Water Research Laboratory

Home to the largest and most comprehensive hydraulics laboratories in Australia.

Water Research Laboratory

We are a specialist fundamental and applied research organisation, focusing on issues related to water. For more than 60 years our team has tackled complex challenges in areas of coastal, environmental and eco-engineering, hydrology, water resources, hydraulics and groundwater.

Networks and collaboration
Our team successfully bridge the gap between industry and academia.
World-class hydraulics laboratories
World-class work environments allow for world-class work to thrive.
Specialist equipment
We have the equipment and knowledge to collect and analyse real-world data.


About us

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney, our globally-esteemed laboratory is home to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and personnel comprising the most experienced and creative problem solvers in their respective areas of research and industry.

Our expertise

Our team successfully bridge the gap between industry and academia. Through our networks, partnerships and collaborations we are engaged with industry, government and the community. Our expertise is built up over 60 years.

Facilities & equipment

We're one of the only organisations in the Oceania region with large-scale laboratory spaces and expertise to provide commercial physical modelling services for our clients. 

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