The Wellington Dam has an extensive pioneering history and heritage involved with the construction. You can learn about this when you visit the Living Windows interpretation series. The Wellington reservoir harnesses the most productive catchment in the South West, providing valuable water for irrigation and domestic consumption. There is even a long-standing hydroelectric turbine powered by the headwaters. Although less often in recent times, the dam does occasionally overflow with water cascading over the entire length of the of the wall, an experience that is not to be missed!
There are special views from many places in the Wellington Dam Precinct but the Water Corporation's Dam Lookout gives you the impression that you are suspended over the valley. It provides particularly spectacular views over the dam wall and Collie River Gorge. The lookout is a short stroll from the Wellington Dam Kiosk, where there is ample parking.
The Wellington Dam Precinct lies at the end of Wellington Dam Road approximately 15km from the Coalfields Highway. The Wellington Dam Road, itself is a pleasant drive through mixed rural and natural forest landscapes.
The area provides an abundance of picnic areas, swimming holes and bushwalking trails, as well as stunning walks along the banks of the Wellington Dam.
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