BIG BROOK DAM

 

HEMA map reference 74/J3

 

Big Brook - Western Australia

 

GPS 34 25 02 S 116 03 38 E

 

 

 

 

Toilets available Wheel chair access provided Tables and / or seats and / or shelters provided Fire places or BBQs available Water available Tent camping sites Caravan access possible Big rig access possible Pets allowed on leash Swimming allowed Fishing allowed (some sites may require a freshwater license.) Sight seeing area Walk trails Ranger or caretaker on site

 

 

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A very popular recreation area set in the forests of the south west close to Pemberton. A sandy beach provides an excellent swimming spot and picnic facilities make Big Brook a major draw card for locals and tourists alike. There is a campsite located near by at Big Brook Arboretum which is suitable for tents, caravans and camper trailers. Fees are collected for camping.

A 4km walk trail around the dam is suitable for wheelchairs and bicycles. The dam is also stocked with trout (yes we have seen them with our own eyes) but a freshwater fishing license is required if you want to try and catch them. Marron can also be caught in season and this requires a separate license.

The dam was constructed in 1986 to suppliment water supplies in the area. Looking at all the trees around the dam today, it is hard to believe that the area was clearfelled from the 1920s. A large bushfire in the 1930s caused the remnant karri trees to set seed and we now enjoy the result of that event.

Big Brook is located on the Karri Forest Explorer Drive which takes an 85 kilometre route through the southern forests.

When driving along this route you can tune your car radio to 100 FM and get commentary about the places you visit. These will include the Gloucester Tree, the Cascades, the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree and Warren National Park

 

 

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