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Dick Lofthouse Rotary Walk, Harvey

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 1.9 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

This moderately difficult 1.9 kilometre trail takes you up to the top of the Harvey dam, across the dam wall and down the other side.  Enjoy amazing views over the dam and out across the farmland to the west, all the way to the coast. In spring the wildflowers in the native gardens are spectacular.

From the top of Harvey Dam you can see right out over the picnic area and to the coast in the distance
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Trail Start

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Harvey Dam carpark, 140km (1 hour 40 mins) south of Perth. 3 km east of Harvey on Weir Road.

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The 1.9km walk starts at the car park in the picnic area below the Harvey Dam. Climbing up to the top of the dam, across the dam wall and down the other side to where you started.  Not suitable for young children or people with mobility issues.

In the 1980s a group of Harvey Rotarians, led by Mr Dick Lofthouse created a bush walk near the Harvey Dam. Dick maintained the original trail until it became part of the new Harvey Dam development. In recognition of the work and foresight of Dick and fellow Rotarians, a new walk was created including the beautiful timber boardwalk across Gibbs Pool.

The trail is easily located at the end of the carpark, below the toilets in the Harvey Dam picnic area. The first section including the boardwalk is suitable for people in wheel chairs, using mobility aids and prams.

The native gardens in the picnic area are immaculately maintained and quite spectacular in spring when the wildflowers fill the area with colourful blooms.

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Time / Duration


1.9km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Harvey Dam carpark, 140km (1 hour 40 mins) south of Perth. 3 km east of Harvey on Weir Road.

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Difficulty Notes

Most of the trail is quite easy, but there are some steep metal steps going up the dam wall that are not suited to young children and individuals with mobility problems. They may also prove challenging to people afraid of heights.

Hazards & Warnings

Take care with children near the metal steps going up the dam wall.


The picnic area and parts of the trail are accessible for people using a wheelchair or mobility aid.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Lookouts
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • View Platform

Best time of year

Any time


No fees apply

Trail Access

Road 2WD

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