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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 Atherton.

Back in 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 its name.

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, it’s 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 spots.

Facilities in the area including restaurants, BBQ’s, picnic areas, boat ramps, toilets, showers, walking tracks as well as the varied local accommodation including caravan parks, camping spots, B&B’s, motels etc.

Dam retaining wall - Lake Tinaroo ฉ A & H Holdenm June 2008

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 heritage.

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 Tinaroo accommodation and 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.

Information Centre Atherton Tableland Information Centre

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service - Atherton

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Tinaroo / Lake Tinaroo / Tinaroo Falls Dam Attractions

Camping sites
• 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 Tree
• 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 Forest Drive
• 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.
Hallorans Hill Lookout
• 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 Tinaroo.
Platypus Rocks Lookout
• Comprises of a number of exposed granite tors, providing views over the lake and Tableland.
Tinaroo Dam
• Built on the Barron River and supplying water for irrigation, hydro-electricity and drinking. Tinaroo is one of the shire’s 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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Tinaroo Tours/Charters

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Cairns Reef Charter Services
• 61 Bluewater Drv (off Malcolm Road), TINAROO QLD 4870
• Ph: +61 7 4031 4742 • Fax: +61 7 4031 4610 • Email
• We wrote the book on fishing, cruising, sailing and diving the Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North Queensland. With many years of experience and thousands of successful charters behind us we know that we can put together an individual fishing, cruising, sailing or diving package tailored to fit any request no matter how unusual. Our boats are world class, the crews friendly and expert, the environment unbeatable!

Lake Tinaroo has a lot to offer the angler who seeks "bigger and better" fish. The stories that abound about the size of the "Barramundi" in this gentle lake prove themselves in the record books. We offer fully guided day trips, although, why not stay for a little longer!

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Tinaroo / Lake Tinaroo / Tinaroo Falls Dam Images

Dam retaining wall - Lake Tinaroo ฉ A & H Holdenm June 2008 Dam retaining wall - Lake Tinaroo ฉ A & H Holdenm June 2008 Camping and boating at Lake Tinaroo ฉ A & H Holden, June 2008 Grassed camping sites at Lake Tinaroo ฉ A & H Holden, June 2008
Camper vans at Lake Tinaroo ฉ A & H Holden, June 2008 Tinaroo Falls Dam Technical Specification ฉ A & H Holden, June 2008    
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