Just a couple of minutes from Big Brook Dam, and forming part of the Karri Forest Explorer Drive, is Big Brook Arboretum.

Located in the heart of the Big Brook State Forest, Big Brook Arboretum is an amazing mix of tree species from Australia and overseas that were planted at the Arboretum in the 1930s to study their growth and response to the local soil and climate so their potential plantation value could be determined. A bushwalking trail will take you through a grove of sequoias and American redwoods, past spotted gums from New South Wales and through natural karri forest as you circle back to the picnic area.

The Arboretum is an ‘open’ campground that can accommodate tents, campervans, camper trailers and caravans. There are 7 caravan sites, 6 tent sites and an overflow area for peak periods. Unlike many National Parks, dogs are permitted at Big Brook Arboretum but must be on a leash at all times. You can’t make a bookings for the Arboretum so make sure you arrive early to secure your spot.

Picnic tables, barbecues and toilets are provided, and campfires are permitted in the provided fire rings between 15 April and 30 November so remember to pack your firewood! Remember that when fire restrictions are in place, campfires must not be lit and any appliance powered by burning solid fuel must not be used. Always comply with any instructions at campgrounds and parks. Campers’ own liquid or gas fuel barbecues, stoves and heaters can be used at any time, unless a total fire ban has been declared.

Big Brook Arboretum is the perfect spot for birdwatching as Big Brook State Forest is home to a diverse range of bird species. Delight in spotting various birds, including honeyeaters, parrots, and kookaburras in the forest’s serene atmosphere.

While staying here, a highly recommended activity is to visit Big Brook Dam. This scenic location offers various opportunities such as swimming, canoeing, and fishing. You can also pack a picnic and relish the serenity of the surroundings. Additionally, there is a trail encircling the dam that is perfect for walking or cycling.

Need to know

Dog Friendly

Dogs are permitted on a lead at Big Brook Arboretum and Big Brook Dam but are not permitted on the beach.

Park Entry Fee

Camping fees apply at Big Brook Arboretum


Yes, long drop toilet


Picnic Tables



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