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contributed by rhump on 04-Oct-2010
Burrendong's the Best
Lake Burrendong is in Central West NSW. Wellington is the closest town, 35km north/west. The village of Mumbil is approx 10km from the dam wall & the main basin. It is a convenient supply stop for basic conveniences. There is a pub & store.
Burrendong State Park incudes camping, caravan sites & some on site caravan/cabin hire. All basic facilities are available. A kiosk supplies food & fuel.
Mookerawa Waters Park is another part of Burrendong State Park. Mookerawa is located up the Macquarie River & can be easily accessed via the village of Stuart Town. Stuart Town is approx 90km north of Orange (via the Burrendong Way) & approx 30km south of Wellington (via Mumbil).
Stuart Town (previously named Ironbark) is home to The Ironbark Inn. Ironbark was made famous in the Banjo Patterson poem "The Man from Ironbark". The Ironbark Inn provides a traditional pub experience & there's always a warm welcome.
A take away/grocery/fuel store does great burgers & there's also an internet cafe & a post office.
There is also a State Park located up the Cudgegong River which can be accessed from the Mudgee district.
Entry/camping fees apply to the State Parks.
Lake Burrendong was constructed to provide flood mitigation & secure water supply for communities & irrigators down the Macquarie River. It has also become a source for environmental flows into the Maccquarie Marshes. The dam was completed in the late 1960's. It quickly became a popular spot for recreation.
Drought over the last decade has kept water levels low & made it a spot for only the keenest of users. In 2010 much needed & appreciated rain has seen Lake Burrendong fill to 98% of capacity. While the dam was empty remnants of the farms, roads, houses, machinery, fences & mining activity could be seen. Gold has played an important part in the history of Burrendong/Mookerawa/Stuart Town/Upper Macquarie River & people still chase it today.
Presently the Lake & surrounds look a picture. Flora & fauna are making up for lost time post drought. I noticed wildflowers I haven't seen in years & a pair of nesting sea eagles on my latest trip. From my boat I spied an echidna swimming across the Upper Macquarie. They should leave the the swimming to their Platypus cousins.
The reptiles are out & there's always plenty of lizards to see in the warmer weather. If you make plenty of noise the snakes will give you a wide berth. True of any bush setting.
The birdlife is thriving with lots of common species & plenty of things I can't name but enjoy watching.
Tourist info is available in Wellington & Orange.
A gem of the Central West Lake Burrendong has been my favourite getaway spot for all of my life.
Check it out.

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