Teemburra Dam

Teemburra Dam

98.13%

  • Pinnacle
CURRENT ALGAE LEVELS Low (Green)
CURRENT CAPACITY

98.13%

9:00am 29.07.2021

STORAGE CAPACITY

0

Mega Litres

HISTORICAL LOW

0%

27.07.2021

HISTORICAL HIGH

109.95%

23.02.2000

Location

Teemburra Dam

Pinnacle

Queensland

4741

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Recreational facilities are managed by Mackay Regional Council.

Boating

Boating activities are permitted, excluding water skiing and jet skiing, 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 and managed by Sunwater.

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

Fishing

Fishing is permitted at Teemburra 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 not permitted at Teemburra dam.

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 and obey the speed limit.

Hazards

There is the potential 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 an outlet.

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 Teemburra 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

Teemburra Dam under construction in 1995

Teemburra Dam

Built in 1997 and capable of holding 147,600 ML of water, Teemburra Dam’s construction inadvertently created a local tourist attraction — pies.

In the early 1990s while the dam was being built, a 400-worker camp sprang up in the Pioneer Valley. The nearby Pinnacle Hotel was a favourite hangout for the hungry workers, so the publican created the Pinnacle pie to feed them. Today those pies are a big drawcard and visitors flock to the area to try them.

Teemburra Dam is comprised of a main dam and Saddle Dams 1 and 2, which are 60 km west of Mackay.  The main dam regulates flows into Teemburra Creek, whereas Saddle Dam 2 supplies water into Palm Tree Creek via a 1.8 km pipeline to augment storages on the Pioneer River. The primary outlet is located at Saddle Dam 2 and delivers water to Cattle Creek Valley where irrigation demand is high.