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Burdekin Falls Dam

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Burdekin Haughton

Water Supply Scheme


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General information

Scheme name
Burdekin Haughton
Stream name
Burdekin River
Lake name
Lake Dalrymple
Structure description
Mass concrete gravity
Algae Level
Storage capacity (ML)
Year completed


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Visitor information

Thank you for visiting Burdekin Falls Dam and helping us keep our dam recreational facilities a fun and safe place to relax and have a good time.


Boat ramp
Road access
Picnic areas
Rubbish bins
Treated water


Fish found in Lake Dalrymple include Eels, Archerfish, Sooty Grunter, Sleepy Cod, Longtom, Redclaw Crayfish, Leathery Grunter, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, eel tailed catfish, fork tailed catfish and Barramundi.

Only Barramundi are stocked regularly, the remainder have self sustaining populations. A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Burdekin Falls Dam.A low cost fishing permit is available from Fisheries Queensland that sets 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.


Lake Dalrymple is open to all boating activities. No restriction apply. Concrete boat ramp provided. For information about what water activities are allowed on Lake Dalrymple contact Maritime Safety Queensland (Townsville region) on (07) 4726 3400 (select option 4) or visit their website www.msq.qld.gov.au


A camping area is located on Burdekin Falls Dam Road near the dam wall on the north side of the Burdekin River. The camping area features powered and unpowered sites, hot showers and a dump point.

  • No pre-booking required. The self-service pay station is located near the Sunwater office
  • The maximum allowed stay is four (4) weeks
  • Credit card payments: $7 per person per night
  • Cash payments: $8 per person per night
  • Powered site is an additional $5 per day
  • Children under 10 years of age are free
  • Please keep your receipt and make it visible at your camp site
  • No washing machines available on site
  • No fires are allowed in the camp ground
  • Noise curfew is 10pm

For more informaton, call Sunwater on 13 15 89.


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

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 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 activities. To gain approval, submit a General Application for Access to Sunwater Land or Infrastructure and Events, or contact us on 13 15 89.

Read the signs and stay safe

For your own safety, please take note of the signs around the dam. 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 where they are allowed to go.

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Safety information

Most injuries around dams and weirs are a combination of being in unauthorised areas, excess alcohol consumption, skylarking, not boating to dam conditions and general slips, trips and falls around recreation areas. Enjoy the surroundings of your local dam or weir and stay safe by looking out for potential hazards and risks.