Wivenhoe Dam

Wivenhoe Dam or Lake Wivenhoe is built 80 kilometres from the city of Brisbane on the Brisbane River. It’s primary function is to provide a reliable water supply to South East Queensland but it was also built as a measure to combat the devastation of the Brisbane River flooding. The dam has a total storage capacity of 2.6 million megalitres and can contain an extra 1.45 million megalitres to help with flood mitigation. Construction work began on the dam in 1976 and finished in 1985 at a total cost of $450 million dollars.

Wivenhoe Dam is also a great spot for recreational activities including boating, swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, sailing and is often used for Rowing meets. On the shores of the dam you can go for great walks and choose a spot to picnic and barbeque on the shores.

From upper viewing - next to spillway ”r by aglnl, on Flickr
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Wivenhoe Dam is also a beautiful spot to gather family and friends for a camping trip. The camping sites get very busy at Christmas time, New Year’s Eve, Australia Day weekend and Easter so it’s highly recommened you book in advance.

More information on camping at Wivenhoe Dam.