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.
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.
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 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.