Harris Dam Loop

2 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min

7.1 km
circuit

↑ 137 m
↓ -137 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park on Harris River Road, Harris River, this walk takes you on a circuit via Bibbulmun and Shoreline tracks, visiting Harris Dam along the way. You can walk across the dam and enjoy the open views of the lake and the woodland. Additionally, the birdlife makes it a viable walk for enthusiasts. The area around the dam also has picnic facilities if you want to eat some after or before your walk. For overnight stays, Harris Dam Campsite is open for bushwalkers. There is a shelter that can accommodate 12 people. However, the shelter might be occupied, so you can bring your own tents just in case. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.255734,116.138018)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom South Western Highway, 20, Roelands.
  • Turn on to Coalfields Highway, 107, 355 then drive for 20.9 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Gastaldo Road and drive for another 12.5 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 2.4 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 55 m
  • Turn slight left onto Hamilton Formation and drive for another 190 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Tallanalla Road and drive for another 5.1 km
  • Turn right onto Tallanalla Road and drive for another 410 m
  • Turn left onto Harris River Road and drive for another 150 m
  • Turn slight right onto Harris River Road and drive for another 60 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 105 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park on Harris River Road (approximately 200 metres north of the intersection with Collie Tallanalla Road), walk towards the black and white ‘Discover the Collie River Valley’ sign. Find the red ‘Bibbulmun Track sign and take the path to the left of it. Head along the said path to continue along Harris Dam Loop (counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Bibbulmun Track.
After another 85 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Bibbulmun Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to the Harris Dam Campsite if you want to stay overnight or just to have a stroll through the forest. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.8 km (at the intersection of Harris River Road & Bibbulmun Track) turn left, to head along Harris River Road (a vehicle track).
After another 550 m continue straight, to head along Harris River Road.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Shoreline Track & Harris River Road) turn left, to head along Shoreline Track (a vehicle track).
After another 2.8 km head through/around the gate.
Turn right.
After another 450 m turn left.
After another 15 m pass the "Harris River Dam" (75 m on your right).
After another 580 m (at the intersection of Tallanalla Road & Cooley Road) continue straight, to head along Tallanalla Road (a vehicle track).
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Bibbulmun Track & Tallanalla Road) veer left, to head along Bibbulmun Track (a footpath).
After another 370 m (at the intersection of Bibbulmun Track & Harris River Road) continue straight, to head along Bibbulmun Track.
After another 100 m come to a toilet.
Continue straight, to head along Bibbulmun Track.
After another 60 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to the Harris Dam Campsite if you want to stay overnight or just to have a stroll through the forest.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Bibbulmun Track & Harris River Road Start heading along Bibbulmun Track (a footpath).
After another 1.4 km come to a hut.
"Harris Dam Campsite".
Campsite managed byDepartment of Parks & Wildlife. This is a free campsite.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.4 km to the main route.
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Terrain
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Harris Dam Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 7.1 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 2 km (plus an extra 1.5 km along side route) from the start.

Hut: There is one 2 km (plus an extra 1.5 km along side route) from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.4 km apart with the largest gap of 5.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Hut
2 km + 1.5 km[hut]
Camp site
2 km + 1.5 kmHarris Dam Campsite
Toilet
5.9 kmHarris River Dam
Toilet
7.1 km[toilet]
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