Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct upgrades

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Stage 1 Upgrade works to commence

19 February 2024

Construction on the first stage of upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct has now commenced, providing key accessibility improvements for the community.

Stage 1 includes:

  • Construction of a new accessible walkway and viewing platform will run along the eastern edge of Wentworth Falls Lake.
  • Formalising the carpark on Waratah Road.

Impact on community access

Access along the eastern edge of the lake will be restricted throughout the project.

Stage 1 construction areas include:

  • There will be no community access to much of the east side of the lake. Initially, there will be no access to the spillway bridge and walking tracks to Waratah Road, including paths from Bellevue Rd, Apanie Ln/Lake St. However, during the first stage of construction, visitors will still be able to walk along the dam wall up to the closed spillway. When work on the dam and spillway commences, the dam wall walk will also need to close.
  • The boat ramp area will be inaccessible, as it is a designated site compound and construction material will be transported across the water.
  • The Waratah Road carpark will be inaccessible as this will also serve as a construction compound, before work is done to seal the area, providing four parking spaces (including one accessible space) and link it to the accessible walking path.

These areas will also need to remain closed for work to take place on the dam and spillway, which is anticipated to commence in mid to late 2024.

As works progress, areas may be progressively reopened to the community.

Further information about the upgrades is available in the information sheets below or in the document library to the right of the page.

A map showing the Stage 1 work area is available here.

Read the media release about the start of construction here.


Community Information Sessions

The Community Consultation Outcomes report is available here.

Thank you to everyone who came along to one of our community information sessions in November 2023.

The information and design materials that were presented and discussed at the events are available below:


We are preparing for the exciting next stage of the Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct upgrade.

Council has been working to carefully enhance the upgrade plans for Wentworth Falls Lake, in order to deliver an expanded package of works that best support the community’s vision for this iconic recreational precinct:

  • Dam upgrades: upgrade of the spillways, upstream dam wall and weir infrastructure to improve control of water levels for fire protection and community resilience. An upgraded boat ramp, landscaping and staging area for emergency vehicles will also be delivered.
  • Accessible walkway and viewing platform: a new pedestrian bridge and viewing platform, and improvements to how visitors access the northern edge of the lake to Waratah Road.
  • Precinct walk: a walk around the lake and a link to Waratah Road.
  • Carparks: new carparks on Sinclair Crescent and Waratah Road.
  • Plus upgraded precinct seating, shelters and BBQ facilities.

Council is now positioned to deliver the best outcome for the community through a broad package of upgrades that not only enhance how the lake and its surroundings can be experienced, but provide increased protections from future flood and fire events.

More information is available the News Feed below and a series of Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the right of this page.


Stay informed with updates on this project - click ‘Subscribe’ in the Stay informed box to the right.

Stage 1 Upgrade works to commence

19 February 2024

Construction on the first stage of upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct has now commenced, providing key accessibility improvements for the community.

Stage 1 includes:

  • Construction of a new accessible walkway and viewing platform will run along the eastern edge of Wentworth Falls Lake.
  • Formalising the carpark on Waratah Road.

Impact on community access

Access along the eastern edge of the lake will be restricted throughout the project.

Stage 1 construction areas include:

  • There will be no community access to much of the east side of the lake. Initially, there will be no access to the spillway bridge and walking tracks to Waratah Road, including paths from Bellevue Rd, Apanie Ln/Lake St. However, during the first stage of construction, visitors will still be able to walk along the dam wall up to the closed spillway. When work on the dam and spillway commences, the dam wall walk will also need to close.
  • The boat ramp area will be inaccessible, as it is a designated site compound and construction material will be transported across the water.
  • The Waratah Road carpark will be inaccessible as this will also serve as a construction compound, before work is done to seal the area, providing four parking spaces (including one accessible space) and link it to the accessible walking path.

These areas will also need to remain closed for work to take place on the dam and spillway, which is anticipated to commence in mid to late 2024.

