An oasis in the wilderness of the northern Goldfields, Niagara Dam is a top rest stop on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail - perfect for a picnic, a refreshing swim, or a night camping in a swag under the stars.

The dam is a 25-minute drive from Kookynie, one of the many gold rush ghost towns and landmarks on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail - an epic outback adventure that weaves its way from Coolgardie through the Goldfield’s landscape and history.

Named after the once-booming town of Niagara, the dam was built in 1898, during the gold rush, to provide water for the railway from Kalgoorlie to Menzies. However, after its arduous construction which involved transporting cement from Coolgardie via camel train, the dam was deemed obsolete, as plentiful groundwater had been discovered in nearby Kookynie.

Today, it makes a scenic stop-off for outback adventurers. Stop for a picnic and a leisurely stroll or dip, or set up camp for the night.

Take the 13-kilometre drive to Kookynie for another quintessential goldfields experience, complete with historic pub and a host of gold rush relics to explore.