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Your Essential Guide to Queensland’s trail of freshwater fishing heaven

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The Bass to Barra Trail has been a joint initiative of Regional Tourism Organisations, Local Regional Councils, Tourism Queensland and private operators in the Region. This brochure is available as a free guide to the lakes, facilities and operators within the Bass to Barra Region. The Bass to Barra Trail is downloadable in PDF on All editorial, images and maps are subject to copyright and any unauthorized use will result in legal action. All content is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced or stored without prior written consent of the publisher. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information, no responsibility can be accepted for errors, changes or omissions. The content and offers included in advertisements in this brochure are not the responsibility of the publishers or distributors of the guide. Cover Image: Lake Awoonga Guided Barra Fishing Charters

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Published and designed by HPD Creative, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

to Barra Trail Map 02 Bass to an  Paradise Angler’s 03 Welcome Fishing  04 Competitions Catch  05 Limits Lake  06 Awoonga Region 08 Gladstone Monduran 10 Lake

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Region 12 Bundaberg Coast Region 13 Fraser Lake  14 Lenthall Bjelke-Petersen  16 Dam South Burnett  18 Region  Shire 19 Wondai  Dam 20 Boondooma

 Wuruma 22 Lake  Dam 24 Paradise North Burnett  26 Region Lake  28 Cania Lake  30 Callide  Shire 32 Banana

When holidaying in Queensland, keep an eye out for the yellow on blue italicised ‘i’ sign. Staff at accredited Visitor Information Centres can give you friendly advice on where to stay and what to do, and help book you accommodation and activities. The ‘i’ sign means they’re accredited and offer professional standards of operation and service. So drop in for maps, brochures and easy information access ‘on the go’.

For centre locations and contact details visit 3

Welcome to the Bass to Barra Trail, an angler’s paradise

Plan your adventure here!


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A trail of freshwater lakes coupled with great fishing, calming surrounds and the simple pleasures of nature is enough to fulfill the inner adventurer in us all. The Bass to Barra Trail is a series of freshwater fishing hotspots designed to take you on the fishing adventure of your life. Experience nature at its best and follow the Bass to Barra Trail across Queensland to get a real taste of fishing at its best. The influx of summer rain in 2011 has filled the Lakes and dams to capacity and as a result, produced an abundance of freshwater fish just waiting to be caught. The trail tracks through Queensland’s hinterland region of South Burnett with Lake Barambah (Bjelke-Peterson Dam) just south of Murgon, then west to Lake Boondooma. The adventure will then take you north along the Burnett Highway to the pristine waters of Lake Wuruma and further north to Lake Cania located near the beautiful Cania Gorge National Park. Your journey of fishing paradise will lead you north to the majestic view that is Lake Callide located just outside the city limits of Biloela. Further to the east, on Queensland’s coastline just south of Gladstone, you will experience the untouched beauty of Lake Awoonga.

These exquisite Lake is home to prize barramundi’s that have exceeded phenomenal weights, some reaching a massive 36 kilograms! As you continue around Queensland, the Bruce Highway will lead you south to your next fishing dream destination of Lake Monduran. This massive Lake is the largest of the destinations in the Trail, situated just north of Gin Gin. Directly south of Lake Monduran are the dazzling waters of Lake Paradise in the North Burnett Region. Your journey will take you east toward the buzzing city of Hervey Bay and the final impoundment of your fishing adventure. Just west of Hervey Bay is the delightful Lake Lenthall.

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A program of exciting fishing competitions add to your dream fishing experience. The Bass to Barra Trail is your chance to enjoy fantastic fishing, calming surrounds and a great adventure!

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As part of your journey on the Bass to Barra Trail, enjoy some friendly competition and take part in the series of local fishing competitions that are bound to ignite excitement, adventure and great fishing fun! Lake Wuruma

Lake Monduran

• N  o Blokes Barra Bash: Held annually in February

• W  uruma Dam Family Fishing Competition: Held annually in February/March

• M  onduran Family Fishing Classic: Held Annually in October

 oyne Tannum Hookup held • B annually on the Queens Birthday long weekend

Lake Cania

Tel: 07 4157 6222 Email:

• L ake Cania Fishing Classic: Held annually in March

• A  BT Barramundi: 1 round held annually in November

• A  BT Barramundi: 2 rounds held annually in November

Contact Bevan Benecke on 4167 8178 or Rupert Maddox on 0407 639 304

Bjelke-Peterson Dam

Boondooma Dam

• A  BT Bass: Held annually in March and July

• L adies Fisher Competition: Held annually in November

• B  oondooma Dam Yellow-belly Fishing Competition: Held annually in February • A  BT Bass: Held annually in September

Other fishing events and competitions may be held throughout the year, so check with your Regional Visitor Information Centre for further details and contacts.



Lake Awoonga

• Y  amaha Bass Pro Challenge: Held annually in February

Contact Chris Home 0410 716 701

 jelke-Peterson Dam Fishing Classic: • B Held Annually in October

Lake Callide

• G  olden Lure Competition: Held Annually in November

• L ake Callide Fishing Competition – Held annualy in March

• ABT Bass: Annual event held in June

Fish Species

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Barramundi Barramundi Australian Bass Saratoga Golden Perch (Yellow Belly) Spangled Perch Eel-tailed Catfish Redclaw

Season and Exemption 1st Feb – 1st Nov 1st Nov – 1st Feb

Male only

While closed seasons generally apply to bass and barramundi fishing, some lakes and dams on the Bass to Barra Trail are exempt allowing perfect fishing all year round. Barramundi: The closed season for Barramundi is from midday November 1 to midday February 1. Lakes on the Bass to Barra Trail exempt from the closed season are Lake Awoonga, Lake Callide, Lake Monduran, Lake Lenthall and Lake Wuruma. During the closed season catch limits are restricted to one barramundi per person but the size can exceed 120cm.

Australian Bass: The closed season for Australian Bass is from June 1 to August 31. Lakes in the Bass to Barra Tail exempt from the closed season include Bjelke-Peterson Dam, Boondooma Dam, Lake Cania, Lake Wuruma, Lake Monduran and Lake Lenthall.

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Contact Will Schloss 0458 797 265

For further information on Seasons and Regulations visit





For the perfect getaway be sure to visit the picturesque Lake Awoonga with its calming waters, serene surrounds and an abundance of freshwater fish.


