Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct upgrades

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Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct Upgrade - Sinclair Crescent Active Transport Link update

16 July 2024

Work on the first stage of upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake is in full sail with another section of the shared path along Sinclair Crescent almost complete.

On Friday 19 July sandstone edging will be installed along the path (weather permitting). ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐จ๐ง๐ž-๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ž ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š, ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐Ÿ•๐š๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ‘.๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ. Traffic controllers will be on-site to reduce disruption.

Other parts of the upgrade project at the lake are also moving ahead:

  • The main steel structure for the accessible walkway and viewing platform (pictured) is being constructed with the steel posts and beams already installed.
  • Concreting of the accessible walk to Waratah Road has been finished and handrails are currently being installed. This will be followed by electrostatic painting – which is weather and temperature dependent.

Both of the above upgrades are scheduled for completion at the end of August (weather permitting).


Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct Upgrade - Project update

16 May 2025

Construction on the first stage of upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct is progressing well and work to deliver a section of the shared path (Active Transport Link) along Sinclair Crescent is set to start. Below is an update on Stage 1 of the project.

Upgrades to the shared path along Sinclair Crescent:

Construction work on a new section of the shared path (Active Transport Link) along Sinclair Crescent, parallel to Wentworth Falls Lake, will start on Monday, 20 May 2024.

This is an important piece of work that will continue the shared path along Sinclair Crescent and provide increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Construction of the shared path will be undertaken in stages. Please see the map below.

At times, construction will require one lane of Sinclair Crescent to be closed along the work area. Traffic controls will be used to help minimise disruption during these times.

The previous length of shared path running along Sinclair Crescent (to the west of the lake precinct) was completed in 2022.

Work on this new section of the path is expected to be completed in July 2024 (weather permitting).

Above: location map for shared path construction, Sinclair Crescent.

Accessible Pedestrian Walkway and Viewing Platform:

The complex work to build the new accessible pedestrian walkway and viewing platform, along the eastern edge of the lake, is well progressed and has involved materials being transferred to the construction area via barge, from the boat ramp.

The steel components of the raised pedestrian walkway and viewing platform are currently being fabricated off-site and are anticipated to arrive on site in late May/early June. To provide the necessary support for the walkway and viewing platform, the drilling and installation of 15 concrete piers has now been completed.

Environmental protection has been front of mind since construction work started and is actively being monitored as the work continues.

Currently, construction of the accessible pedestrian walkway and viewing platform is scheduled for completion in August 2024 (weather permitting).

Accessible Walkway to Waratah Road and Waratah Road carpark:

Construction of the accessible pathway that will link the accessible pedestrian walkway and viewing platform to Waratah Road and a new carpark is 50% completed. Currently, a handrail for the pathway is being manufactured off-site and two additional concrete pours for the pathway will occur during May and June.

Work on the new Waratah Road carpark is also scheduled to start in June.

As with all the lake precinct upgrade works, effective environmental controls have been put in place to reduce impact on adjacent vegetation while the work is completed, which is anticipated to be finished in August 2024 (weather permitting).

Above: 50% completed accessible pathway to Waratah Road.

Stage 2 Works - Dam, Spillway and Boat Ramp upgrades

The Request for Tender (RFT) for the dam, spillway and boat ramp upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake is currently open and closes on Monday, 17 June.


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.

Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct Upgrade - Sinclair Crescent Active Transport Link update

16 July 2024

Work on the first stage of upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake is in full sail with another section of the shared path along Sinclair Crescent almost complete.

On Friday 19 July sandstone edging will be installed along the path (weather permitting). ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐จ๐ง๐ž-๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ž ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š, ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐Ÿ•๐š๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ‘.๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ. Traffic controllers will be on-site to reduce disruption.

Other parts of the upgrade project at the lake are also moving ahead:

  • The main steel structure for the accessible walkway and viewing platform (pictured) is being constructed with the steel posts and beams already installed.
  • Concreting of the accessible walk to Waratah Road has been finished and handrails are currently being installed. This will be followed by electrostatic painting – which is weather and temperature dependent.

Both of the above upgrades are scheduled for completion at the end of August (weather permitting).


Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct Upgrade - Project update

16 May 2025

Construction on the first stage of upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake Precinct is progressing well and work to deliver a section of the shared path (Active Transport Link) along Sinclair Crescent is set to start. Below is an update on Stage 1 of the project.

Upgrades to the shared path along Sinclair Crescent:

Construction work on a new section of the shared path (Active Transport Link) along Sinclair Crescent, parallel to Wentworth Falls Lake, will start on Monday, 20 May 2024.

This is an important piece of work that will continue the shared path along Sinclair Crescent and provide increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Construction of the shared path will be undertaken in stages. Please see the map below.

At times, construction will require one lane of Sinclair Crescent to be closed along the work area. Traffic controls will be used to help minimise disruption during these times.

The previous length of shared path running along Sinclair Crescent (to the west of the lake precinct) was completed in 2022.

