Burdekin Falls Dam








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Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin Falls Dam Road

Mount Wyatt




  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information


Recreational facilities are owned and managed by Sunwater.


Boat ramp: please note, when the dam is near or exceeds 100 per cent capacity, or at low levels, the boat ramp will be closed for safety reasons. Before visiting Burdekin Falls Dam for recreation, we strongly recommend checking that the boat ramp is open by visiting our Recreation and Safety Alerts page or Facebook and Twitter. The boat ramp is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Boating activities are permitted at Lake Dalrymple, 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 200 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.

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


Fishing is permitted at Lake Dalrymple, however, Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the dam wall. Fishermen 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 is permitted at Burdekin Falls Dam near the dam wall on the north side of the Burdekin River. No bookings are taken. Facilities include powered and unpowered sites, hot showers and a dump point.

  • The self-service pay station is located near the Sunwater office
  • The maximum allowed stay is four (4) weeks
  • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard) payments: $7 per person per night
  • Cash payments: $8 per person per night
  • Powered site is an additional $5 per day
  • No EFTPOS and cheque payments
  • 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 10:00pm


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


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.


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 vehicle access

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 and obey the speed limit.

The Burdekin Dam Falls road at the spillway is subject to closure when the dam is spilling or if a spill is imminent. Before planning your journey, we recommend checking if the road below the spillway is closed by visiting www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au and searching Burdekin Falls Dam or by calling us on 13 15 89 during business hours.


There is a known presence of submerged trees 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 Burdekin Falls 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.

Recreation Facility Upgrade Project

In 2022, the Queensland Government announced Sunwater would receive $24.5 million over five years to upgrade and maintain recreation facilities at Sunwater assets across the state.  Find out more about this project here.

Playing safe

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

Dam history

Burdekin Falls Dam during construction
During construction of Burdekin Falls Dam, a gap was left open to allow for natural flows as the Dam was being built

Burdekin Falls Dam

Extensive studies in the 1970s revealed additional water supply was vital to the continuing economic development of Queensland’s Burdekin Basin.

In fact, the Burdekin Project Committee found the continued growth of agriculture and other sectors could stagnate before the year 2000 without the availability of adequate water resources.  Besides the dominant sugar industry, it was hoped that the rice industry might also expand.

So began Burdekin Falls Dam – completed in 1987 at a cost of $125 million to harness the mighty Burdekin River, which drains a water catchment comprising about 13 million ha, or nearly 7% of the state. Today, Burdekin Falls Dam on Lake Dalrymple is the largest water storage asset in Queensland.

In 2017, Sunwater invested $5.36 million to complete a Dam Improvement Project to upgrade foundation drainage.

As well as its vital role supporting the region’s agriculture, the dam supplies water to Townsville about 150 km to the north.