted 15 minutes prior to closing time
On your way back to Sydney, we highly recommend you go the long way around via the Bulli Pass and drop down to the coastal road over the visit worthy Sea Cliff Bridge and up to Stanwell Tops with its great ocean views and back to the Princes Motorway and Sydney. As you head towards Bulli, swing by Sublime Point and its amazing lookout, Bulli Lookout is a little further on and well worth a visit too. Turn right from Woronora Dam Road and stay on the Princes Highway. The views here of Wollongong and the beachside suburbs are spectacular. There is a restaurant for a quick pick me up, amenities and ample parking. During our visit, mist and fog started to drift like ghosts across the road as we approached the lookout, then blankets of fog bellowed up the hillside over us at great speed completely obliterating the view and thankfully cooling the humid air. Tiny peppered glimpses of the coast gave way to clarity in seconds reminding you just how high this view point actually is, it felt like a scene from the film Brigadoon!
Sublime Point Lookout: Address: Maddens Plains NSW 2508