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Facilities: • Boat Ramp • Boat Hire (inc. Houseboats) • Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds • Walking Trails • Toilet facilities • Scenic Lookout • Children’s Playgrounds • Free picnic and BBQ facilities • Disabled parking and toilet facilities

Local Highlights:

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The beautiful Lake Awoonga situated just 30km south of Gladstone boasts spectacular lake and mountain views. Lake Awoonga has excellent recreation facilities with undercover picnic tables, barbeques, walking tracks and playgrounds galore. Accommodation and camping grounds are available for families and keen anglers to soak up the surrounds of the beautiful Lake Awoonga. Caravan parks and camping grounds with public amenities are also available on site. Enthusiastic anglers of every kind flock to the calming waters of Lake Awoonga to catch the famous barramundi. To date the largest barramundi caught at Lake Awoonga is a massive 36.5kg, with tall tales of the many monsters that got away! Lake Awoonga is also home to many other species of freshwater fish including mullet, mangrove jack, bream, garfish, grunter, spangled perch and many more. After a long day of fishing and soaking up the serenity of Lake Awoonga, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Furry, feathered or scaled,


Lake Awoonga is home to a thriving array of animals, many of which are of conservation significance. Aquatic vegetation maintains a wondrous myriad of minute animals that support the fish, eels, turtles, platypus and birds.

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• Excellent year round fishing • Ideal swimming locations • Excellent water sports • Great picnic and BBQ locations • Houseboats, BBQ boats and fishing charters • Walking trails • Bird watching

Further from the water’s edge, and into the nearby bush land, experience another realm of birds, reptiles and native fauna including bandicoots, melomys, kangaroos, wallabies, gliders and bush tail possums. Lake Awoonga is home to almost 200 species of birds. Ideal for ornithology with highlights including the southern squatter pigeon (listed as conservation significant) and a further fifteen species listed on the International Migratory Conservation Agreement Lists. Lake Awoonga is debatably one of the most important coastal bird refuges on the East Coast of Australia. Lake Awoonga is at an all time high after the significant rainfall in 2010/2011 that saw the 40m spillway flow over for the first time since it was extended in 2002.

Lake Facts

Fish Species

Total capacity at full height of 40m is 777,000 mega litres. Because of fluctuating water levels, boat users on the lake should be aware that submerged hazards exist. The waters of Lake Awoonga are controlled by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Queensland Water Police under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act, enforced to prevent potentially dangerous activities. The onus of safety is on the owner and master of a vessel. Maps are available from Lake Awoonga Caravan Park Boathouse.

Barramundi, Mullet, Mangrove Jack, Longtom, Bony Bream, Snub-nosed Garfish, Long-finned Eel, Eel-tailed Catfish, Mouth Almighty, Spangled Perch, Forktail Catfish



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Gladstone Region is home to over 60,000 residents and is a city that supersedes stereotypes. Better known for its industrial gigantism, the Gladstone Region has fast become a popular destination for holiday makers and sea changers alike. Gladstone is more than the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Capricorn Bunker Group of Islands, Gladstone holds many jewels in the crown of the Southern Reef in the two Coral Cay resorts located a short distance off the coast, Heron Island and Wilson Island. Experience a bird’s eye view of the city, harbour and islands or venture up to one of the prominent lookouts from Auckland Hill or Round Hill that offer 360 panoramic degree views of the Gladstone Region. The shimmering water of Gladstone Harbour continues to attract people to the city from around the globe and encourages further exploration. The natural, deep waters first beckoned Lieutenant Matthew Flinders in 1802 to explore the area, which was later named Gladstone to honour British statesman William Gladstone. Since then, the city has become the Port City to the World, with a number of the nations and worlds most significant industries making Gladstone Region their global base.


Perfectly positioned 20kms south of Gladstone, the relaxed coastal lifestyle surrounds you at the seaside twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. Separated by the Boyne River and John Oxley Bridge, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands are well catered by the following services; three main shopping centres, two service stations, a fantastic Surf Life Saving Club, two caravan parks, seven motels, including a hotel/motel with a view to die for, a 14-hole golf course that is earmarked to become an 18-hole international course and resort facility and of course the picturesque sight that is Tannum Sands Beach. Discovery Coast’s Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy are relaxed seaside communities linked by kilometres of striking beach fronting the deep blue waters of the Coral Sea. Famously known as the birthplace of Queensland, Seventeen Seventy was named after Lieutenant James Cook and his crew from the ‘Endeavour’ who came ashore on 24 May 1770. The picturesque coastline of the twin seaside communities of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy create an exciting and appealing multitude of experiences. It is now the only coastal departure point for many reef trip operators and fishing charters to the

Southern Great Barrier Reef. Day trips depart from Seventeen Seventy Marina and visit some of the best parts of the entire Great Barrier Reef including the protected, untouched coral cays of Lady Musgrave Island and the pristine reefs of Fitzroy, Hoskyn, Llwellyn and Fairfax. Come face to face with reef fish, swim with graceful manta rays and turtles as you immerse yourself in the vivid colour of prehistoric corals and brilliant blue ocean. You can also venture to the Reef from the Gladstone Marina with various fishing charter operators ensure the trip of a lifetime! For more information on what to do and see in the Gladstone Region, please contact any one of the four Regional Visitor Information Centres. Contacts: Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd (GAPDL)

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Gladstone Region is unique, unforgettable and truly special. With such contrasting features of industry, nature and the world heritage listed Southern Great Barrier Reef; Gladstone creates an unlikely, exciting and interesting holiday destination.

Gladstone Region Hot Spots • Heron Island (Southern Great Barrier Reef) • Golf Course and Fitness Centres • Gecko Valley Winery • Gladstone Marina • FREE Industry Tours • Coffee Cruise • Auckland Hill Lookout • Boyne Island/Tannum Sands • Botanic Gardens • Majestic Hinterland • Banana Shire

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Make sure you time your trip to coincide with the number one premier fishing event, The Boyne Tannum Hookup!

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Discovery Coast Hot Spots • Agnes Water • Town of Seventeen Seventy • Lady Musgrave Island (Great Barrier Reef) • 1770 Larc! • Turkey Beach • Deepwater National Park • Eurimbula National Park

Book your ultimate fishing adventure today!

