- Excellent all year round for barramundi and other fishing
- Swimming spots ideal for the family
- Enjoy a picnic or barbecue
- Lunch at Kalinda Café on the deck and enjoy the views
- Hire a houseboat, BBQ boat or fishing charter, or stay at the caravan
- Watersports: go sailing, canoeing or skiing
- Photograph the wildlife or go bird-watching (over 200 bird species or around
25% of Australia’s bird species can be found in the region).
at full height of 40m above sea level, total capacity is 777,000 megalitres which is about 1.4 Sydney Harbours. Because of fluctuating water
levels, boat users of the lake should be aware that submerged hazards exist. The
waters of Lake Awoonga are controlled by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol
and Queensland Water Police under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act,
enforced to prevent potentially dangerous or annoying activities. The onus for
safety is on the owner and master of a vessel. Maps of the lake are available
from Kalinda Café, Lake Awoonga Caravan Park kiosk or the boathouse near Kalinda
Approximately 300,000 fish are released each year including 200,000
barramundi, 100,000 mullet and some mangrove jack. By early 2006 a total of over
2.8 million fish had been released into Lake Awoonga including 2.6 million
barramundi, 470,000 sea mullet and 13,000 mangrove jack. (These fish were bred
at Gladstone Area Water Board’s Fish Hatchery facility.)
Barramundi – no closed season for Lake Awoonga but seasonal limits apply:
Open: 1st Feb - 31st Oct
CLOSED: 1st Nov - 31st Jan
58cm min. / 120 cm max
58 cm minimum
Five (one of which can be greater than 120 cm)
One of which can be greater than 120 cm
Only one and can be over 120 cm
No special tagging required
Sea mullet – minimum 30 cm / no maximum
Mangrove Jack – minimum 35 cm / no maximum
Other Fish – DPI&F fishing regulations govern capture of other species
Catch Records by August 2007:
Barramundi – 33.3 kg (122 cm approx.)
Mangrove jack– 4.5 kg approx (61 cm)
Sea Mullet– 4 kg (80 cm approx)
- Sea Mullet
- Mangrove Jack
- Bony Bream
- Snub-nosed Garfish
- Long-finned Eel
- Eel-tailed Catfish
- Banded Grunter
- Mouth Almighty
- Spangled Perch
- Forktail Catfish
Camping is permitted at only two places on Lake Awoonga (1) the Lake Awoonga
Caravan Park in the main recreation area, and (2) the Boynedale Bush Camp.
||Lake Awoonga Caravan Park: Provides full caravan park facilities including
showers/toilets etc. For more information on the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park and
to make bookings, please Phone: (07) 4975 0155.
Directions: the Lake Awoonga Recreation Area is located about 20 minutes drive
from Gladstone, via Benaraby off the Bruce Highway. If traveling north, just
before the intersection to Gladstone, there is a turn-off on the left.
||Boynedale Bush Camp: Boynedale Bush Camp is a basic bush camping facility,
providing a composting toilet, fire rings, wheelie bins, picnic tables and
shelters. Campers are permitted to stay for up to seven days, and sites are on a
“first come – first served” basis. Basic boat access for boats is provided
Note the following:
1. There is NO potable water - visitors must bring their own water
2. Access roads are unsealed and may become slippery or boggy
during wet weather.
3. Visitors are discouraged from bringing pets to the area
as Lake Awoonga is a wildlife sanctuary. Small dogs may be allowed at the
Boynedale bush camp, but must be kept strictly under control at all times.
There is no electricity supply.
Directions: Turn onto Gladstone-Monto Road just west of Calliope, Central
Queensland and drive for 26 km – watch for signs for the site on the left. Turn
onto dirt road, then drive 1.9 km to the camping area.
Awoonga recreation area gates are opened at 7am and closed at 8 pm, but the
waters of Lake Awoonga are open 24 hours a day. The recreation area is open 365
days a year.
The waters of Lake Awoonga are governed by Maritime Safety laws and recreation
users are advised to follow all relevant rules and regulations and to read the
signs at the lake which provide further details about speed limits etc.
Source: Gladstone Area
Water Board (GAWB)