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Winter sun lovers can now enjoy the revitalised community space around the stormwater pipe at South Steyne, Manly. Upgrade works finished recently on the design developed by Northern Beaches Council...
Ian Acworth
Emeritus Professor Ian Acworth has published a new textbook providing information on an integrated approach to the challenges associated with locating groundwater. Presenting the theoretical background and a detailed description...
Principal Coastal Engineer Matt Blacka
Congratulations to WRL Principal Coastal Engineer Matt Blacka on receiving a prestigious 2019 Endeavour Executive Leadership Award, announced last week by the Federal Minister for Education, The Hon Dan Tehan...

Upcoming events

2019 Events - Coastal Engineering Short Course

Coastal Engineering Short Course

9 September 2019 to 10 September 2019

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Our hydraulics laboratories are the largest and most comprehensive in Australia; containing a variety of standard facilities in addition to open space, which is used for project specific construction of large scale physical models.

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WRL is at the cutting edge of the science and engineering of wetland restoration and rehabilitation. Over the past 15 years we have undertaken on-ground projects to rehabilitate, repair and restore large wetlands across Australia.

About us

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Ian Turner 2017 web

Director of the Water Research Laboratory.

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The largest and most sophisticated 2D wave flume facility in the Australia/Pacific region.


Professional UAV monitoring for a wide range of engineering and scientific applications.