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Please note: Churchman Brook Dam Recreation Area is closed to the public on Sunday 21 April 2024 to allow for urgent maintenance. We appreciate your understanding.

A high angle view of the playground and nature play area at Churchman Brook Dam
Built in the 1920s, Churchman Brook Dam has always held a special charm for visitors, with many scenic picnic spots and facilities for a great day out.


Visitor information

Opening hours

December – April hours:

Every day until 6pm. 

May – November hours:

Every day until 5pm. 

While we aim to ensure our dam sites open by 8:30am each day, opening hours may vary. The dam may also be closed at times due to maintenance or extreme weather. 

Please note that the toilets are locked when the dam closes each day.

For the latest information on opening times, or assistance during your visit to the dam, please contact 13 13 75.

To stay up-to-date on bushfire warnings and other local emergencies, visit Emergency WA.

Things to do at Churchman Brook Dam

Picnic areasBarbecuesPlaygroundToiletsParking


Map of the facilities

 A map which marks out all the areas you can access and facilities available for use at Churchman Brook Dam.


Have a picnic with a view

Enjoy the scenic dam surrounds while relaxing in one of the picnic areas. You can also fire up the barbecues for a sausage sizzle with family and friends.

Please note that the picnic areas can’t be booked and are only available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are planning a large gathering or event at the dam, you'll need to let us know in advance. Please contact our team on 13 13 75.

Walk along the dam wall and surrounds

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 or from the upper car park.

You can also explore the marked walking trails through the nearby bush, where wildflowers bloom from July to November.

Get active on the lawn and nature play areas

The dam has spacious grassed areas for a game of cricket or footy, and a nature-based playground for the kids to run wild.  

Safety information

No dogsNo swimmingNo canoeingNo fishing or marroningNo campingNo lighting firesNo off-road drivingNo drones

Please follow these simple rules to protect yourself and our water supply.

  • Keep to the permitted pathways, roads, and recreational areas as shown by the signage.  
  • Don’t climb walls, fences, bridges, pipework, or other operational infrastructure.  
  • Keep emergency and operational access gates and roadways clear.  
  • Don’t operate taps, valves or controls. 

Learn more about how we work to manage water quality.

Location and directions

Churchman Brook Dam is located in the City of Armadale, an approximate 45-minute drive south-east from the Perth CBD.
Follow the directions below to the dam or get directions from your location in Google Maps.

  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.

Planning your visit

To keep our water sources clean and safe to drink, swimming is not permitted in the reservoir or in the streams flowing into it.

To protect our water supply and local environment, dogs are not permitted at Churchman Brook Dam.

  • Bring enough food and water to stay hydrated while exploring the dam and its surrounds.
  • Be prepared for uneven ground or walking hazards by wearing comfortable and appropriate footwear.
  • Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the scenery!

Please note there may be limited or no mobile phone coverage in the area. We advise checking what network coverage is available with your mobile phone service provider ahead of your visit.

There are accessible toilets with ambulant cubicles that are in easy reach of the main car park, which also has designated accessible parking bays.

A bus bay and drop-off points, as well as bike racks, are also located in the lower picnic area.

Please see the map of the facilities for more accessibility information.

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

Learn more by exploring our rainfall and dams section.