Danjera Dam

Danjera Dam is a place of historic and environmental significance and continues to play an important role in the Shoalhaven's water supply. It is a popular fishing and camping location however due to various circumstances, the area is closed to all visitors. 

Danjera Dam

When will Danjera Dam reopen?

On Tuesday 10 November, Council resolved to reopen Danjera Dam and Yalwal Campground area for day use only. The site is now being prepared for reopening; access for day use is planned to commence within weeks. Rangers continue to patrol the area and may issue penalty notices to anyone found camping.  

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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

Due to some visitors who display anti-social and at times dangerous behaviour, the camping areas are patrolled by Shoalhaven City Council Rangers. Recent community consultation regarding use of the area includes a proposed Alcohol-free Zone.

Firewood is not provided so come prepared. It is an offence to lop or cut down trees or surrounding vegetation and penalty notices will be issued. We ask you observe all onsite signage including fire ban notifications. Campsite fires must be contained and completely extinguished prior to sleeping or vacating the area.

Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and this includes threats, vandalism, violence, excessive noise or misuse of firearms.

Follow this link to review the Campsite Rules