The Serpentine Dam is the larger of the two dams located on the Serpentine River. It was built in the late 1950’s, due to rapid industrial growth. During this time Perth urgently needed a water source for the Kwinana area, so Serpentine River became a potential water supply source. This marked the beginning of the Serpentine Scheme. The Dam was completed in 1961, and is one of the biggest dams supplying the Perth metropolitan area today! In addition to being full of history, the Dam is a beautiful scenic spot to explore with lots of natural beauty to experience. You can enjoy a stunning nature walk along the marked trails and stop by the scenic look out points to take in the surrounds and take some amazing pictures to share with family and friends back home. Walk along the main road that goes over the Dam for stunning photographs from either side! Serpentine Dam is located just a hop skip and jump away from the park so you don’t have to travel far to explore the beauty of Serpentine outside the Falls and National Park.
The Dam has plenty of amenities including a large picnic area with an adjoining playground, perfect for a sunny lunch with family and friends. There is also free gas barbecues located in the grassed lower picnic area at Serpentine Dam, downstream of the Dam wall. To get to the most popular picnic location, simply take the first right after you cross the bridge. This will take you down past the toilets and to the lower area overlooking the water flowing out of the Dam. This picturesque spot is perfect for chilling out and taking in the surrounds! We all know there’s nothing better than getting away from the city and chilling out with the ones you love. Visiting Serpentine Dam during your stay at Serpentine Falls Park Home and Tourist Village is just one way to do this! There is also an abundance of wildlife surrounding the Dam so look out for kangaroos while you’re walking around or eating lunch! You can also enjoy some native bird watching with kookaburras, black cockatoos, parrots, magpies and wrens all around the Dam. The birds are usually very friendly and are known to come up close so you can get a good look.
If you don’t feel like a picnic there is also the popular café – Café on the Dam! They provide fresh high quality products and great service to all of their customers. They have a wide variety of items on the menu such as all day breakfast, delicious scones, cakes, slices and hearty lunch options. You can even head down there to enjoy a wine or an ice-cold beer. The family who own the café take pride in being able to serve their food in such an amazing setting. They have a children’s play area to keep the kids happy and some breathtaking views that everyone will enjoy. Native birds also often visit the Café and can be fed from the veranda. The friendly staff at Café on the Dam would love to see you, so head down to Serpentine Dam and visit them while you stay with us!
Here are some fun facts about Serpentine Dam to share while you’re there!
Type: Rolled Fill Earth Dam
Capacity: 194,500,000 cubic meters
Date commenced: November 1957
Date completed: October 1961
Length at top of bank: 424m
Width at top of bank: 11m
Height: 52m (stream bed to top of bank)
Top water level: 216.98m A.H.D
Area of water basin: 1280Ha
Area of catchment: 664 km
Clean, new, peaceful, treed, friendly, many birds, well located to the falls and pubs. Even used the medical centre where the receptionist, male, plays drums with Deft Lepard in Europe this year!!! Don’t let the South Western Highway put you off, we slept like babies.
Fantastic little getaway location only one hour from Perth. Clean and tidy campsite with immaculate facilities. The kids loved the pool and open spaces to run around. Management made us feel so welcome and were very accommodating when one of our party’s tent broke on the first night. Serpentine Falls is only a short distance away and there are plenty of walking trails near by. If you are looking for a quick getaway for the weekend, I would highly recommend this spot.
Great little park with fantastic caretakers and exceptionally clean amenities. We have felt welcome and loved our Easter stay. Thank you and we’ll be back.