Harding Dam

Harding Dam is the preferred drinking water source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme, which services the towns of Dampier, Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.


Please note: There are some instances when our dam recreation areas will be closed, particularly in summer when there may be a bushfire risk. Before planning a visit to one of our dams, phone us 24 hours on 13 13 75 or check our Facebook page for a post about dam closures.

Harding Dam

Dam information

  • Capacity – 64 billion litres
  • Catchment area – 14 square kilometres
  • Height of wall (above foundations) – 52 metres

Located 23 kilometres south-east of Roebourne, Harding Dam was built in 1984 and is an important water source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme.

What to do

Enjoy the Harding Dam recreational area, which includes barbecues, toilets, gazebos and a lawn area. Please do not camp, swim, or bring animals with you to the recreational area and follow directions from the signs at all times.

View from the recreational area at Harding DamIn order to protect the water source from contamination, there is a 2 km reservoir protection zone around the high water mark of the dam. Please always follow the direction of the signs around the catchment. Failure to comply may result in fines of up to $5,000.

Visitor information

Open every day of the week from 8am to 5pm. Recreational areas are open between 9am and 5.30pm.


  • Picnic areas with free barbecues and picnic tables
  • Lawn area
  • Toilets (including disabled)
  • On-site parking


  • From Karratha, take the North West Coastal Highway towards Roebourne
  • At Roebourne, turn right onto the Harding Dam access road and follow the signs for approximately 29km

The public access road to Harding Dam is via Roebourne. Please do not use the maintenance track as it is not regularly maintained and is for authorised access only.