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Tinaroo Falls Dam

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Water Supply Scheme


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General information

Scheme name
Stream name
Barron River
Lake name
Lake Tinaroo
Structure description
Mass concrete
Algae Level
Storage capacity (ML)
Year completed


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Visitor information

Thank you for visiting Tinaroo 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

Recreational facilities are provided by Tablelands Regional Council. See their website for more details.


Fishing species include Archerfish, Bony Bream, Eel-Tailed Catfish, Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Mouth Almighty, Northern Saratoga, Sleepy Cod, Silver Perch, Snub Nosed Gar, Sooty Grunter and Redclaw Crayfish. Tilapia were illegally introduced into Lake Tinaroo and have established themselves. This pest species should be destroyed if caught.

The main drawcards to Tinaroo Falls Dam are the Sooty Grunter (in excess of 6 kg) and barramundi (recorded to 45 kg).


There are no boating restrictions with several concrete boat ramps available.


There are numerous camping and/or accommodation sites available around Lake Tinaroo.


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.