Eungella Dam

 

 

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CURRENT ALGAE LEVELS  
CURRENT CAPACITY

 

 

STORAGE CAPACITY

 

Mega Litres

HISTORICAL LOW

 

 

HISTORICAL HIGH

 

 

Location

Eungella Dam

Eungella Dam

Queensland

4757

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Recreational facilities are owned and managed by Sunwater.

Boating

Boating activities are permitted at Eungella Dam, 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. The boat ramp is owned by Transport and Main Roads and managed by Sunwater.

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

Fishing

Fishing is permitted at Eungella Dam, however, 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

Camping is permitted at Eungella Dam. Camping facilities are run by Sunwater. A Eungella Dam Camping Permit form will need to be completed and mailed to Sunwater, PO Box 623, Moranbah QLD 4744 or submitted at the self-registration station at the camping area (located near the camping area toilet block). Fees apply and can be paid at the self-registration station or online using BPAY. Please refer to the camping rules on the reverse of the camping permit for a list of all camping rules. Maximum allowed stay is four weeks. For reasons of safety, camping is not permitted within five metres of the lake water line.

Open campfires are permitted in designated areas, unless otherwise advised due to fire restrictions. Fires outside of these areas are strictly prohibited. For current fire restriction information, visit Rural Fire’s website.

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 no BBQs available. 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 and obey the speed limit.

Hazards

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 Eungella 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

Eungella Dam Hazardous work on spill way wall circa 1966
Eungella Dam construction workers on the spillway circa 1966

Eungella Dam

Underneath Eungella Dam’s waters lie the remains of a cattle station owned by the McEvoy family, whose homestead was removed before the area was flooded.

Up to 250 people were employed during the four years it took to build the dam, many of them living in a makeshift on-site township before the dam was officially opened in February 1969. Eungella Dam’s full storage capacity is 112,400 ML, and it covers 890 ha.

Eungella is a particularly scenic water storage, tucked away in rugged hill country surrounded by largely untouched forests teeming with wildlife. Popular with campers, the dam has also been stocked with fish for anglers to enjoy.