A quick flight to Sydney’s west to see one of this city’s most important assets – Warragamba Dam
After you make your way to Bankstown Airport you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff who will give you a brief of the flight. Tea and coffee is served. Should you prefer we can arrange transport at additional cost.
After take-off we set a course for Sydney’s expansive west. The first point of interest is a small quiet rural area of Sydney known as Badgerys Creek that one day may be home to Sydney’s second airport. James Badgery was a British-born farmer and miller who, in 1806, was granted 840 acres in the suburb that bears his name today. His original land grant was on the north side of Elizabeth Drive, land which today is used for farming research by the CSIRO and the University of Sydney. Badgery named his property Exeter Farm but the creek running through the property became known as Badgery’s Creek and that name was eventually applied to the local area.
This important resource supplies water to more than 3.7 million people living in Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains. The dam creates Lake Burragorang, the primary reservoir and impounds Coxs, Kowmung, Nattai, Wingecarribee, Wallondilly and Warragamba rivers within the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment. This enormous catchment area is 9,051 square kilometres. Warragamba Dam is located approximately 65 kilometres to the west of Sydney’s CBD and was constructed between 1948 and 1960. The dam created capacity for a reservoir of 2,031 gigalitres while the surface area of the lake covers 75 square kilometres of the now flooded Burragorang Valley.
This feature is a 50,200-megalitre potable water supply and storage reservoir created by the Prospect Dam. Shortly after 1808, William Lawson was appointed aide-de-camp to George Johnston and was granted 500 acres at Prospect. The property was eventually acquired by the Metropolitan Water Board. The Prospect dam was the first earthfill embankment dam in Australia and was completed in 1888. At the time it was intended to deliver water from the Nepean River to the reservoir. In May 1940 the reservoir became a part of the Warragamba Emergency Scheme. Pipes (which are very prominent as you fly east) were constructed to deliver water 26 kilometres from Warragamba. Keep your eye out when flying over the eastern side of Prospect Reservoir because this is home of Sydney’s Wet’n Wild Water Park.
Upon your return to Bankstown Airport, you can celebrate your tour out west with a glass of Champagne and a fine selection of picnic food to cap off a memorable day.