Googong Dam 1 by Werner Padarin

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Water cascading over the spillway of Googong Dam on the Queanbeyan River
New South Wales, Australia
Googong Dam storage is the largest of 4 water supply storages serving the cities of Canberra and Queanbeyan. Many years of drought had seen storage levels fall drastically, but the rains came in November-December 2010 and these storages are now all overflowing
Some 10,500 cubic metres per second (about four times the normal flow over Niagara Falls) flows over the newly renovated spillway after heavy rain on 9 December – refer The Canberra Times

Nikon D300 | Nikon 18-200VR @ 50mm
1/500s f/14 ISO200 | Raw
Featured in Australian Travel Photography and Writing (14 December 2010)
Featured in Rural NSW (18 December 2010)
Featured in Australia versus the UK, but it’s not cricket! (19 December 2010)
Featured in Dams, Weirs And Reservoirs (6 July 2011)
Featured in South East Australia (18 January 2012)

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  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 4 years ago

    Finally water galore after many years of drought,great image

  • thanks Hans – good to be out of water restrictions, but the farmers now have problems again

    – Werner Padarin

  • BreeDanielle
    BreeDanielleabout 4 years ago


  • more water than we’ve seen for a while – thanks for stopping by Bree

    – Werner Padarin

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • my pleasure, Angela

    – Werner Padarin

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • my pleasure, Audrey

    – Werner Padarin

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 4 years ago

    Werner good capture must be a sight to see, im interested in checking out some dams on my way down south

  • thanks Philip – re visiting our dams, access is severely restricted to Googong and Cotter because they are construction sites and access to Corin and Bendora may be restricted for (it seems) arbitrary administrative reason(s)

    – Werner Padarin

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    A great shot from the land of extremes . . .

  • thanks Hugh – I would predict our next drought will not commence until completion of the new Cotter dam current in commencement of construction

    – Werner Padarin

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Werner. Looks like it’ll keep going at that rate for a while longer too.

  • thanks Bryan – it’s been fine weather since then, although some dark clouds gathering today …

    – Werner Padarin

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonabout 4 years ago

    That’s one powerful flow, great to see them full again.

  • Certainly quite spectacular, and of course we are happy that we are no longer staring at an absolute water shortage, farmers feel a bit less happy though … thanks for visiting Travis

    – Werner Padarin

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroabout 4 years ago

    Wow thats a lot of water!!! Great capture.

  • thanks Luis – more than I’ve prevously ever seen over that spillway, however, this rock fill dam made history as it was overtopped by a major flood during its construction and survived

    – Werner Padarin

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 4 years ago

  • thankyou very much – greatly appreciated

    – Werner Padarin

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