Information Centre Contacts: Gladstone Marina Ferry Terminal Bryan Jordan Drive Ph: 49729000

For more information on how to book your ultimate fishing adventure in the Gladstone Region, including Lake Awoonga, Lake Callide and Lake Cania, contact the Gladstone Region Visitor Information Centres at:

Agnes Water VIC – 49021533 Miram Vale VIC – 49745428 Tannum Sands VIC – 49738062

GLADSTONE TANNUM SANDS Marina Ferry Terminal, Ocean Street (07) 4972 9000 (07) 4973 8062

MIRIAM VALE AGNES WATER Cnr Roe & Dougall Sts Springs Road (07) 4974 5428 (07) 4902 1533


Location: Lake Monduran (Fred Haigh Dam) is situated in the Bundaberg Region, approximately 75km west of Bundaberg’s city limits. It is approximately 4hrs drive north of Brisbane, just 4km off the Bruce Highway and 20kms north of Gin Gin.

Facilities: • Deluxe self-contained lakefront cabins with air-conditioning • Holiday house • Powered/unpowered camping sites • Camp Kitchen • Clean amenities • Linen hire • Free wireless internet • Boat ramp • Fish cleaning table • Kiosk, ice, gas, bait and tackle available • Onsite fishing tips • Fishing permits • EFTPOS

Local Highlights: • Bush walking • Canoeing and kayaking • Bird watching • Abundant wildlife • Goodnight Scrub National Park • Boolboonda Tunnel

Catch Permits: Before you go fishing in any of QLD’s dams and waterways please check with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries to see if you need a fishing permit. Permits can be obtained by calling 13 25 23.


Monduran Lake

Lake Monduran is situated just under an hour’s drive west of Bundaberg and approximately 20 km north of Gin Gin. This vast lake provides water reserves for Bundaberg Region’s irrigation scheme as well as offering visitors an ideal location for recreation and fishing. In recent years Lake Monduran has gained a reputation as South East Queensland’s Barra Capital. With massive catches weighing in at well over 20kg, the fishing experience at Lake Monduran is enough to fulfil any angler’s dreams. Lake Monduran’s peak fishing period is in the warmer months mid-September to April. Although most anglers travel to Lake Monduran to target the mighty barramundi, other leading freshwater sport fish like the Australian Bass are also stocked heavily in the lake. It makes Lake Monduran the largest impoundment in Australia that has these species available. Trolling 10 plus lures beside the rocky cliffs around the lake’s shore produces good catches of bass in summer. In winter the bass school up in the deeper channels of the lake. Working soft plastics in these schools produce hot fishing action.

Lake Monduran Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options including deluxe lakefront cabins, one holiday house and large shady powered and unpowered sites for caravans, tents and RV’s. The camping area is equipped with clean amenities and delightful camp kitchens. For those that prefer the creature comforts of home, the deluxe self-contained lakefront cabins with air-conditioning are nestled on the hillside with stunning views of the lake. The 3 brm holiday house is only 100 meters to the boat ramp.

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An onsite kiosk can supply all your basic grocery needs as well as gas, ice, bait and tackle. The friendly staff will happily tell you where the fish are biting and the best bait to use to hook your perfect catch. A fish cleaning table is provided in the park so that you can enjoy your prized barra cooked freshly on the BBQ. Sit back around the fireplace, catch up with friends and tell stories about ‘the one that got away’.

ct catch A perfe Fishing tips To tackle the large Barra you need tough gear so most anglers use 8kg bait-caster outfits spooled with 30-50lbs braided lone with 50-80lbs leaders. Most Barra are caught by casting lures into the massive amount of structures that line the banks of the many sheltered bays and inlets at the beautiful Lake Monduran. For Further Information Lake Monduran Holiday Park, 20km north of Gin Gin 1 Claude Wharton Drive, Gin Gin QLD 4671 Free call 1800 228 754 Phone 07-4157 3881 Fax 07 415 73882

Lake Facts Covering 5342 hectares with around 400 km of shoreline stretching 32 km upstream from the dam, Lake Monduran is the 5th largest lake in Queensland, and holds approx 562 000 mega litres. Branching off the main river channel are hundreds of bays and inlets to explore and fish. It is not uncommon to fish in one of these bays and not see another boat all day. Access to the lake is by two well equipped boat ramps. Remember to check with local operators whether there is any limit on the size and type of motor allowed on the lake.

Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic Lake Monduran is home to one of the biggest freshwater fishing competitions in South East Queensland – the Monduran Family Fishing Classic. This competition is held on the 2nd weekend of October each year and attracts well over 700 competitors.



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Lake Monduran lies in the heart of the Bundaberg Region just north of Gin Gin, famous as the home of Queensland’s only bushranger, the Wild Scotsman. Bundaberg is famous for its sugar industry and the Rum that is made from it. It was also the home of one of Australia’s most famous aviators, Bert Hinkler. The Rum Distillery and Hinkler’s reconstructed English House are just some of a long list of attractions to be found in this appealing city. Take some time out and visit Fairymead House, the Historical museum, Railway Museum, Botanical Gardens, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and the River Cruise while exploring the beauty of Bundaberg City. For more of an adventure, be sure to visit the Mystery Craters that are located on the outskirts of Bundaberg.

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Lake Monduran is famous for big Barra. Caught on Lake Monduran in late 2010, a world record Barramundi catch measured 135 centimetres tall, 44.6 kilograms and had a whopping girth of 107 centimetres.

The holiday park has a range of accommodation options and is just a one hour drive from Bundaberg QLD and a short four kilometre drive from the Bruce Highway.

Bundaberg Rum Distillery Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Botanic Gardens Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Hinkler House Fairymead House Historical Museum Cafe 1928 Australian Sugar Cane Railway Bundaberg Railway Historical Society

• S  chmeiders Cooperage • Mon Repos Conservation Park • Mystery Craters • Historic Childers • Gin Gin home of QLD’s only Bushranger • The Coral Coast • Woodgate Beach National Park • Lady Elliot Island • Lady Musgrave Island

For further information visit Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism 271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670 FREECALL: 1300 722 099

1800 228 754

07 4157 3881 07 4157 3882 1 Claude Wharton Drive Gin Gin QLD 4671




Experience the remarkable beauty of Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, with towering ancient rainforests, pure fresh water lakes and creeks and coloured sands. Recreational fishers describe the ocean side of Fraser Island as the “holy grail” of beach fishing. Fly fishers come from all over the world to cast on the flat, sandy shallows near the island. The waterways of the Fraser Coast are home to some of Australia’s most rare and endangered creatures, and between July and November each year offers some of the world’s closest encounters with humpback whales. Explore the stunning aquatic playground of the Great Sandy Strait, where you can discover charming seaside villages. The strait sits between Fraser and the mainland is a maze of sandy channels and deep snag-ridden holes that house almost every fish that anglers dream of. The popular holiday centre of Hervey Bay is a water lover’s paradise where you can swim, fish, dive, snorkel, windsurf, kite surf, canoe, kayak, jet ski and sail all year round.

