The Ophthalmia Dam is a popular recreation spot where you can enjoy views across the water.
The Dam is a spectacular oasis, formed when a branch of the Fortescue River was dammed in 1981.
Only 20 minutes from town, Ophthalmia Dam was constructed to recharge the underlying aquifer that supplies Newman’s water supply. The dam is filled by the Fortescue River and Warrawanda Creek during the wet season.
The dam is a great picnic spot and very popular for kayaking and canoeing. It is also a great place to observe bird life, with black swoften frequenting the dam. Spangled perch and the Fortescue Grunter as well as other species of perch are often seen from the dam wall.
Please note that swimming is NOT allowed at Ophthalmia Dam.