It is almost a kilometre wide, has a 500 metre spillway, and contains
630,000 cubic metres of concrete.
And it's not a bad place for a day
trip or a weekend getaway.
The road to the dam by BitKeeper82 via Flickr.com
It is south of Ravenswood,
Towers - a
historical mining town in north Queensland.If the dam is dry, you can
drive another way
to (and reach it from) Collinsville, inland from Bowen
and the coast of Burdekin
Region. But during the Wet season the dam often overflows.
Emu family by ibsut via Flickr.com
Facts and History Burdekin
River was first named
by the early explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. There is a monument to him
next to the dam lookout.
The dam was on the plans as early as in 1950 but was finally built in
1984-7, on the mighty Burdekin River - one of the
largest in Queensland. It created Lake Dalrymple - a huge lake (largest
with water activities.
Pelicans, cormorants and gulls by ibsut via Flickr.com
Purpose and Benefits Lake
Dalrymple is a great water
supply for the surrounding farms, and it even supplies emergency water
to Townsville (should Ross
River Dam get too dry). The dam itself protects the area downstream
from floods that used to plague the area.
The dam by robstephaustralia via Flickr.com
Things to Do
There are barbecues, picnic
areas, and powered and unpowered camping
sites. There are no fuel or shops. As at many dams, fishing
is great, here with species like golden perch, silver perch, black
bream, dewfish, sleepy cod, and barramundi. There are even red claw
yabbies. It's a great place for a day outing or a weekend camping trip
if you live in Charters Towers or Townsville.
The dam by BitKeeper82 via Flickr.com
Here's a map of the
Burdekin Falls Dam area. You can double-click
anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places
closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the
satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand
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