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: 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 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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Dam information 

  • 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. 

Formed from the former Pipehead Dam, the recreation lake is a great place to sail model boats, wade in the water, or play beach games.

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).


  • 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