As works progress, areas may be progressively reopened to the community.

Further information about the upgrades is available in the information sheets below or in the document library to the right of the page.

A map showing the Stage 1 work area is available here.

Read the media release about the start of construction here.


Community Information Sessions

The Community Consultation Outcomes report is available here.

Thank you to everyone who came along to one of our community information sessions in November 2023.

The information and design materials that were presented and discussed at the events are available below:


We are preparing for the exciting next stage of the Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct upgrade.

Council has been working to carefully enhance the upgrade plans for Wentworth Falls Lake, in order to deliver an expanded package of works that best support the community’s vision for this iconic recreational precinct:

  • Dam upgrades: upgrade of the spillways, upstream dam wall and weir infrastructure to improve control of water levels for fire protection and community resilience. An upgraded boat ramp, landscaping and staging area for emergency vehicles will also be delivered.
  • Accessible walkway and viewing platform: a new pedestrian bridge and viewing platform, and improvements to how visitors access the northern edge of the lake to Waratah Road.
  • Precinct walk: a walk around the lake and a link to Waratah Road.
  • Carparks: new carparks on Sinclair Crescent and Waratah Road.
  • Plus upgraded precinct seating, shelters and BBQ facilities.

Council is now positioned to deliver the best outcome for the community through a broad package of upgrades that not only enhance how the lake and its surroundings can be experienced, but provide increased protections from future flood and fire events.

More information is available the News Feed below and a series of Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the right of this page.


Stay informed with updates on this project - click ‘Subscribe’ in the Stay informed box to the right.

  • Public hearing and drop-in session to be held on Saturday, 8 May

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    Date: Saturday 8 May

    Venue: Main Hall, Wentworth Falls School of Arts, corner of Adele Avenue and the Great Western Highway

    Time: Public Hearing by Independent Chairperson into the categorisation of the land 10:00 till 11:00

    General information drop in session 11:00 till 2:00

    Please note that if you would like to make a formal verbal or written submission to the Independent Chairperson you will need to do this at the public hearing between 10am – 11am.

    Alternatively, you can come to the drop-in session at any time from 11am – 2pm where Council staff will be on site to answer your questions.

    If you require any further information regarding the public hearing please see the attached document entitled 'Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve Public Hearing Background Information 23 April 21'.

    Note that written submissions can be made to Council anytime during the exhibition period as outlined here.

  • How to make a submission on the draft plans

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    Use the submission form here.

    You can view the draft documents by clicking on the links here or going to the document library.

  • What is a Masterplan?

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    A Masterplan is a more detailed plan that guides future design to improve function and access, facilitate social activity and amenity for residents and visitors while recognising, respecting and enhancing the existing character. Masterplans must be endorsed by Council.

    The Masterplan for Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve considers upgrades such as a new, accessible walkway over the spillway, improvements to the dam wall, a new, accessible viewing platform, a community kick-about space, additional picnic facilities and a new multi-purpose shelter.

  • What is a Plan of Management?

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    A Plan of Management is a legal document to guide how the park will be managed. The POM divides the park into high level management zones (categories) reflecting their current use. Each zone will be managed for a different purpose; bushland, picnic areas or waterways. It establishes permissible uses, developments and the level of maintenance of the land. These plans must be endorsed by Crowns Land and Council.

    The changes permitted by the Plan of Management will enhance the space and the way the community uses it making it easier to get around, and protect the environmental values that make it so special.

  • Wentworth Falls Lake Park is getting a number of improvements, thanks to Blue Mountains City Council and grant funding

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    Everyone Can Play

    Final Design for Replacement Play Space

    Thanks to the more than four hundred people that responded to our survey in December and January, we now have the final design for the replacement play space. Council secured $200 000 through the ‘Everyone Can Play’ grant which will top up Council’s contribution of $400 000 to make this place space happen.

