Stirling Dam

Named after Governor Stirling, the Stirling Dam is a relatively hidden dam set in natural bushland and one of Western Australia’s key water catchment facilities.

Located approximately 17 kms east of Harvey, visitors should turn onto Weir Road from the South Western Highway and then right onto Stirling Dam Road and Lancaster Road.  Note: the last 7 kms is unsealed.

Construction of the Dam started in the 1940s to supplement the Harvey Weir by channeling water through a gravitational system. With a capacity of 57,000 megalitres and an area of around 320 hectares, it now provides water for the Perth metro area.

There is a large BBQ, picnic gazebo, parking and toilets. At the south side of the Stirling Dam over the wall, a walking trail follows the dam overflow course, approximately 500m circuit or 15 minutes.

Other features are abundant wildflowers in August, September, and October.

Fishing and marroning are no longer permitted at Stirling Dam and the Harvey River upstream of Stirling Dam. This is to safeguard the quality of water.

Camping, boating, hunting, swimming/wading, dogs, horses, or off-road vehicles are also not allowed.



  • Public toilets
  • Family-friendly
  • Car park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic facilities

Stirling Dam

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