Full of natural wonders, including world heritage listed Fraser Island and sheltered water fringed by white sandy beaches – the Fraser Coast is a surprise package of eco-adventures, outstanding attractions and fascinating heritage.


The nearby Coral Coast includes appealing beach centres such as Bargara, ideal for a perfect holiday in the sun. To the south of Bundaberg is the beachside national park of Woodgate Beach and to the north is Mon Repos with its Conservation Centre, the site of the largest turtle rookery on the east coast of Australia. Just off the coast is the Southern anchor of the Great Barrier Reef with the majestic coral cay of Lady Elliot Island.


Dotted along the Bay’s 14km Esplanade are cafés, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina. Hervey Bay’s iconic Urangan Pier gives shore-based anglers the opportunity to fish deeper waters for whiting, bream, flathead, reef fish and pelagics including giant trevally, tuna and mackerel. The inshore reefs off Hervey Bay include one of the largest artificial reefs in the Southern Hemisphere and are perfect for fishing all year round. Settled in 1847, the beautiful riverside city of Maryborough is steeped in living history with a fantastic range of experiences to delight the whole family. Discover century old streetscapes, glorious riverside parklands, outstanding museums, ghost tours, costumed guides, steam trains and unique links to Mary Poppins. In quaint country towns such as Tiaro, Howard, and Torbanlea browse craft shops, enjoy hearty meals in historic country pubs, meet charming locals and relive the past at museums celebrating our pioneering past.

Whatever it is you’re looking for, the Fraser Coast Region has it all.

Highlights Hervey Bay • World’s best humpback whale encounters (July to Nov) • Famous local seafood • Aquatic adventures • Safe, stunning coastline Fraser Island • World’s largest sand island • Over 100 freshwater lakes and creeks to explore • 4WD tours • Towering, ancient rainforests Maryborough • Colonial streetscapes and riverside parks • Birthplace of Mary Poppins creator • Museums, steam trains, ghost tours • Famous weekly market






• Toilets • Covered picnic tables • Camping sites • Viewing platform above the spillway • Boat ramp

The peaceful waters of Lake Lenthall, brimming with freshwater fish, are the envy of any keen angler.


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The beautiful Lake Lenthall has established a strong reputation for its Australian bass stocks and is regarded as one of the most consistent bass fisheries in Australia. Anglers from all over the world seek out to hook a popular Yellow belly (golden perch) or a highly sought-after barramundi. Lake Lenthall has great recreational facilities where visitors can enjoy the serene picnic area overlooking the lake. The majestic Lake Lenthall attracts a plethora of native flora and fauna making bird-watching an absolute must. While soaking up the serenity and beauty of the lake’s natural surrounds, keep an eye out for the rare Black Breasted Button Quail. Lake Lenthall is at an all time high after the summer rain of 2010/2011. Catch a glimpse of Lenthall’s brimming beauty from the viewing platform located directly above the spillway. Lenthall’s Dam is the central water supply for the Hervey Bay Region and is the perfect location for fishing or a family picnic. Public access is

• Disabled access a pic nic.

• Boating • Burrum Coast National Park

Camping grounds overlooking the picturesque waters of Lake Lenthall provide a wonderful family getaway or fun fishing weekend.

• Historic Maryborough

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• Hervey Bay

Camping is now available at Lake Lenthall. With a picturesque location, great lake views, open grassy areas, plenty of picnic tables and lots of onsite facilities camping at Lake Lenthall is the ideal family getaway.

A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Lake Lenthall. These are available at Australia Post Offices throughout Queensland or fishing supply stores in Hervey Bay and Maryborough. Alternatively, they can be purchased online from the Queensland Government at www.smartservice.qld.

• World Heritage listed Fraser Island

Short stay camping - up to three (3) days/two (2) nights - is permitted. The maximum number of campers at any one time is eighteen (18) plus up to six (6) self contained camper vehicles that have waste storage facilities. Camping spaces are limited so pre-booking of sites is essential. To book a site visitors can contact the Lake Lenthall Ranger Office on (07) 4129 4833.

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Camping is also available at the nearby Wongi Waterholes (refer to Department of Environment and Resource Management) Check out for more information..

More information can be obtained from Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (phone 13 25 23). A new boat ramp has been installed and powerboats are allowed on Lake Lenthall but speeds and horsepower are restricted. Visitors should be aware of the low emission outboard engine policy for Lake Lenthall which allows only 2 and 3 star rated engines up to 60hp. Low emission engines include: All 4-stroke engines up to 60 horsepower. Low emission direct injection 2-stroke engines up to 60 horsepower. The speed limit on the lake is strictly 6 knots.

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• Bushwalking • Bird watching

available daily from 6am to 8pm. Lake Lenthall has an onsite ranger who can provide you with some great tips and information about the beautiful Lake.

Wide Bay Water is committed to managing the sustainability of Hervey Bay’s catchment. To ensure Lake Lenthall remains a healthy water resource for many years to come, visitors are asked to take an environmentally friendly approach to fishing, boating and camping while visiting the Lake.

Local Highlights:

To help ensure the Fraser Coast has a secure water supply to support its growing population, Wide Bay Water raised the height of the dam wall in 2007. This increased the lake’s capacity by nearly 10,000 mega litres. Its previous capacity was 17,800 megalitres. It can now hold up to 28,000 megalitres.

Fish Species Each year, the Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Association stock Lake Lenthall with fingerlings. Since 1984, almost 450,000 fingerlings have been released including: Barramundi, Australian bass, Golden Perch (yellow belly) and Silver Perch.


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The majestic Bjelke-Petersen Dam is situated just 12km south of Murgon in the South Burnett Region. This large dam is any fisherman’s delight with an abundant supply of fresh water fish just waiting to be caught! Bjelke-Peterson Dam is also the main water supply for the rich agricultural region. The Dam lies adjacent to one of the State’s finest wine districts with cellar doors offering visitors tastings of delicious local wines. More than a fishing hotspot, the Dam offers a range of high quality accommodation nestled around the dam itself. Camping, powered or unpowered sites, ensuite cabins and deluxe villas are available for the keen angler and their families. The relaxing setting and open spaces make BjelkePeterson Dam an ideal location for family holidays and weekend fishing getaways. The spacious camp kitchen and recreational area boast a large in-ground pool and a grand venue to socialise as the sun sets over the dam.

relaxing vacation, including reverse cycle air-conditioning, microwaves, DVD players and undercover car ports on site.

