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Victoria Reservoir Walk Trail

  • Half day
  • 7.2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

The start point for the trail is the carpark before the gates into the Reservoir. Note that the gates to the reservoir close at 5.00pm.  In the heart of the Perth Hills, the Victoria Reservoir Trail is a hilly moderately difficult, seven-kilometre loop taking in the relics of the first dam ever constructed in Western Australia and the surrounding bushland.  Admire the old dam wall as well as taking in the replacement Victoria Reservoir.

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Masonmill Rd, Carmel - 30km (40mins) east of Perth

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The Victoria Reservoir Trail is a challenging hike through a historic part of the Perth Hills. Taking in the ruins of the old Victoria Dam that was completed in 1891, enjoy exploring this important part of Western Australian history using the information boards provided. An area of the old dam wall has been preserved and a grassed picnic area has been created under the new Victoria Dam wall.

Starting at the top of the valley, the trail descends down into the catchment area and eventually takes you back up to the start point through scenic Australian bushland. Watch the bush come alive in spring as the wildflowers bloom in a variety of colours all over the forest floor.

Perth Hills Visitor Centre

(08) 9257 9998

Other Links

  • The Life of Py

    Visit The Life of Py for a hiker's experience of the Victoria Reservoir Walk Trail along with plenty of photos.

  • Experience Perth

    Comprehensive information on the Perth region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.

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Time / Duration

2 - 4 hours


7.2km loop

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Masonmill Rd, Carmel - 30km (40mins) east of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.


  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

May to November

Trail Access

Access by car only

Prohibited Items

No dogs allowed.
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3 trail goers have rated Victoria Reservoir Walk Trail as 4.67 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.

Charli Smith

Reviewed 23 Jun 2018, 10:47am

An easy and pleasant walk, with many points of interest along the way and no difficulty with navigation.
Lisa West

Reviewed 5 Mar 2018, 10:55am

Peaceful, easy walk. Do it early in the morning and have the trail to yourself
Peter Lee

Reviewed 17 Feb 2018, 2:42pm

Walked this trail on the 17/2/18. Temperature was about 27. This is an easy trail with long sections of wide flat gravel track. There are a few short sections that are rocky but still easy. The trail is not well signed so MAKE SURE YOU PRINT OUT THE PDF map and instructions from the site and read them before you start as there are a few points where you can make the wrong turn. Better still load the GPS file from the site into your device. I did both and referred to them many times. There are a number of interesting sites along the way including the Victoria Dam, a historic timber bridge (which apparently is the "oldest surviving all-timber bridge in Australia") and a few old shacks. The bush is typical of the area including rocky outcrops. I'm a 54 year old male of reasonable fitness and it took me a total of 1 hr 45 mins. My moving time was 1 hr 24 mins. Total distance was 7.5 kms. Worth doing once but probably not twice although I will take my wife there as it is a good beginners trail.

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