Monday, February 4, 2013

Exploring Hinze Dam

After all of the recent rain it was the perfect time to visit Hinze Dam, the spillway is well and truly spilling over!

This is our first visit to Hinze Dam as a family and the first time the children have seen a dam wall on any such scale.

Inside the visitor centre there is a collection of displays, many focus on the recent rising of the dam wall.

Everyone found this interesting, step closer to the map and it shows the river dammed, step away and you can see how the river looked prior to building the dam wall.

The cycle of water within the dam catchment, as she peddled it turned revealing the cycle.

The visitor centre also houses a small cafe, we didn't purchase anything so I'm not too sure if they do full meals or only snacks. The seating area, however has a glorious view overlooking the Waterside Picnic area and the dam.

Heading down towards the water you can't help but be enthralled by the modern architecture of the visitor centre.

The large circular grassed area, what they designate as a picnic area, is perfect for cartwheels! Not sure how perfect it is for picnics? No trees, tables, chairs, BBQ's or the like!

This area was quarried for the materials needed to raise the dam wall.

Lots of lovely spots for family snapshots.

Closer to the waters edge stands this small enclosure with limited seating space. It is very much in keeping with the design of the visitor centre.

And boasts beautiful views of the dam and surrounding landscape.

Heading back towards the visitor centre we needed to cross back over the grassed picnic area. Little Surfer Dude realised he could get a bit of an echo happening from the visitor centre.

We drove the few hundred metres down to the spillway lookout. That's one pretty spectacular water slide and super noisy too boot!

I couldn't resist one last shot of these guys, can't believe how grown up they are looking.


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