Lake Tinaroo, or Tinaroo Dam, is located in the Atherton Tablelands some 70km southwest of Cairns. This popular recreational dam is frequented for fishing and water sports and also assists in hydro-power generation, irrigation and urban water supply.
Fishing at the lake requires a stocked impoundment permit as Barramundi fingerlings are released into the dam for fishermen to catch. The revenue raised from these permits assists with supplying the fingerlings in the future. Permits can be obtained from most Australia Post outlets and the lake's caravan park. Penalties apply if caught by the fisheries department without a permit.
are obviously the main attraction here. These elusive fish do feed all year round however they are far more active in the warmer months and you’d have a better chance of catching one then. Lures and live bait work well on Barramundi and if you have your own boat trolling is the ideal way to explore the lake. Due to the record size Barramundi caught here heavy gear and braid line are highly recommended. Record trophy Barra caught here exceed a whopping 30kg.
If you aren’t very experienced and are intent on fishing for Barramundi on the lake your best bet would be to join a fishing charter and improve your chances substantially. Several charters operate in the area and also from Cairns.
Barramundi may be the catch of the day, however Sooty Grunter are another popular catch and record sizes of 5kg have been hooked here. Not exactly a trophy Barra but an impressive size for a Sooty.
A selection of accommodation is available around the lake including houses, self-contained units, cabins, powered camping and bush camping in several designated camp grounds. Booking ahead for accommodation is recommended during summer holidays and long weekends.
Not only is Lake Tinaroo enjoyable within, but also to drive around, exploring its circumference and the beautiful rainforest it co-exists with. The circuit is approximately 55km in length ending back out on the main road between Atherton and Gordonvale.
On the water sports side of things pretty much anything goes. Waterskiing, sailing, canoeing and swimming are amongst the popular activities enjoyed on this enormous lake with plenty of water for everyone. In summer the lake is a very busy place and it’s blatantly obvious why. The fresh waterway provides an aquatic playground in a delightful setting and its large expanse allows all sorts of activities to converge.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
Return from Lake Tinaroo to Queensland