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Fairbairn Dam

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Nogoa Mackenzie

Water Supply Scheme


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General information

Scheme name
Nogoa Mackenzie
Stream name
Nogoa River
Lake name
Lake Maraboon
Structure description
Earthfill embankment
Algae Level
Storage capacity (ML)
Year completed


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Visitor information

Thank you for visiting Fairbairn 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


Fishing is not permitted within 200m upstream and 400m downstream of the Fairbairn Dam wall. A fishing permit is available from Fisheries Queensland that sets out the conditions under which you can fish at Queensland dams. For more information, contact Fisheries Queensland on 13 25 23.

By far the most popular fish at Fairbairn Dam is the Redclaw crayfish. Other fish include Barramundi, Silver Perch, and Golden Perch.


Boating is allowed at Fairbairn Dam. Please be aware that boating, skiing and other water activities are not permitted within 200m of the Fairbairn Dam wall. For more information about what water activities are allowed on Lake Maraboon contact Maritime Safety Queensland (Gladstone region) on (07) 4971 5200.


Camping is not permitted on Sunwater land at Fairbairn Dam, however camping is available at the nearby Lake Maraboon Holiday Park. Phone 07 4982 3677 for details.

There are numerous other areas in and around Emerald that are suitable for camping. For more information, contact the Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre on 07 4982 4142 or email emerald@capricorntourism.com.au


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 please take your rubbish with you. Please also take any seafood rubbish with you to reduce odour.

Antisocial behaviour

If you observe vandalism, antisocial behaviour or any illegal activities, please contact the Police immediately on 000.

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.

Motorcycles and other vehicles

The recreational use of registered and unregistered motorcycles and four wheelers within the camping area and the surrounding private property is strictly prohibited.  The speed limit in the camping area is 20km/h.

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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.