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Big Brook Dam, Pemberton

Bush Walk

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  • 1-3 hours
  • 4.2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

The sealed 4km Big Brook Dam Walk Track follows the shores of the dam allowing stroller and wheelchair access and is is also ideal for cycling.  The regrowth forest, now 60 years old, provides pure water, animal homes, timber and an inspiring backdrop for visitors – just as the old forest once did.

Explore the Big Brook Damn area via a 4km sealed walk trail that follows the shores of the dam.
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Trail Start

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Big Brook Dam information bay or picnic area, 5kms from Pemberton which is 330km (4 hours) south of Perth

Trail End

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Big Brook Dam information bay or picnic area

Big Brook Dam

Big Brook Arboretum: The trail will take you through a grove of sequoias, or American redwoods, past spotted gums from New South Wales and through natural karri forest as you circle back to the picnic area.
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Get into nature by driving 5km northwest from Pemberton along the scenic Rainbow Trail to Big Brook Dam.  Alternatively follow Golf Links, Mullineux and Range Roads for a more direct route.  The dam, built in 1986 to supplement water supplies to the town and trout hatchery, is an excellent spot for swimming, fishing, canoeing or sailboarding.

The Big Brook trail loops around the dam, passing through the Big Brook forest.  The forest, now 60 years old, provides pure water, animal homes, timber and an inspiring backdrop for visitors – just as the old forest once did. 

Young karri trees grow vigorously, greedily absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, to convert into cellulose and wood fibre.  By acting collectively as a carbon sink, they can help slow the projected greenhouse effect.  As you walk along the trail through the regrowth forest, keep an eye out for waterfowl on the dam, and many other forest birds, if you can’t see them, chances are you will hear them in the treetops.  Try to identify the Warren River cedar trees, before crossing Big Brook on a log bridge. 

Keep following the trail, which circles back along the other side of the dam to your starting point.  Stop at the birdhides, fishing platforms and other shelters along the way, where you will find information about the karri forest environment.  This walk is sealed all the way, and is suitable for wheelchairs.  It is also ideal for prams and cycles.

Pemberton Visitor Centre

(08) 9776 1133

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour

Length

4.2km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Big Brook Dam information bay or picnic area, 5kms from Pemberton which is 330km (4 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Big Brook Dam information bay or picnic area

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Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Facilities

Fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled

Best time of year

All year round

Fees

Trail Access

Drive or bus to Pemberton. Drive from Pemberton to Big Brook Dam.

Prohibited Items

Dogs on leads permitted.
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1 trail goers have rated Big Brook Dam, Pemberton as 4 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Jenny Jaksic

Reviewed 14 May 2016, 8:41pm

Beautiful, easy walk . It was a lovely surprise . Would highly recommend .

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