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Big Brook Dam information bay or picnic area, 5kms from Pemberton which is 330km (4 hours) south of Perth
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Big Brook Dam information bay or picnic area
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About Big Brook Dam, Pemberton
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.
Be trail ready for Big Brook Dam, Pemberton
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Time / Duration
Up to 1 hour
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
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.
FacilitiesFully 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
Drive or bus to Pemberton. Drive from Pemberton to Big Brook Dam.
Prohibited ItemsDogs on leads permitted.
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Big Brook DamExplore the Big Brook Damn area via a 4km sealed walk trail that follows the shores of the dam.
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