Canning Dam

Located on the Canning River approximately 33km from Perth, this dam combines scenic beauty with fascinating Western Australian history and is one of our most important reservoirs.


Please note: picnic and recreational areas at Western Australian dams managed by Water Corporation will be closed from Monday, 30 March 2020, in line with advice to cease non-essential travel. For more information visit our latest updates page.


Dam information

Dam wall at Canning Dam

Dam wall at Canning Dam

  • Capacity – 90.5 million kilolitres  
  • Catchment area – 730 square kilometres 
  • Reservoir length – 11 kilometres

What to do?

Enjoy a picnic lunch. We recommend the lower picnic area where the creek flows through; it is a stunning spot to eat your barbecue lunch. Be sure to take a photo! 

Follow a walking trail that is specially designed to take you past historical features, such as the old contour channel and stilling chamber.

Prefer a leisurely stroll? Some walk trails are short, just for you. Feel more energetic? Try our longer trails. You can also take walks across the dam wall to enjoy lookouts.  

This area has abundant native birdlife for you to search for. You might also catch a glimpse of a kangaroo in the early morning.

Visitor information 

Park area at Canning Dam

Park area at Canning Dam

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

Please note, times may vary, please contact Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre on (08) 9394 5410 for more information.


  • Picnic areas with free gas barbecues and drinking water
  • Toilets (includes disabled)
  • On-site parking  


  • From Perth, take Albany Highway towards Armadale 
  • Just beyond Kelmscott, turn left onto Brookton Highway and follow to Roleystone
  • Turn right onto Croyden Road and follow the signs for approximately 9km

Protecting the dams for future generations 

Enjoy visiting Canning Dam and its surrounding water catchment area and please stay safe.

Some activities are not allowed. These include: 

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  • swimming 
  • camping 
  • fishing
  • hunting 
  • boating.

Please leave dogs and other pets at home. 

Comply with all signs and keep to the designated recreation areas, pathways and roads. Additionally, always observe the 2km exclusion zine upstream of the dam wall - this helps protect the water source from contamination. 

Please report all safety hazards, suspicious behaviour or pollution by calling 13 13 75. 

Please do not: 

  • disturb the wildlife 
  • climb on the pipework or other operational infrastructure 
  • climb walls, fences or bridges 
  • deface safety and security signs 
  • trespass into signposted operational and no entry areas 
  • attempt to operate taps, valves or controls
  • block emergency and operational access gates and roadways with vehicles.


For operational enquiries please contact 13 13 75.

Can I fly my drone at the dam?

Important information about drone usage
Unless authorised, the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles is strictly prohibited.