Please note: picnic and recreational areas at the Serpentine Pipehead Dam are currently closed. Stay up to date by visiting our latest updates.

This is the smaller of the two dams located on the scenic Serpentine River. Like Serpentine Dam, this is an important link back to Perth’s industry boom in the late 1950s and 1960s. 

Dam information

  • Capacity – 3.14 billion litres
  • Catchment area – 28km2
  • Reservoir length – 6km
  • Wall height (above lowest foundation) – 16m

Visitor information

The dam is part of the Serpentine National Park, entry fees apply. For information about Serpentine Falls, please visit our Serpentine Dam page.

Facilities

  • Picnic areas with free gas barbecues and drinking water fountains
  • Playground
  • Recreation lake
  • Toilets (including accessible)
  • On-site parking

Opening hours

Serpentine Pipehead Dam is open daily but times are seasonal, please check the Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information or call (08) 9525 2128.

Directions

  • From Perth, take the Kwinana Freeway, or Tonkin or Albany Highway to Armadale
  • Follow the South Western Highway for 18km to Jarrahdale Road
  • Turn left and continue for 5km
  • Turn right onto Kingsbury Drive and continue for 3km
  • Turn right onto Day Road

What to do?

Enjoy the natural bush theme while you have lunch in the cleared gravel picnic area surrounded by shady native plants. There is a nearby playground for kids.

Walk down the steps to the recreation lake and enjoy hours of fun sailing model boats or watching the native birdlife.

Take a nature walk on the marked trails or a trip to the Serpentine Falls for a picnic lunch with the spectacular waterfall behind you. This is a great place for a family photo!

Operations

For operational enquiries please contact 13 13 75.

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.