Lake Burrendong

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Not to be confused with Burrendong Dam.
Lake Burrendong
Lake Burrendong.jpg
A picnic area by the lake.
Location Wellington, New South Wales
Coordinates 32°40′S 149°8′E / 32.667°S 149.133°E / -32.667; 149.133Coordinates: 32°40′S 149°8′E / 32.667°S 149.133°E / -32.667; 149.133
Lake type Man-made reservoir
Primary inflows Macquarie River, Cudgegong River
Primary outflows Macquarie River
Catchment area 13,886 square kilometres (5,361 sq mi)
Basin countries Australia
Surface area 8,900 hectares (22,000 acres)
Surface elevation 344 metres (1,129 ft) AMSL

Lake Burrendong is a man-made reservoir created by Burrendong Dam. It impounds waters on the Macquarie and Cudgegong rivers, near Wellington, in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia.

Location and features[edit]

The waters of the Macquarie and Cudgegong rivers and Meroo Creek flow into the man-made lake, which, when full, has a capacity of approximately 1,189,000 megalitres (42,000×10^6 cu ft). With a catchment area of 13,886 square kilometres (5,361 sq mi) and a surface area of 8,900 hectares (22,000 acres),[1] Lake Burrendong is a popular recreation area for fishing and tourism.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Burrendong Dam" (PDF). State Water. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Swanson, Peter (2006). "Lake Burrendong - Wellington / Mumbil, NSW". Sweetwater Fishing. Sweetwater Fishing Australia. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lake Burrendong". Crown Land: State Parks. Trade & Investment NSW, Government of New South Wales. 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsford, R.T. & Thomas, R. F. in press, The Macquarie Marshes in Arid Australia and its Waterbirds: a 50 Year History of Decline, in press, Environmental Management 19