Serpentine Pipehead Dam

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


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

  • Capacity – 3.14 million kilolitres    
  • Catchment area – 28 square kilometres 
  • Reservoir length – 6 kilometres
  • Height of wall (above lowest foundation) – 16 metres 

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! 

Visitor information 

The dam is a part of Serpentine National Park, therefore entry fees apply. 

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


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


  • 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 

For further information about the Serpentine Falls, please visit our Serpentine Main Dam page.

Protecting the dams for future generations 

Enjoy visiting Serpentine Pipehead 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.


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.