Please note: Churchman Brook Dam Recreation Area is closed to the public until early November to allow for essential site upgrades. These upgrades include maintenance to the dam wall to ensure the ongoing reliability of the dam and improvements to recreation facilities on site.

Built in the 1920s, Churchman Brook Dam has always held a special charm for visitors due to its many scenic picnic spots and facilities that make it a great family day out.

Dam information

  • Capacity – 2.24 billion litres
  • Catchment area – 16km2
  • Reservoir length – 1.4km
  • Wall height (above foundations) – 26m

Visitor information


  • 5 picnic areas, most with free gas barbecues
  • grassed playing area
  • toilets (including accessible)
  • on-site parking

Playground upgrade

Water Corporation has removed the playground at Churchman Brook Dam after the wrapping at the base of a steel pipe which was part of the equipment was found to contain a potentially hazardous material.

Independent testing of the equipment and soil identified both low levels and a low exposure risk, but as a precaution we have completely removed the playground equipment and the soil in the area, and further testing was undertaken before the wider recreational area was re-opened. For more information please read our FAQs and media statement.

We will work with the community to develop ideas for a replacement playground.

Opening hours

Churchman Brook Dam is open every day of the week until 6pm (closes at 5pm from May to September).

Times may vary, for latest information please contact Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre on (08) 9394 5410.


  1. From Perth, take Albany Highway towards Armadale
  2. Just beyond Kelmscott, turn left onto Brookton Highway and follow for 5km
  3. Turn right onto Soldiers Road and follow for approximately 2km 

What to do

Enjoy the striking views with your friends and family while you relax in one of 5 picnic areas. Feel free to use the gas barbecues on your visit. Children can play on the modern playground and large grassed area.

Explore the natural bush on a marked walking trail, or check out the view from the top of the dam wall, which is accessible via a path from the picnic area at the base of the wall.

From July to November, see the spectacle of wildflower season. 


For operational enquiries please contact 13 13 75.

Map of Churchman Brook Dam

Planning a visit?

When visiting a dam, please follow these simple rules to ensure you and your family have a fun, memorable, and safe experience. 

  • Obey directional and informational signs
  • Keep to pathways, roads and recreational areas
  • Be aware of uneven ground and walking hazards
  • Children must be within view of a responsible adult at all times
  • Dogs are not permitted on site
  • Swimming, canoeing, fishing and marroning is not permitted
  • Drone use is not permitted
  • Do not climb walls, fences, bridges, pipework or other operational infrastructure
  • Do not trespass into signposted operational and ‘No Entry’ areas
  • Never attempt to operate taps, valves or controls
  • Do not deface safety and security signage
  • Keep emergency and operational access gates and roadways clear

People and domestic animals naturally carry pathogens that can be transferred into streams and reservoirs when they have contact with the water. The pathogens can be difficult to remove, putting our drinking water at risk and potentially making people sick. There are also restrictions on other activities such as off-road driving, camping, lighting fires and littering. Failure to comply with these rules may result in an infringement or prosecution.

All Perth’s metropolitan and regional dams are proclaimed Public Drinking Water Source Areas and are protected under the Metropolitan Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage Act 1909, the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947 and the Water Services Act 2012. Access is not permitted on the reservoirs or in the streams flowing into it. Failure to comply may result in prosecution.

Please report unmarked safety hazards, suspicious behaviour or pollution to 13 13 75.

For additional information about any of our dams, please call us on 13 13 85.