Bjelke-Petersen Dam

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

7.02%

  • Moffatdale
CURRENT ALGAE LEVELS Moderate (Amber)
CURRENT CAPACITY

7.02%

8:00am 29.07.2021

STORAGE CAPACITY

134000

Mega Litres

HISTORICAL LOW

0.22%

17.09.1988

HISTORICAL HIGH

195.01%

11.01.2011

Location

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

Moffatdale

Queensland

4605

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

The north west recreational facilities are owned and managed by Sunwater. The eastern recreational facilities are owned and managed by South Burnett Regional Council.

Boating

Boating activities are permitted, however, operators are reminded to read and obey the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the dam wall by at least 100 metres, as marked by the buoy line, or as signed. Water activities including swimming, kayaking and sailing are permitted among other activities, however, please note the exclusion zones as signed. The boat ramps are owned by Sunwater and managed by South Burnett Regional Council. One is adjacent to the dam wall and the other is directly below the camping area.

Learn your responsibilities on the water through the Maritime Safety Queensland Boating and Fishing Guide.

Fishing

Fishing is permitted at Lake Barambah, Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the dam wall. Fisherman are reminded to read the signs and look for hazards. To learn what fish are stocked at this dam, visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website. A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish. Permits are available from Fisheries Queensland that set out the conditions under which you can fish at Queensland dams.

Call Fisheries Queensland on 13 25 23 to locate your nearest fishing permit outlet or apply online.

Camping

Privately owned and operated camping and accommodation is available at Bjelke-Petersen Dam in the designated camping area.

Pets

For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, please keep your pet on a leash or restrained during your visit.

Rubbish

Help us keep all recreational areas clean and tidy by using the rubbish bins provided. If rubbish bins are full or unavailable, please take your rubbish with you. Please also take any seafood rubbish with you to reduce odour.

BBQs

There are recreational BBQs available for use. Please use common sense when around open flame. Contact 000 to report uncontrolled fire.

Antisocial Behaviour

If you observe vandalism, antisocial behaviour or any illegal activities, please contact the Police immediately on 000 to ensure we keep the dam safe and enjoyable for all.

Commercial or large group activities

Please note that approval is required for the use of Sunwater land for any organised event or function other than normal visitor activities in approved recreational areas. Events or functions include, but are not limited to fishing, swimming, rowing, boating or skiing competitions or displays, community events, weddings or other organised on-land activities. To gain approval, submit a General Application for Access to Sunwater Land or Infrastructure and Events or contact us on 13 15 89.

Motorcycles and other vehicles

The recreational use of motorcycles and four wheelers within the area and the surrounding private property is strictly prohibited. Please practise caution when driving all other vehicles in the area. The speed limit in the camping area is 20km/h unless otherwise signed.

Hazards

There is the potential of submerged trees, weeds and other objects. Floating objects may be present after an inflow or flood event. Fast flowing water may be released suddenly from the spillway.

Read the signs and stay safe

For your own safety, please take note of the signs around the dam including those regarding private property and trespassing.
The signs indicate hazards to watch out for and areas to avoid. Keep an eye on your children and inform them of the hazards and permitted areas.

Emergency Management

View the Bjelke-Petersen Dam Emergency Action Plan, here.

Visitors must adhere to current COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and are encouraged to observe good hygiene practices.

All persons entering Sunwater property at their own risk should exercise due care and attention and must comply with all signs, notices, the lawful directions of Sunwater, Sunwater staff, all laws, regulations and applicable standards (e.g. boating, fire, road usage). All liability of Sunwater (or its subsidiaries) to you or any other person for loss or damage of any kind (however caused, including by negligence) arising from or relating in any way to access to, or use of, Sunwater property is excluded.


Playing safe

Stay safe at dams and weirs by looking out for potential hazards and risks.

Dam history

Bjelke-Peterson dam construction in 1988
Bjelke-Peterson dam construction in 1988

Bjelke-Peterson Dam

The dam forming Lake Barambah is named after the fiercely pro-development former state premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who gave the green light for the last great dam project in Australia — the Burdekin Falls Dam in North Queensland that was started in 1982. Construction of the dam that bears his name commenced two years later in 1984.

The Bjelke-Petersen Dam, near Moffatdale in the South Burnett, captures the flows of Barker Creek, Four Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek, Frickey Creek and Cattle Creek to create Lake Barambah. It was completed in 1988.

After reviewing rainfall data for the catchment, a decision was made to raise the dam’s spillway, which was finished in 2007.

Lake Barambah, which is named after one of the first cattle stations in the area, covers about 2500 ha and is renowned for its bass fishery.