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Rocky Creek Dam

Rocky Creek Dam needs your eyes and ears!

Rocky Creek Dam in northern New South Wales.

Scientists do not have enough information about the impact of climate change on our plants and animals. Rocky Creek Dam in northern NSW is an ideal spot to monitor species and bridge this information gap, but we need your help.

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre and Rous Water have developed a ClimateWatch trail at Rocky Creek Dam that can be used by students and members of the public. Enjoy the many walking paths around Rocky Creek Dam and contribute to scientific research at the same time.

 Platypus walk sign

The start of Playtpus Walk, part of the Rocky Creek Dam ClimateWatch trail.

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre (EEC) is a Department of Education facility that specialises in environmental education and field work in various location in the Northern Rivers. Rocky Creek Dam is situated less than 5 KM from the Centre and is a popular location for field trips for students K-12. The centre also assists schools in sustainability and environmental curriculum planning and in the development of school environmental management plans.

Rous Water is the regional water authority for the Council areas of Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond Valley in Northern NSW.  They provide water to over 100, 000 people, mainly from Rocky Creek Dam. The water catchment of the Dam is located in the land of the Widjabul people, who are part of the Bundjalung Nation. Rocky Creek Dam is in the upper reaches of the Richmond Catchment. Most of the catchment area is warm temperate rainforest of Nightcap National Park (World Heritage listed) and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, a significant local remnant known as the Big Scrub.

The Silky Oaks at Rocky Creek Dam.

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity at Rocky Creek Dam.
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet for the Rocky Creek Dam trail to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a real difference in your local community!

How to get involved?

  • Download the field guide and recording sheet and record your sightings when you visit the Rocky Creek Dam. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
  • Alternatively, you can record your sightings using the ClimateWatch smartphone app.
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.


This ClimateWatch trail is open to the public, and Dorroughby EEC also runs school visits. For more information, please contact the trail coordinator Christine Freeman.

The Rocky Creek Dam ClimateWatch trail was developed with Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre.