Windamere Dam Tranquil getaway near Mudgee

Windamere Dam
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Visit the Dam


  • Camping
  • Children's playground
  • Picnic areas
  • Toilets
  • Fishing
  • Kiosk
  • Shower facilities
  • Boat ramps
  • Water sports
  • Bushwalking

Windamere Dam is a popular inland sport and recreation destination near Mudgee, offering year-round attractions for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers. It operates in conjunction with Burrendong Dam to supply water for irrigation, stock and household needs in the Cudgegong and Macquarie valleys, as well as providing flood mitigation and environmental flows.

Windamere Dam Fact Sheet (PDF, 1426.21 KB)

Look out points

Dam wall

Drive over the dam’s spillway to access parking near the dam wall on the lake’s northern foreshore. Walk across the dam wall for views of the lake and Cudgegong Valley. The rock embankment wall is 825 metres long and 67 metres high.

Cudgegong Waters Park

Cudgegong Waters Park is situated on the lake’s southern foreshore, 13 kilometres south of the dam wall. The park offers views of the lake and valley.

Opening hours

Dam grounds

Open 24 hours a day, all year round. Entry is free.

Cudgegong Waters Park

Office is open 9am to 5pm daily. Phone 02 6358 8462. Access to boat ramp is by a coin operated boom gate.


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Windamere Dam is 30 kilometres south-east of Mudgee on the NSW Central Tablelands. The dam is 230 kilometres north-west of Sydney via the Great Western and Castlereagh highways.


  • Camping
  • Children's playground
  • Picnic areas
  • Toilets
  • Fishing
  • Kiosk
  • Shower facilities
  • Boat ramps
  • Water sports
  • Bushwalking



Restrictions are in place to protect our water supply and ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe visit - with penalties up to $44,000 applying:

  • No model aircraft or drones

Recreation Areas at WaterNSW dams will be closed on ALL Total Fire Ban days.

The Windamere Experience

Things to see and do

1. Camp

Accommodation options around the lake include cabins, onsite caravans, and powered and unpowered sites. Facilities include a small kiosk, boat ramp, children's playground, and toilet, shower and barbecue facilities.

Camp Cudgegong is a local Scout site that allows public bookings for accommodation.

2. Water sports

The lake is a popular spot for water sports including skiing, jet skis, sailing, canoeing and swimming. A boat ramp is available at Cudgegong Waters Park. Access is by a coin operated boom gate. Please note: There is no access via the WaterNSW boat ramp.

3. Fishing

Golden perch (yellow belly) is the top catch. Lake Windamere is also stocked with Murray cod and silver perch, and catfish are found in the lake. Rainbow and brown trout can be found in the Cudgegong River downstream of the dam.

Dam Summary

Metres High
Length: 825 metres
Size of lake:
20 km 2
368.12 gl total operating capacity
Catchment: 1,070 square kilometres

Facts & History

Windamere Dam is situated on the Cudgegong River 30 kilometres upstream from Mudgee and 19 kilometres south-west of Rylstone on the NSW Central Tablelands. The dam is about 230 kilometres north-west of Sydney.

The dam’s storage capacity of 368,120 megalitres is more than half the volume of Sydney Harbour.

Windamere Dam is named after a property on which it was built.

Why the dam was built

Windamere Dam was completed in 1984 to meet irrigation, stock and domestic needs in the Cudgegong Valley.

The Cudgegong Valley is renowned for its agricultural production. Water from Windamere Dam is used to irrigate grapes, fruit and vegetables, maize, grains and lucerne.

In addition to irrigated agriculture, the dam supplies water to Mid-Western Regional Council for town supplies, industry and domestic requirements, as well as providing environmental flows, flood mitigation and recreation.

Windamere Dam operates in conjunction with Burrendong Dam to supply downstream water needs in the Macquarie Valley.

How the dam was built

Windamere Dam is a rock-fill embankment with a clay core. The rock wall is 825 metres long and 67 metres high.

An unlined rock cutting spillway is located about one kilometre west of the dam wall. The cutting provided all the rock-fill needed to build the dam wall.

Construction began in 1974 and finished in 1984.

A 55-metre high control tower with variable inlets allows for the control of the quality and temperature of water releases.


In consultation with our stakeholders and the community we review and update these notifications.

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To see past notifications, please visit all dam notifications.

Dam safety notifications

Alerts will be issued in the following unlikely events:

  • When there is a reasonable possibility of dam failure.
  • State Emergency Service (SES) require advance public warning to evacuate if such a failure may occur.

Amber alert

  • Trigger - Storage level has reached Design Flood Level.
  • Notification - You are advised to move to higher ground and if necessary evacuate.

Red alert

  • Trigger - Storage level has reached crest level.
  • Notification - Residents are advised to evacuate to their designated flood assembly points.

Flood notifications

Flood notifications indicate the dam is releasing controlled or uncontrolled flows, likely to cause downstream flooding.

Flood operations

  • Trigger - Spillway flows (uncontrolled*) begin.
  • Notification - Flows of XX,000 megalitres per day are being passed.

1 in 100 year flood

  • Trigger - Spillway flows (uncontrolled*) over 42,586 megalitres per day.
  • Notification - Flows of over 42,586 megalitres per day are being passed, a 1 in 100 year flood.

* refers to automatic spillway flows at ungated dams once storage capacity exceeds 100%

High regulated release notifications

High regulated releases are when our operations may impact landholders immediately downstream or we are releasing higher than normal flows.

Normal operations

  • Range - 0 to 1,200 megalitres per day.
  • Notification - No notifications in this range after first notification (below).

Increased flows

  • Trigger - When flow increases above 1,200 megalitres per day.
  • Notification - Releases are planned to increase from XX,000 megalitres per day (ML/day) to YY,000 ML/day at 00:00 on DD/MM/YY.

More information

Bureau of Meteorology Weather forecasts and warnings BOM varies by region
NSW State Emergency Service Flood or severe weather warnings/advice NSW SES 132 500
NSW Water Information Storage levels and river heights Water info N/A
WaterNSW Algae Hotline Algal alert details and algae levels WaterNSW 1800 999 457
Early Warning Network To view or edit your registration details EWN 1300 662 077


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