Not a lot of people will stumble across this site as it is not as clearly advertised as South Dandalup Dam. I know you will thank me for letting this “secret” out of the bag.
Travelling via the South Western Highway, just north of North Dandalup, take Hines Road. You can’t miss it as the picturesque Dandalup Primary School is situated on this corner. Continue on Hines Road for about 6 kilometres to the dam which is clearly signposted on this road.
Just before you cross the dam, there is a beautiful lookout constructed out of rock. The view is uninterrupted towards the Indian Ocean.
The dam was constructed in 1994 and is the newest dam to supply drinking water to Perth. It has a capacity of 75 million kilolitres.
The real attraction however can be found on the other side of the dam wall: grassed areas next to a recreation lake. It is a great spot for picnics or barbeques. Gas barbeques, toilets, shaded picnic tables and ample parking are available.
Unfortunately no swimming is allowed, but little ones can wade in the cool clear water while the bigger ones entertain themselves by sailing model boats.
A definite highlight for nature lovers is the bird life. Although hard to spot, the birds are not shy at letting their songs be heard. We were lucky enough to spot a few black cockatoos and listen to the laughter of some kookaburras.
According to those in the know, this is also a great spot to visit in winter time after heavy rain. We will come back to witness the overflow from a spillway carved out of the natural rock!