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Harris Dam Walk, Collie

  • Half day
  • 7.4 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

Harris Dam to the Harris Dam campsite is one of several day walks on the Bibbulmun Track. This section is 7.4 km return and passes through mixed forest of jarrah and marri, with an understory of many flowering shrubs and orchids. This is an easy overnight option if you are new to walking.

The Harris Dam is surrounded by beautiful forest land
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Harris Dam, 192 km (2 hours and 15 minutes) South of Perth. 15 minutes from Collie

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Harris Dam Campsite (walker access only)

You can park your car here while walking the trail

Rabbit orchids (Caladenia menziesii) are identified by the red ear-like petals on the flowers, which appear from September to October. The scientific name is for botanist Archibald Menzies who collected the species during Vancouver's voyage of 1790-95. Yellow flag (Patersonia umbrosa) is a perennial herb, 30-90cm high with strappy green leaves to 60cm long and yellow or purple flowers from August to December. The unusual flowers of bird orchid (Pterostylis barbata) appear from July to early October. Milkwort (Comesperma virgatum) is an erect, slender shrub, 0.3-1.6 metres high with pink flowers from September to March. Western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus) are common in this area. They weigh 28-54 kg and are 0.84-1.1m in length, with a 80-100 cm tail, and stand approximately 1.3m tall. Motorbike frogs (Litoria moorei) breed from early spring through to late summer. The male's mating call sounds like a motorbike changing gear. Their diet consists mainly of arthropods, but also includes smaller frogs, including juveniles of the same species. The blue tongue lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) has a heavily armoured body and can be found in various colours, ranging from dark brown to cream. It has a short, wide stumpy tail that resembles its head and may confuse predators. The tail also contains fat reserves, which are drawn upon during hibernation in winter. This skink is an omnivore that eat snails and plants and spends much of its time browsing through vegetation for food. It is often seen sunning itself on roadsides or other paved areas.

Harris Dam was opened in 1990 to supply high quality drinking water to the Great Southern region. A delightful picnic site at the base of the dam wall offers barbeques, tables, sections of boardwalk and toilets.

You can walk across the dam wall to view the overflow during winter. You obtain good views across Lake Ballingall, formed by the damming of the Harris River in 1990 to supply drinking water to the Great Southern after the water in nearby Wellington Dam became too saline. The dam wall is 34m above ground level and the storage capacity is 72,000 ML. The area surrounding the dam is a 'water catchment' and a natural conservation area. To protect the quality of the water and the flora and fauna of these areas, please keep to the paths. Please note that no water-based activities, including wading, swimming, fishing, marroning and boating, are permitted. Camping is also prohibited here.

On this small footbridge in 1997, the then Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Richard Court, opened the northern half of the new Bibbulmun Track.

Named after the Dam, the Harris Dam shelter was built by the Collie Combined Service Clubs in 1996. The Stretch design sleeps 12.
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This is one of many day walks possible on the Bibbulmun Track, which stretches 1000km from Kalamunda on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast.

This day walk starts from Lake Ballingall and Harris Dam. You can walk across the dam wall to view the overflow during winter, and then walk through the parks and gardens to the picnic area. From the dam the Track enters mixed forest of jarrah and marri, with an understorey of many flowering shrubs and orchids. It takes around an hour to reach the Harris Dam Campsite, the perfect spot for lunch.

If staying overnight, the shelter sleeps up to 12 - but always take a tent in case its full. Groups of 8 or more should register with the Bibbulmun Track Foundation to prevent overcrowding.

The Bibbulmun Track offers a wide range of experiences, from a gentle stroll to enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural environment, to an epic eight week adventure camping out at the 49 campsites and enjoying the hospitality of nine communities along the way. Those that walk every step of the way can be registered as end-to-enders.

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Time / Duration

4 hours return

Length

7.4km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Harris Dam, 192 km (2 hours and 15 minutes) South of Perth. 15 minutes from Collie

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Trail End

Harris Dam Campsite (walker access only)

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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.

Facilities

The picnic site at the base of the dam wall has barbecues, tables and toilets. There's a toilet and water tank at Harris Dam campsite. Please take your own water and leave the tank water for long distance walkers.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

April to December

Fees

No fees apply

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets
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