There are nine ensuite cabins that sleep up to 5 people and provide cooking facilities, television and ceiling fans. Experience the finest in accommodation with two fully serviced deluxe villas in a secluded bushland setting. These deluxe villas provide visitors with everything for a

Bring your boat and fish, ski, sail or go for a bushwalk to catch a glimpse of the local fauna in their perfect natural surroundings.

The kiosk provides everything from a range of souvenirs bait and tackle, grocery items to the all important information about the dam and South Burnett Region. For those avid birdwatchers, take advantage of the bird hide, nestled in the bushland around the dam, to watch the plethora of vibrant bird life.

The Bjelke-Peterson Park and dam offer something to satisfy the needs of any adventurer!

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The calming water of Bjelke-Petersen Dam is the perfect place to relax, stay and fish.



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Dam Facts The Bjelke-Peterson Dam is built on the Barker Creek and has a storage capacity of 134,900 mega litres and a surface area of 2,150 hectares. The mean depth is 5.8m and the dam has great navigational aids.


• Caravan Park and Villas • Public Telephones • Kiosk • Public Amenities • Sheltered picnic tables and electric BBQ’s • 2 Boat Ramps • Fishing Charters • Boat Hire

Local Highlights


• Great Fishing • Swimming • Camping • Bird Watching • Barambah Wine Trail • Dairy and Heritage Museum


South Burnett “

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Murgon, the local Visitor Information Centre is the doorway to the South Burnett Region. Begin your journey of exploration and find out what there is to do and see in the region whilst having a ‘chat to the locals’. The Murgon Visitor Information Centre is open 7 days a week and offers a wide range of services for tourists and local residents. The region boasts exciting events throughout the year from festivals to markets; the South Burnett Region has it all.

The beautiful South Burnett offers visitors a place to wine, dine, unwind and explore, with the Bjelke-Petersen Dam the ideal place to start.


The magnificent Barambah cluster of wineries, offer visitors the opportunity to sample grapes from the vine to the glass. Experience the simple pleasures of good food and wine and spend a day or two enjoying the delightful local cuisine and wineries.


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While in the region, take in the serenity and soak up the views from Boat Mountain. This scenic drive is renowned for spectacular views, inviting and diverse landscapes for the eye to behold. Just a stone’s throw away is the town of Nanango where you can experience the new South Burnett Energy Centre. The Energy Centre is a visually exciting experience with display pods housing a variety of exhibits and information about the development and future of power generation. Focusing on the history of power generation in the South Burnett, the state-of-the-art Energy Centre has a number of interactive displays that will capture your imagination, inform and entertain you.

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For further information contact the Bjelke-Petersen Dam Caravan and Recreation Park Tel: 07 4168 4746 Email: Website: Or visit the Murgon Visitor Information Centre Lamb Street Murgon, Tel: 07 4168 3864

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Barambah Wine Trail’s cellar door tasting Jack Smith Environmental Park Boat Mountain Conservation Park Wondai Heritage Museum Antique shopping Regional Art Gallery

Quaint Countr y Towns

Wondai A short drive into Wondai will offer visitors the opportunity to visit the South Burnett Timber Museum Complex on the way into this quaint town.

This complex is where you will find the South Burnett Woodcrafters workshop. Experience the talent of woodcraft as they master a piece of art. The delightful items can then be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre. Continue your exploration and visit the Wondai Regional Art Gallery, open 7 days to experience exhibitions from some of the best local artists around. The Wondai Heritage Museum is also within walking distance. The Museum boasts a village like quality including a hospital display from yesteryear and even an old school room.


Be sure to visit this great historic region and indulge in all it has to offer!

Highlights: • South Burnett Timber Museum • Woodcrafters Workshop • Wondai Regional Art Gallery • Antique Shops • Boondooma Homestead For more information on this great region visit the Wondai Visitor Information Centre: 80 Haly Street Tel: 07 4168 5652

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• Stream System: Boyne and Stuart Rivers • Storage Capacity: 204200 mega litres • Surface Area: 1915 Hectares • Date of Construction: 1983


More than an excellent freshwater fishing destination, Boondooma Dam offers visitors panoramic views, extensive open woodlands, rugged topographical features and cooling blue waters.


Dam Facts

Located 20km north of Proston in the South Burnett Region, the immaculate Boondooma Dam is a man-made water storage facility fed from the pristine waters of the Boyne and Stuart Rivers. The Dam was built in 1983 to provide an assured water supply to the Tarong Power Station and to contribute to the Boyne River Irrigation Project. Boondooma Dam boasts a wide range of high quality accommodation and recreation facilities that attract over 30,000 visitors per year to enjoy the fishing, scenery and the peaceful ‘lakeside’ setting. Keen anglers can camp by the water’s edge or stay in one of the five fully self contained cabins with water views. For large groups the Dam boasts a ‘Bunk House’ sleeping up to 32 with a full external kitchen for the use of the group. The location of the ‘Bunk House’ is on the edge of the Dam with views to the horizon and beyond. As well as great fishing, Boondooma Dam supports a variety of other water and land-based activities including water-skiing, recreational boating, canoeing and kayaking, Para-sailing, swimming, bushwalking, bird watching, bush camping, cycling and picnicing. There really is something for everyone! Plan a weekend away or spontaneously jump in the car for a relaxing drive


through the country. The onsite managers can set you up with all you need from tackle to firewood and marshmallows! The managers can also provide campers or visitors with all the necessities of life and of course a warm friendly welcome. (Pets are welcome with prior approval). With all this and much more, it’s no wonder that Boondooma Dam has been described as ‘one of the State’s best kept recreational secrets’. The Boondooma Dam is an ideal base from which to explore and experience the surrounding South Burnett Region, the picturesque Bunya Mountains, the excellent cellar doors, historic towns and homesteads.

• Boondooma Dam is considered one of the most consistent recreational fisheries in Queensland. Stocked with popular species that include Australian Bass, Golden Perch, Silver Perch and Murray Cod, the Dam’s popularity with anglers is because every fishing method works. • Keen bait fisherman can target golden perch, cod and catfish in the snags and along the rock walls or chase the bass in the main basin with shrimp and worm baits. • Lure fishers will find the edge of fishing with lipless crank baits and spinner baits while soft plastics fishers will enjoy fishing for bass over the broad flats.

Boondooma Homestead is just minutes down the road and offers visitors an opportunity to experience one of the few remaining examples of an elegant wooden home built 1854-55. Visitors can walk through several buildings constructed in the 1850s, and spend time in the gardens, enjoying trees and vines also dating back to the early 1850s. The homestead offers tours of the buildings and is heritage listed.




