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Shannon Dam Walk Trail, Shannon NP

Bush Walk inSouth West

Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • 1-3 hours
  • 4.5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

Get away for a day at Shannon – the one time timber town, now a popular tourist destination deep in the heart of the Shannon National Park. The Shannon Dam Walk Trail is an easy 4.5 kilometre return stroll with gentle slopes.

Visitors can enjoy a range of recreational activities from canoeing/kayaking, swimming, cycling and bush walking.
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Shannon Day Use Area in Shannon National Park, 348 km (4 hours) south of Perth

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Shannon Day Use Area in Shannon National Park

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To get to Shannon, head north-east of Pemberton to the South-West Highway and turn right, or drive south to Northcliffe then head east. 

You can start this walktrail from either the Shannon Dam or the Shannon Campground. 

After a peaceful picnic or barbecue lunch, take a step back in time. As you wander along the river to the dam, you walk through history; through forests that were the life-blood of the mill town. These have re-grown and again provide pure, natural enjoyment for today’s generations.  

As you walk, try to spot remnants of the railway line, built almost entirely by hard, physical labour, and which transported the huge logs.  Now, this line is being quietly invaded and reclaimed by the surrounding forest, and will disappear – to be remembered only, perhaps, by the ghosts of this once flourishing timber town.

The Shannon Dam, set against a backdrop of tall karri forest, was a vital water supply for the townspeople and the mill.  It was also a favorite picnic place, and families today still find it an ideal spot for fishing, canoeing, swimming, marroning, or simply watching reflections of the towering trees, and the woodswallows gliding and dipping to drink from the dam.

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Time / Duration

About 2 hours


4.5km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Shannon Day Use Area in Shannon National Park, 348 km (4 hours) south of Perth

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Shannon Day Use Area in Shannon National Park

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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.


Some of the facilities are available at the Shannon Camp Ground.
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled

Best time of year

All year round


National Park fees

Trail Access

Drive or bus to Pemberton. No transport from Pemberton to Shannon Dam.

Prohibited Items

No pets
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