Tinaroo / Lake Tinaroo / Tinaroo Falls Dam - Cities, Towns and Localities
The township of Tinaroo, encompassing Tinaroo Falls, Tinaroo
Falls Dam and Lake Tinaroo, is located on the shores of the huge
artificial lake west of Yungaburra and north-east of
1878, John Atherton was to discover tin and gold in a local creek and is
credited with naming the creek Tinaroo, from which the township takes
Tinaroo Dam was started in 1953 and completed in 1958, and
was built to dam the water from the Barron River to supply irrigation
for the regions tobacco farms and produce; as well as to supplement
water passing through the Barron Gorge Hydro-Electricity Station.
Tinaroo Dam is now one of the three largest water storages in
Queensland, which is about three quarters the size of Sydney Harbour,
and is often referred to just as Lake Tinaroo. Today, its multi-purpose
use includes water supply for the Tableland towns, crop irrigation,
stock watering and recreation.
The town has grown over the years, with the waterway offering a
pleasant escape from the heat and attracting locals and tourist alike.
There is something for everyone, with a variety of activities including
sailing, water-skiing, swimming, boating, fishing, red clawing, bird
watching, and walking. For a relaxing stroll, you can walk along the
jetty to see the dam spillway, then stop off in one of the many picnic
Facilities in the area including restaurants, BBQs, picnic
areas, boat ramps, toilets, showers, walking tracks as well as the
varied local accommodation including caravan parks, camping spots,
B&Bs, motels etc.
The lake also provides an ideal habitat for birds and bird watching,
with recorded sightings of over 300 different bird species, that
include: White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey, Herons, Egrets, Ibis,
Spoonbills, Rufous Night Heron, Black-necked Stalk, Purple Swamphen,
Caspian Tern, Eurasian Coot, Red-kneed Dotterel, Whistling-Ducks, Green
Pygmy-Goose, Black fronted Plover and many more. There is also fishing
all year round, with the catch including our famous barramundi.
There is also the Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre at Black
Gully. This education establishment is staffed by teachers offering
programs catering for pupils from pre-school to Year 12. Fostering an
increased enjoyment, appreciation and knowledge of the natural
environment, pupils develop an understanding of and a caring attitude
towards the preservation and maintenance of the world around them. The
programs range from hands-on skills in canoeing and team building to
studies of forest types, endangered species, water quality and cultural
The Department of Innovation and Information Economy (Sport and
Recreation Queensland) run the Lake Tinaroo Outdoor Recreation Centre,
which provides a hall/gymnasium, tennis court, ropes course, BBQ,
orienteering course, accommodation and campfire area. An activities
officer is also available on site at an additional cost, to undertake
activities such as high ropes, sailing, canoeing and abseiling.
Check out our listing of
Atherton Tableland accommodation.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.
Tinaroo / Lake Tinaroo / Tinaroo Falls Dam Attractions
At designated camping areas. Permits must be obtained from the
self-registration station on arrival at the park. For further
information contact: Atherton QPWS District Office.
|The Cathedral Fig
Located about 5 km from the Gillies Hwy, it is the same
species of tree as the Curtain Fig Tree (Ficus virens), but has evolved
to display a different habit of the strangler fig. It is frequented by
a variety of wildlife.
|The Danbulla State
A 30 km circuit drive which starts near Lake Barrine
on the Gillies Hwy and ends at Tinaroo Dam. The entrance to The Danbulla
State Forest Drive is signposted and begins a few km past the Lake
Barrine turnoff. Points of interest along the route include: the
Cathedral Fig Tree, Mobo Creek Crater, Lake Euramoo Arbour Walk and the
Kauri Creek Walk. Go to the Environmental Protection Agency to for
more information and to download the Danbulla Forest Drive brochure.
Atherton is built on the side of an extinct volcano, Hallorans Hill. If you take the walking track (1.5 km) you will see a
curtain fig tree, miniature waterfalls rock pools and rainforest. Once
you reach the lookout, there are sweeping views across some of the
richest farming land in North Queensland, "The Seven Sisters" and Lake
Comprises of a number of exposed granite tors, providing
views over the lake and Tableland.
Built on the Barron River and supplying water for irrigation, hydro-electricity
and drinking. Tinaroo is one of the shires most popular tourist
locations, where visitors enjoy sailing, water-skiing, swimming,
fishing, red clawing, bird watching, picnic spots, BBQs, and much more.
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