Waroona Dam better known as Lake Navarino, is the perfect spot for a day trip. Only one and half hours from Perth there is so much to do and see, you won’t be disappointed. A haven for water sports enthusiasts, with plenty of recreational activities to partake in – including freshwater fishing, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing or bring your boat for a great time out on the water. There is no official ramp, but it is quite easy to reverse up to the bank and shore.
Gorgeous in Summer but just as spectacular in Winter as the rains fill the dam up and it overflows. If you are just “sight-seeing” there is a car park adjacent the Lake Navarino Campsite, down the bottom. You can then walk down to the overflow section from there. Just be warned that it is rather narrow with just the gravel verge to walk on and there is no actual designated viewing platform. As it is the main entry, do proceed with caution if on foot as cars do come over the hill quickly.
It is a lovely drive if you just want to have a look at the scenery from the car and the setting truly is breathtaking with jarrah forest and bush lands and of course the amazing display of wildflowers during Spring. There are plenty of tracks for bush walking enthusiasts of all levels and the Munda Biddi Trail passes through.Camping is permitted at the many designated unpowered camp sites scattered around the lake and fees do apply. There is an eco loo and million dollar views.
If you prefer a less rugged experience, Lake Navarino Holiday Park offers both powered, unpowered sites, cabins, cottages, park homes, motel units and even glamping accommodation to suit everyone’s needs. Drakesbrook Dam is also 5 minutes around the corner with plenty of picnic space, bbq and toileting facilities, though camping is not permitted here.Be sure to pop into the Waroona Vistiors Centre to check out all the area has to offer including the townsite itself and the amazing surrounds.A true gem of our state and worth the drive.
Where: 147 Invarell Rd, Waroona