• Picnic tables • Barbeques • Shelter sheds • Public toilets and showers • Boat ramp

Local Highlights • Fishing • Water skiing • Canoeing • Sailing • Windsurfing • Bushwalking • Birdwatching • Picnicking • Camping • Power boating

Fish Species • Australian Bass • Barramundi • Golden Perch (Yellowbelly) • Sleepy Cod • Silver Perch • Saratoga • Catfish • Eel-tailed Catfish (Jew Fish) • Redclaw • Eels • Spangled Perch

Wuruma Lake




If you’re looking for serious fishing, free camping and a great place to bring the family, put Lake Wuruma to the top of your list

Just a few hours’ drive from Bundaberg, Lake Wuruma is 48km north of Eidsvold on the Nogo River in North Burnett region. Following the summer rain in January 2011, the Lake reached 100% capacity and locals say ‘it has never been better’. From the bridge to the dam wall you’ll find 27km of waterways to explore and enjoy with many great fishing spots. Stocked with fish including Australian bass, barramundi, golden perch (yellowbelly) and silver perch with breeding populations of eel-tailed catfish (jew fish), spangled perch, eels, sleepy cod, saratoga and redclaw, Lake Wuruma makes a fantastic fishing destination! Lake Wuruma is one of the few bass/barra lakes in Australia and draws serious anglers seeking two of Australia’s premier sports fishing targets. Fish stocks are replenished and well maintained by the dedicated efforts of the Wuruma Dam Fish Restocking Association. The Club holds its annual recreational fishing competition (last weekend in February) which is well supported due to generous sponsorship and fantastic prizes on offer. The significant abundance of wildlife is a great attraction and in many cases, visitors can expect to see swans, pelicans, wallabies, kangaroos, bandicoots, echidnas, dingos, possums, gliders, koalas and on rare occasions the protected platypus.

Fathe r and son m that em last a lifetim ories e. Facilities at the dam included sheltered picnic tables, wood barbeques, designated and free camping areas, toilets, showers and a boat ramp. Lake Wuruma is a mass gravity concrete structure with a storage capacity of 165,000 mega litres. The Lake was completed in 1968 and provides irrigation water for the region’s rich agricultural crops and is the town water supply for Eidsvold, Mundubbera and Gayndah.

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While you’re in the region make sure you visit the friendly town of Eidsvold. Originally a gold mining town, Eidsvold is now known for producing quality beef cattle and hardwood forests. Call into the Ceratodus Rest Area on your way into town or visit the newly opened RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre.

Fishing Tips and Permits: Fishing permits can be obtained from the Eidsvold Foodworks or by calling the Wuruma Dam Fish Restocking Association on 4167 8135 For Further Information


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Lake Wuruma has a storage capacity of 165,000 mega litres. There is a 200m no boating zone from dam wall. Pets permitted and generators are allowed in the designated and free camping areas

Barramundi 1 Feb – 1 Nov Barramundi 1 Nov – 1 Feb Australian Bass Saratoga Golden Perch Silver Perch Spangled Perch Redclaw Eels

Minimum Length 58cm – 120cm (max) 1 can be over 120cm

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Eidsvold Tourist Information Centre Located at RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre Burnett Highway (A3) Eidsvold, Phone: (07) 4165 7244 or email info@

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Fishing Tips: • Unpowered camp sites (generators permitted) • Free gas barbecues • Picnic shelters • Environmentally friendly toilets • Concrete boat ramp and car park • Fish cleaning tables • Information centre and kiosk • No showers (pop up showers permitted) • Limited drinking water • Dogs permitted (rules apply)

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Paradise Dam was completed in November 2005 after two years of construction and has a capacity of 300,000 mega litres. New, modern facilities are available for your convenience. Camping is permitted at the Dam however you must report to the Ranger at the kiosk on arrival. Advance bookings can be made and are advisable during peak times.

There are 47 km of crystal clear waterways to explore and interesting walking trails with historic features, such as ‘Kalliwa Hut’ (an original slab hut). Further exploration will encourage visitors to take in the various gold mining sites and the Paradise cemetery. The Bicentennial National Trail passes through the delightful Paradise Dam area. For more information on the wonderful walking trails in the area, “Weekender Booklets” are available at the kiosk showcasing longer walks of 23 km or 26 km. Prior to the construction of the dam, the Burnett River was stocked with an abundance of Australian bass, barramundi, golden perch and silver perch. There are also breeding populations of sleepy cod, eeltailed catfish, fork-tailed catfish, spangled perch, banded grunters and


the endangered Queensland lungfish. Paradise Dam is currently not a stocked impoundment; therefore a fishing permit is not required. While visiting Paradise Dam, be sure to view the magnificent freshwater Turtle Hatchery, the only one of its kind in the world - which breeds the very rare Elseya Albagula (commonly known as the white-throated Snapping Turtle). The Paradise Dam Ranger, is always more than happy to deliver informative talks and slide shows to provide a greater insight to this beautiful Dam. When visiting the local Information Centre, you will come face to face with four species of turtles. Paradise Dam is the ideal location for a great family adventure. Start your journey today and visit Paradise Dam! Location: Paradise Dam is located 35km north-west of Biggenden (approx 30 minute drive) or 100km south-west of Bundaberg. Fully sealed roads lead to the Dam from the Isis Highway and Biggenden.




Local Highlights

Paradise Dam is the perfect place to soak up surrounds and be immersed in the simple pleasures of nature


Lake Facts

The North Burnett’s newest water storage and fishing destination, Paradise Dam is only a 30 minute drive north-west from Biggenden and 100km south-west of Bundaberg. The Dam lies on the stunning Burnett River and reached 100% capacity following the influx of rain in January 2011. Paradise Dam is named after the old gold mining township of ‘Paradise’ which now lies partially under the majestic Dam waters.

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Nearest Airports: Gayndah (private aircraft), Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough

Further Information Paradise Dam Kiosk and Ranger Greg and Gale Aberdein Tel: 4127 7278 or email

Bait and Tackle: Paradise Dam Kiosk stocks a variety of lures, hooks, fishing rods/hand lines, sinkers, floats etc. pilchards, prawns and worms are available for bait.

