Danjera Dam

Danjera Dam Recreation Area at Yalwal is a popular recreation area. With its wide-open spaces and bushland setting it's the perfect spot to relax and get back to nature. Popular activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing and wildlife spotting.

Danjera Dam

Danjera Dam - Open for Day Use Only

Users are advised that following a Council resolution in November 2020, the Danjera Dam Recreation Area at Yalwal is open to the public for Day Use Only, no camping is allowed at any time. 

Please note that Council's Rangers patrol the area and may issue penalty notices to anyone found camping. 

Where is Danjera Dam?

Located around 30km west of Nowra, Danjera Dam is an isolated location surrounded by native bushland and access is via a single dirt road. The dam’s waters cover an old gold mining town called Yalwal. Visitors come to the area for activities such as bushwalking, kayaking, swimming and fishing. As the dam is a water supply to the Shoalhaven, motorboats are not permitted on the dam at any time.

During severe fire periods the area will be closed to visitors and anyone already onsite during a fire event will be instructed to leave. Before visiting the area, it is advised to check the NSW Rural Fire Service website, monitor local signage, or keep an eye on this website for the latest updates. 

There is no electricity, drinking water, mobile phone or internet reception available in the area.

Vehicle Access

Driving in the Yalwal and Danjera Dam area is only permitted on designated tracks, roads and within the parking areas. 

There are areas in the surrounding bushland that are prohibited to vehicle access, including vehicles such as 4WD’s and motorbikes. Police and Rangers monitor the area regularly and all vehicles to the area must be registered, and all drivers must hold a valid driver’s licence.

Know the rules before you go

Danjera Dam is currently for day trippers only, camping is not permitted. The area is patrolled by Shoalhaven City Council Rangers who may issue penalties to those not obeying the rules.

Council has resolved to redevelop the camping area to include defined campsites, a boat launching area and picnic shade shelters. To find out more, follow the links in the Related Documents section of this page.