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 are closed, particularly in summer when there may be a bushfire risk. We endeavour to update our website should this occur, but it's a good idea to check the emergency.wa.gov.au website for any National Park closures before planning a day out – if the park is closed, the dam areas will be as well.
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- 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.
In 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.
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.