Big Brook Dam is nestled within the heart of the majestic Karri forest, which is known for its towering Karri trees and diverse flora and fauna. The dam is located approximately 15 kilometers northeast of Pemberton, in a serene and tranquil setting.

Built in 1986 to supplement the Pemberton town and Trout Hatchery water supply, the Big Brook Dam and the surrounding area offers opportunities for bushwalking, birdwatching, picnicking, and enjoying the natural beauty of the region.

The calm and serene waters of the dam provide an ideal environment for various leisure activities. Fishing is a popular pastime, with the dam being home to freshwater fish species such as trout, redfin, and marron. Anglers can try their luck from the banks, bridge, or kayak.

The dam offers well-maintained picnic areas with facilities like picnic tables, shelters, and BBQs. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely day out, surrounded by the peaceful ambiance and natural beauty of the surroundings. It’s an excellent spot for families, friends, and groups to gather, relax, and indulge in outdoor meals amidst the tranquil atmosphere. The sandy beach area is great for relaxing and swimming.

Big Brook Dam provides access to several walking trails that wind through the surrounding forested areas. These trails offer opportunities to explore the unique flora and fauna of the region, providing an immersive experience in nature. The dam is an excellent starting point for bushwalks, nature hikes, and birdwatching, allowing visitors to appreciate the biodiversity of the Karri forest. The sealed 4km Big Brook Dam Walk Trail follows the shores of the dam allowing stroller and wheelchair access, and is also ideal for cycling.

Dogs may be taken on a leash to the Big Brook Dam, but not around the beach area. No camping is available at the dam area, but is available at the Big Brook Dam Arboretum.

The scenic beauty of Big Brook Dam makes it a haven for photography enthusiasts. The calm waters of the dam reflect the surrounding forest, creating breathtaking vistas. The changing seasons bring vibrant colors, especially during autumn when the Karri trees display stunning hues. The tranquil atmosphere and scenic backdrop provide ample opportunities for capturing memorable photographs.

Whether you’re seeking outdoor recreation, nature exploration, or simply a peaceful day amidst beautiful surroundings, the dam provides a range of activities and experiences to suit every visitor’s preferences.

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

Entry to Big Brook State Forest is Free

Toilets

Toilets are available

Wheelchair accessible

There is a 3.5-kilometre sealed walk trail around the dam which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams

Parking

There is a designated parking lot - Google Map Big Brook Dam Parking

Facilities

Toilets
Shade Shelter
Picnic Table

Trails

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Big Brook Dam presents a glorious setting for a freshwater canoe. Surrounded by Karri forest, it provides an idyllic location …

Big Brook Dam – Canoeing

Type
DistanceVarious
DifficultyEasy
TimeUnder 1 hour
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The sealed 4km Big Brook Dam Walk Track follows the shores of the dam allowing stroller and wheelchair access, and …

Big Brook Dam Walk Trail

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Distance4.2km loop
DifficultyEasy
Time1-3 hours
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The Pemberton to Big Brook Dam & Return trail is a great ride out alongside the Lefroy Brook on the …

Pemberton To Big Brook Dam Mountain Bike Trail, Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

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Distance7.9km
DifficultyModerate
TimeUnder 1 hour
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The Karri Forest Explorer Drive is a self-guided drive trail that winds through some of the south-west’s most magnificent karri …

Karri Forest Explorer Drive Trail

Type
Distance86km
DifficultyEasy
TimeUnder 1 hour
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