Work on this new section of the path is expected to be completed in July 2024 (weather permitting).

Above: location map for shared path construction, Sinclair Crescent.

Accessible Pedestrian Walkway and Viewing Platform:

The complex work to build the new accessible pedestrian walkway and viewing platform, along the eastern edge of the lake, is well progressed and has involved materials being transferred to the construction area via barge, from the boat ramp.

The steel components of the raised pedestrian walkway and viewing platform are currently being fabricated off-site and are anticipated to arrive on site in late May/early June. To provide the necessary support for the walkway and viewing platform, the drilling and installation of 15 concrete piers has now been completed.

Environmental protection has been front of mind since construction work started and is actively being monitored as the work continues.

Currently, construction of the accessible pedestrian walkway and viewing platform is scheduled for completion in August 2024 (weather permitting).

Accessible Walkway to Waratah Road and Waratah Road carpark:

Construction of the accessible pathway that will link the accessible pedestrian walkway and viewing platform to Waratah Road and a new carpark is 50% completed. Currently, a handrail for the pathway is being manufactured off-site and two additional concrete pours for the pathway will occur during May and June.

Work on the new Waratah Road carpark is also scheduled to start in June.

As with all the lake precinct upgrade works, effective environmental controls have been put in place to reduce impact on adjacent vegetation while the work is completed, which is anticipated to be finished in August 2024 (weather permitting).

Above: 50% completed accessible pathway to Waratah Road.

Stage 2 Works - Dam, Spillway and Boat Ramp upgrades

The Request for Tender (RFT) for the dam, spillway and boat ramp upgrades at Wentworth Falls Lake is currently open and closes on Monday, 17 June.


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.

  • New accessible pathway

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    The next stage of the Wentworth Falls Lake Park upgrade is about to begin.

    The focus of this upgrade is the construction of a fully accessible bridge, extending across the top of the spillway to a walkway on the north side of the lake, and featuring a dual level viewing platform.

    The bridge and accessible pathway, that will be around 2 metres wide and span about 56 metres, will deliver an impressive and enhanced viewing experience of the lake for locals and visitors.

    Let us know what you think of the designs via the mini survey below, by 18 February.

    The new bridge will make it possible for the whole community to access one of the best vantage points from which to enjoy views over the lake.

    The upgrade follows the construction of a brand new play space at the lake foreshore in 2021 and will be accompanied by improved pedestrian access from Blaxland Road to the lake in 2022 (see more on this project here).

    The bridge is part of the Wentworth Falls Masterplan and Plans of Management, adopted in 2021 after extensive consultation with the community.

    District Parks are high quality parks that cater to the needs of the broader community and visitors, offering a wide variety of activities and settings. There are four district parks in the Blue Mountains: Glenbrook Park, Butttenshaw Park, Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, and Wentworth Falls Lake Park. All have received, or will receive, a major upgrade as part of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program.

    Take our survey by 18 February 2022

  • Plan of Management and Masterplan adopted by Council on 29 June 2021

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    Wentworth Falls Lake Plan of Management and Masterplan adopted by Council on Tuesday, 29 June

    On 29 June 2021, following an extensive public exhibition and consultation period, Council adopted the Wentworth Falls Lake Plan of Management and Master Plan. These plans were adopted with a minor amendment relating to events.

    The Council resolved that events will be limited to 500 people at any one time and will follow the events booking process which will consider noise, parking and residential amenity.

    Council also resolved to prioritise a parking precinct plan for the area around the lake and to seek grants to complete the loop walk.

    You can view the final Wentworth Falls Lake Plan of Management and Master Plan by clicking on these links or by going to the Document Library to the right of this page.

    Blue Mountains City Council would like to thank the community for your ongoing interest and input into this important community space.

  • Revised Plan of Management and Masterplan to be presented to Council on Tuesday, 29 June

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    The draft Plan of Management and draft Masterplan for Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve have been slightly modified as a result of comments received during the exhibition phase. The revised versions will be presented at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, 29 June for adoption.

    The Plan of Management and Masterplan documents for adoption, can be viewed by clicking on the links (bolded) or by going to the document library.

    Members of the public are welcome to address this meeting either for or against any aspect of the documents. Please note that this will be your last opportunity to have input into the overall management of Wentworth Falls Lake. Other opportunities for input will arise when funding is identified and the detailed design of components is underway.

    If you wish to attend the meeting, you will need to register at the Council Chambers between 6.45pm to 7.20pm on 29 June or you can download and complete the registration form here. Registrations must be sent to council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au by 4pm on the day of the Council Meeting.

  • 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 โ€“ 11am.

    Alternatively, you can come to the drop-in session at any time from 11am โ€“ 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 โ€˜Everyone Can Playโ€™ grant which will top up Councilโ€™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 โ€˜Everyone Can Playโ€™ grant which will top up Councilโ€™s contribution of $400 000 to make this happen.

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