Victoria Dam

Victoria Dam was built to serve the adjacent hills suburbs of Lesmurdie and Kalamunda, as well as Perth metropolitan area in times of peak demand.

 

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.

 

Aerial view of Victoria Dam

Aerial view of Victoria Dam

Located 30 km east of Perth in the Korung National Park is Victoria Dam.

Built in 1891, it is the first dam to be constructed in Western Australia. Victoria Dam became the main supply of drinking water for Perth and Fremantle, replacing wells and other natural sources to accommodate for the growing population.

In 1991 a new dam was constructed a little further upstream from the original dam. It was the first Roller Compacted Concrete (RRC) dam in WA, and the fifth to be built in Australia. RRC combines the advantages of a concrete dam with the efficient plant-intensive methods used to construct earthfill and rockfill dams.

A section on the walk trail will take you past a preserved section of the old dam wall and kaolin pits which was extracted for use at the brickworks in the 1960's.

Dam information

  • Capacity: 9.5 million kilolitres
  • Catchment area: 37 km2
  • Length of wall: 285 m
  • Height of wall (above foundations): 52 m

What to do?

Take a picnic, make use of the BBQ facilities and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Korung National Park. Take in the scenic bush from the lookout. Spot black cockatoos and other native wildlife that live in the area. If you visit between May and November you will be able to see the magnificant wildflower display. 

A 7 km walk trail will take you down to the catchment area. Learn about the area and history of the dam from the informative signs.

Visitor information

Pedestrain access to the Reservior is permitted only. The 7km loop to the catchment area is grade 3 and may contain steep sections and rough terrain, allow 2-3 hours to complete it, wear sun protection and take adequate water.

As this is is part of a National Park dogs are not permitted. Please note that recreational activities are not permitted on the reservoir. An exclusion zone exists around it and the streams flowing into it. 

Although it is an important part of our water supply, we restrict vehicle access to this site. Please do not use the service road. It is steep and dangerous, it provides access for our vehicles and trucks, it is not a footpath.

For information on opening hours please contact Parks and Wildlife WA.

Facilities

  • BBQ facilities
  • Picnic tables and a grassed area
  • Lookouts
  • Toilets
  • Car park

Directions

  • Turn off Canning Road (S41) on to Masonmill Road, Carmel. 
  • From the car park, you can reach the dam via the signposted walk trail.

Operations

To contact our Victoria Dam operations building please call 9293 5287.