North Burnett Regional Council Tel: 1300 696 272 Email: Website: Biggenden Amateur Fishing Club President, Kevin ( Lofty) Wendt Tel: 4127 1294

Fish Species Australian Bass Barramundi (1 Feb – 1 Nov Barramundi (1 Nov – 1 Feb) Silver Perch Eel-tailed Catfish Fork-tailed Catfish Sleepy Cod Spangled Perch

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• Fishing • Waterskiing • Canoeing • Sailing • Pontoon Tours and guided walks • Bushwalking • Freshwater Turtle Hatchery (only one of its type in the world) • Camping – 56 camp sites • Power boating • Historical sites

Fish Species Australian bass, Barramundi, Golden Perch (Yellowbelly), Silver Perch, Eel-tailed catfish (Jew Fish), Forktailed catfish, Sleepy Cod, Banded Grunter, Spangled perch, Queensland lungfish (endangered)


North Burnett Region

Highlights • Cania Gorge National Park via Monto • Mount Walsh National Park near Biggenden • Historic sites such as “Knockbreak” Slab homestead near Eidsvold and the Gayndah Historical Museum • McConnell Lookout • Paradise Dam • Lake Wuruma • ‘Rural Getaway’ travellers route from Mundubbera • ‘Country Way’ travellers route from Gayndah to Monto

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• Auburn River (south-west of Mundubbera) • Mingo Crossing Recreation Area (powered camping sites, BBQ areas, amenities)


Only a few hours drive from the coast, or about four hours from Brisbane, the North Burnett is renowned for its natural beauty, country hospitality, heritage and spirit.

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Discover Lake Maraboon with us! Cabins from $95 Sites from $30

Swimming Pool Camp Kitchen Kiosk Free BBQ’s Boat Hire Internet Access Licensed Restaurant

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For bookings or more details, please visit: Fairbairn Dam Access & Selma Rd, Emerald QLD 4720 Free Call 1800 627 226


Whether you’re visiting from interstate, overseas or just down the road, make sure you explore everything the North Burnett has to offer. From the spectacular Cania Gorge and Mount Walsh National Parks to the discoveries you’ll make on a leisurely scenic drive, the North Burnett never fails to impress. Water recreation areas like Paradise Dam, Mingo Crossing, Lake Wuruma and Lake Cania make for great family getaways and fantastic fishing fun! The region covers an area of almost 20,000 square kilometers and takes its name from the Burnett River that flows through the heart of the district. There are six main townships including Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry and Mundubbera which service many smaller villages and farming catchments. The North Burnett Region is proud of the picturesque townships and the many friendly locals. Volunteers at any the Regional Visitor Information Centres can provide visitors with all the information you’ll need for sightseeing looking for great accommodation

• Kirar Weir (a great shore fishing spot identified for future development by the North Burnett Regional Council) That’s one big or ange!

or simply seeking the perfect fishing spots and local tips. The North Burnett Region has so much to offer with nature at its best, clean fresh air and clear night skies for endless stargazing. You are bound to feel right at home while visiting this little piece of paradise. Further Information North Burnett Regional Council Tel: 1300 696 272 Email: Website:

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Cania Lake

Location: Lake Cania is located 37km north of Monto via a sealed road from the Burnett Highway (Country Way or A3) approximately 12km north of Monto.

Located approximately 37 kilometers north of Monto and 194 km from Gladstone, Lake Cania is built on Three Moon Creek, a tributary of the Burnett River. Access to the Lake is via the 3,000 hectare Cania Gorge National Park. Cania Gorge offers spectacular scenery, with 70m high sandstone cliffs towering above the creek and parts of the Lake. These cliff faces are dotted with caves, while the Gorge provides shelter for eucalyptus forest and dry rainforest. The area is a haven for a plethora of wildlife including kangaroos and whiptail wallabies that inhabit the area late in the afternoon.

Sailing, water skiing, canoeing and wind surfing are also popular and many families take the opportunity to relax under the shady trees and enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the attractively landscaped grounds. A wide variety of walking tracks encourage exploration ranging from 300m to 5.6km. A major highlight is the short climb to the Cania Dam Lookout. From here you can take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Gorge’s coloured sandstone cliffs.

North Burnett Regional Council Tel: 1300 696 272 Email: Website:

Fishing Tips and Permits: Contact Brett Powter on 0427 606 422 at Brett’s Cania Boats, Bait and Tackle. Email:

Monto (private aircraft only), Gladstone, Bundaberg. Thangool Airport (Biloela) is a 45 min drive north of Lake Cania

Lake Facts Lake Cania has a storage capacity of 88,500 mega litres. The dam is constructed from earth and rockfill that rises 44 m above the original bed level of the creek.


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Picturesque Lake Cania offers great fishing, ideal camping spots, and recreational facilities for all the family in a relaxing, serene environment


Stocked fish include Australian Bass, Golden Perch (yellowbelly) and Silver Perch with stocking undertaken three times per year by the Cania Dam Fish Stockers Association. The Lake is well known for fantastic Saratoga catches, with other species regularly caught including eel-tailed catfish (Jew Fish), spangled perch, eel and snub-nosed garfish. The dam hosts the famous Lake Cania Fishing Classic in the second weekend of March each year.

Nearest Airports:

Cania Gorge Caravan and Tourist Park (Big 4) Tel: 07 4167 8188 Cania Gorge Tourist Retreat (Top Tourist Park) Tel: 07 4167 82110

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The Original “CANIA GORGE” Caravan Park Since 1986 The Park Everyone Talks About!

• Australian Bass • Silver Perth • Golden Perch (Yellowbelly) • Saratoga • Spangled Perch • Eel-tailed catfish (Jew Fish) • Eel • Snub-nosed garfish Fish Species

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• Kiosk • Boat ramp • Picnic shelters • Toilets • Free electric barbecues • Hotel, motel and caravan accommodation in Monto • Two caravan and camping parks located in the Gorge

Saratoga Golden Perch Silver Perch Australian Bass Snub-nosed Garfish Eel-tailed Catfish Spangled Perch Eel Eels

Bag Limit 1 10 5 2 50 5 20 10 10

Minimum Length 50cm 30cm 30cm 30cm No limit 35cm No limit 30cm 30cm

Cania Cottages (self contained 3 bedroom houses) Tel: Brett Powter on 0427 606 422

Local Highlights • Cania Gorge National Park • Cania Dam lookout • Fishing • Sailing • Windsurfing • Canoeing (for hire to at Big 4 Caravan Park) • Waterskiing


• Boat Ramp • Bank launching at various locations • Public Toilets • Free BBQ’s • Picnic Tables




Lake Callide, with its picturesque surrounds and deep waters is the perfect retreat for adventure seekers and keen anglers.



