Wyangala dam on the Lachlan River was built between 1929 and 1935 and is used for irrigation, flood mitigation and water supply for the large town of Cowra 20 kilometres west. At the foot of the dam wall there is a substantial village with houses (some I assume are weekenders), church, conference centre, school, community hall and country club with 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and lawn bowls. At the dam itself there is a large number of cabins and camping spots to the whole area has a holiday feel about it. An information centre, kiosk and petrol station serve the campers and local community. Apparently there was an older village of Wyangala lost under the waters of the dam.
Lyndhurst (population 400) began as a rural town in the 1860s, boosted along with gold discovery in 1870. However, it really began to prosper with the arrival of the railway in 1888. Back then there were more 30 shops and services. Many of these old buildings can still be seen today. There is a hotel, a general store, church, CWA and soldiers memorial hall and quite a few houses. Lyndhurst was one of the possible sites considered for the new Federal capital which eventually went to Canberra. I'm rather happy it didn't get chosen though it is a rather nondescript country town.