Better know to us as Burrinjuck Dam.
Burrinjuck Dam. The first major dam built for irrigation in New South Wales was Burrinjuck Dam. It is situated in the upper catchment of the Murrumbidgee River, approximately 60 kms from Yass. The name Burrinjuck comes from the Aboriginal words ‘Booren Yiack, meaning ’Precipitous Mountain’.
In 1891, the drought-ravaged Murrumbidgee Valley was nominated as an ideal location for irrigation development. After devastating droughts in 1901 and 1902 State Parliament approved the establishment of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme. Burrinjuck Dam was constructed to provide water for the scheme. Construction started in 1907, but due to delays caused by the shortage of labour and materials during World War 1, the original design was not completed until 20 years later, although it was able to provide water for irrigation in 1912.
With the dam largely completed, a massive flood in the Murumbidgee Valley in 1925 sent water more than a metre deep pouring over the crest of the main wall. Although Burrinjuck was barely damaged by the torrent, the size of the spillways was increased and the height of the main wall raised to prevent future devastation. Work on these alterations and other improvements began in the 1930’s….
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Lake Burrinjuck is a stunning place to relax and enjoy a myriad of recreational activities. It is a haven of untouched native bushland just waiting to be enjoyed. Get up close and personal with the native wildlife, where kangaroos graze freely on the lawns and rosellas and Parrots make their home. you can also satisfy the thirst for adventure with a choice of water sports. Because of its unspoilt nature, Burrinjuck Waters is among the best places in NSW for both casual and avid bushwalkers, ranging from easy to the more challenging. The famous 370 km long Hume and Hovell Walking Track also passes through the park. Popular with visitors and keen fishermen, Lake Burrinjuck is home to the famous Murray cod and Golden perch (yellow belly). Trout, redfin and European carp are also targeted on a regular basis.
Photo taken from the wall, which was only opened for the three days of the centenary celebrations.
18-200 vr lens
Focal length 18mm
Single raw image x 5 into Photomatix @ 1 space ev. Finished in CS3. Hand held.