Local Highlights: • Kroombit Tops National Park • Lookouts for Coal Mines and Power Station • Dawson River (Moura, Theodore, Taroom, Baralaba),

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• Glebe Weir (Taroom) • Isla Gorge (Taroom/ Theodore) • Lake Victoria (Dululu)

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• Barramundi • Golden Perch (Yellow-belly) • Spangled Perch • Eel-Tailed Catfish

Situated 15km east of Biloela, Lake Callide has developed a reputation as one of Queensland’s best barramundi fishing impoundments. Golden perch (yellow-belly), barramundi, other fresh water fish species and red-claw are abundant in Lake Callide. For many years keen anglers have been baffled by the huge fish just waiting to be hooked.

• Butter Jew • Long Tom

The beautiful Lake Callide is one of the major recreational facilities in the Biloela area used for a myriad of experiences including fish-stocking, fishing, skiing, sailing, motorbike riding, boating and picnics to name just a few.

• Saratoga • Sleepy Cod • Barred Grunter • Redclaw Crayfish

Lake Facts Lake Callide has a capacity of 136,700 mega litres covering approximately 1240 hectares. Access is available at several points. The average water depth is approximately 10.5 m with fishing prohibited within 200 metres of the spillway.


Access to Lake Callide Recreation Park is fully sealed with approximately 2km of unsealed gravel road leading to the cemented boat ramp. Facilities at the recreation park include gas BBQs, shaded tables and chairs and toilet facilities. Camping is prohibited at the dam, however, there is adequate accommodation available in the township of Biloela and surrounding areas from modest camping grounds to quaint villas. Originally built in 1965, Lake Callide was developed as the water source for Callide ‘A’ Power Station. In 1987 the addition of Callide Stage 2 has enabled the dam to be used as a multi-purpose water source. The clear water of Lake

Callide is used for Callide Dam Village, Biloela and Thangool reticulated water supply, and recharging of the alluvial system of Callide Valley Water Supply Scheme. In 1988, the dam was retro-fitted with six water release gates with the gates being opened for the first time on 8 January 2011 when the dam reached its full capacity of 100% (136,300 mega litres).

that all captures be released as the local stocks are very low. 4 redclaw traps are allowed per person; however, they must be marked with your first name, surname and address. Be mindful of tree stumps and other submerged objects when the Dam level is low. Normal Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries rules apply including the requirement for a Stocked Impoundment Permit.

Lake Callide provides the perfect recreational surrounds for a family getaway or a weekend of blissful fishing. Take advantage of the majestic Lake Callide and see the true beauty of nature at its very best.

For more information:

Fishing Regulations:

Daryl Cupitt Tel: 07 4992 2313

Closed season on barramundi is from midday November 1 to midday February 1, although it is legal to keep one Saratoga during this period. The local stocking association recommends

Biloela Visitor Information Centre Tel: 07 4992 2405 Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre Tel: 07 49922400

Norm Crouch Creek 2 Coast Tel: 07 4992 1288



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Venture into the Banana Shire where the wide, brown land provides true authentic bush experiences that will be remembered forever.

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Our objective is to stimulate economic growth, and encourage and support investment and employment prospects in the Shire while maintaining the lifestyle requirements and integrity of our community. Supporting the diversification of our economic base, we welcome inquiries from potential developers, investors and residents. Shire population: 15,789 Area: 26,701 square kilometres Communities: Banana, Baralaba, Biloela, Cracow, Dululu, Goovigen, Jambin, Moura, Taroom, Thangool, Theodore and Wowan Highway towns: Leichhardt Hwy - Taroom, Theodore, Banana, Wowan, Dululu; Dawson Hwy - Biloela, Banana, Moura; Burnett Hwy - Thangool, Biloela, Jambin, Dululu Major industries: Teys Bros Meatworks, Callide, Dawson, Boundary Hill Coal Mines, Callide Power Stations, Ammonia Nitrate Plant, Cotton Gin, Timber Mill, Gold Mining “Banana - Shire of Opportunity”



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Administration centre:

Prairie Street, Biloela

Postal address: PO Box 412, Biloela Qld 4715 Phone: Fax: Email: Web: Other offices: Communication:

(07) 4992 9500 (07) 4992 3493 Moura, Taroom “Focus on Banana Shire” newsletter

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The Banana Shire covers more than 28,577 square kilometres and has a population of over 15,000 people. The warm and friendly country communities that dot the Shire will make your stay a memorable and pleasant one. The Banana Shire is filled with opportunities for the intrepid traveller to experience a genuine bush holiday. This rural jewel, abundant in earthy wonders and scenic country drives are an interesting feature on any travel itinerary. Named after a 19th century dun-coloured bullock called Banana, a legend in the cattle industry, this resource-rich Shire has grown from strength to strength. Well known for


its agricultural and mining heritage, the Banana Shire is home to a number of industries including coal mining, beef production, power generation, dry land and irrigation cropping, farming of herbs, spices, and squab processing.

For a real adventure and bush experience, visit the Banana Shire and take in the simple pleasures and beauty of Australia’s Outback.

Attractions in this beautiful area feature spectacular National Parks with sandstone cliffs, including the amazing Isla Gorge and Kroombit Tops National Park. Much of the area is pastoral and agricultural land which supports the area’s thriving rural sector. Spring wildflowers dot the landscape in the south and during the wet season a range of wild birds visit the Shire’s watercourses, joining the broad array of native wildlife that call the area home.

• Kroombit Tops National Park • Callide Power Station Visitor Centre • Moura Mine • Banana Monument • Greycliffe Homestead • SILO Exhibit • Dawson River Information Services Biloela Visitor Information Centre Tel: 07 4992 2405 Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre Tel: 07 49922400 Taroom Visitor Information Centre Tel: 07 46286113



When you visit the Gladstone Region – you’ll know you made a great choice! With beautiful scenery all year round, pristine beaches and islands, FREE Industry Tours, fun and adventure – you’ll be surprised at what the Gladstone Region really has to offer! Local knowledge is just a click away. For more information or to book your holiday online visit or phone one of the 4 Visitor Information Centres below to request a copy of the ‘Be Surprised, Gladstone Region’ brochure today!





Marina Ferry Terminal, Bryan Jordan Drive Gladstone QLD 4680 (07) 4972 9000

Ocean Street Tannum Sands QLD 4680 (07) 4973 8062

Roe Street Miriam Vale QLD 4677 (07) 4974 5428

Springs Road Agnes Water QLD 4677 (07) 4902 1533