    It will be a fun, adventurous and fully fenced area suited to its district park status. There will be equipment from both options that went on display before Christmas, including a climbing tower, lots of swings, a giant slide and incorporating inclusive elements across the whole play space.

    Construction to commence in March 2021.

    Read more detail about the final design of the play space in the News feed below, plus you can download the design images on the right

  • Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program

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    This proposal includes an accessible walkway over the spillway, improvements to the dam wall, a new accessible viewing platform and a new multi-purpose shelter.

    The project will be funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between the Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.

  • Play Space Final Design

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    Thanks to the hundreds of people that responded to our survey, we now have the final design for the replacement play space which will include:

    • Sky climbing tower with a large tunnel slide.
    • Double slide coming off an elevated platform which connects to the Sky Climber via rope climbing access.
    • Triple bay swing set with infant seat, 2 x traditional sash swings, small nest swing and inclusive boat seat under a shade sail.
    • Bushwood balance trails and climbing nets.
    • Inclusive colourful carousel.
    • Sensory equipment such as infinity mirror, musical instruments and tactile interactive tunnel.
    • A communication board which is a helpful tool that uses symbols and images instead of words to help kids and their carers communicate.
    • Fully accessible timber decking with seating, under the tree canopy facing out toward the lake.
    • There will be areas for quiet play and downtime.
    • The soft fall will be an earthy colour.
    • Fencing around the perimeter of the play space.
    • More than 25 trees planted throughout the Wentworth Falls Lake landscape.

    To see the designs please click here

    Construction to commence in early March 2021.

    Council secured $200 000 through the ‘Everyone Can Play’ grant which will top up Council’s contribution of $400 000 to make this happen.

  • Play Space Reopened

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    The temporary soft fall patching at the kids' play space is complete and the play space reopened!

    Due to consistent rain in recent weeks, the soft fall had deteriorated quickly so a temporary fence was installed while works were undertaken to make it safe again. We will continue to monitor until the new play space is ready.

    We are currently fine tuning the designs for the new play space in this area after receiving some great feedback from the community in December and January. We look forward to sharing these with you later this month!

    The new playground is to be built in the coming months.

  • Temporary Closure

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    Due to consistent rain in recent weeks, the soft fall at the kids' play space at Wentworth Falls Lake has deteriorated quickly. A temporary fence has been put in place, while works are undertaken this week to make it safe again.

    Soft fall patching will be laid as soon as possible. It will need time to dry, and this is expected to take only a few days (depending on the weather).

    We are currently fine tuning the designs for the new play space in this area after receiving some great feedback from the community in December and January. We look forward to sharing these with you later this month!

    The new playground is to be built in the coming months.

  • Replacement Play Space Survey

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    Choose your play space!

    Council has secured funding through the 'Everyone Can Play' Grant to replace the senior play space near the toilets. The junior pirate-ship play space will remain, as it is still in good condition.

    We need you to choose your preferred option for the play space, through our survey. Both options have a nature-based style with many adventurous and inclusive elements. Let us know which option you prefer and there is some scope for mix and match, so you can also let us know which are your favourite pieces.

    View Design Option 1

    • Climbing tower and cargo nets between platforms
    • Giant nest swing and pair of traditional swings
    • Slide off platform
    • Shaded decking under trees
    • Tunnel

    View Design Option 2

    • Climbing tower and climbing trail
    • Triple bay swing set with a variety of 6 swings
    • Slide off climbing tower and double slide off gazebo
    • Shade sail over swing set and sensory elements
    • Bungalow style cubby house

    You can also view the Comparison Table to see what elements are common to both options. For more information about what an Inclusive Play Space is, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

    You can also download the colouring in sheet for the kids!

    The final design will take into account your preferences as well as being within the capacity of the allocated funding.

    The survey is open from 11 December 2020 to 17 January 2021.

    Don’t miss the chance to have your say at this popular location!

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