North Dandalup Dam

Constructed in 1994, this is the newest dam serving Perth. Its attractive setting on the North Dandalup River, excellent recreation facilities, and coastal views make it a popular destination.


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 

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  • Capacity – 75 million kilolitres    
  • Catchment area – 153 square kilometres 
  • Height of wall (above lowest foundation) main dam 62 metres major saddle dam 22 metres 

What to do?

The lovely grassed area by the recreation lake is perfect for enjoying a picnic. Please use the free gas barbecues to make your own hot lunch. 

There is a recreational lake now at the former Pipehead Dam (south of the North Dandalup Dam wall). Swimming is prohibited in the recreational lake due to potential health risks. Please obey signage in the area.

Walk to the lookout between the two saddle dams to absorb brilliant views of Mandurah, Peel Inlet, and the Indian Ocean, or take a stroll across the old Pipehead Dam wall. 

After a winter of heavy rain, witness the spectacle of the overflow from a spillway carved out of the natural rock. 

Visitor information

The North Dandalup Dam is open every day of the week until 6pm (closes at 5pm in winter).

For more information please contact the Shire of Murray.  

Protecting the dams for future generations 

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

Some activities are not allowed. These include: 

  • 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 zone 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.


  • Picnic areas with free gas barbecues
  • Recreation lake 
  • Toilets (includes disabled) 
  • On-site parking


  • From Perth, take Kwinana Freeway, or Tonkin or Albany Highway to Armadale
  • Follow South Western Highway for 45km to Hines Road, North Dandalup
  • Turn left and continue for 6km until you reach the dam


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.