The complex that makes up Wayatinah – posting 6 of 7

Wayatinah Dam

Instead of driving back to the Lyell Highway straight away, Andrew and I took a detour left off Long Spur Road and arrived at an impasse with the Wayatinah Dam ahead.  I had hoped we could drive across but this wasn’t to be.

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Nevertheless the water level was low and it was easy to walk across and connect with the road from Wayatinah township a few kilometres away.

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Decades ago thousands of tonnes of rock had been blasted to create a slipway beyond the Dam and the Lagoon. The scale of that effort was very impressive.  Clearly huge volumes of water had passed over the Dam in the past; these hard volcanic rocks were somewhat smooth.

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Wayatinah Lagoon backed up to the dam wall.

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Looking across the Lagoon gave me an immense sense of calm.

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Examples of the flowering vegetation:

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Later we drove through the Wayatinah township.  Michelle’s aerial photo shows the town on a cleared hill with some of the Wayatinah Lagoon visible.

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After passing through the town, we proceeded down to the dam wall and were met with locked gates.

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A sense of the scale of the town in relation to the Lagoon in relation to the Dam can be seen in my aerial photograph.

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