Borumba Dam

Borumba Dam lies on Yabba Creek about twelve kilometres west of Imbil in the Mary River valley. The dam was built in 1964, and is earmarked for various expansion programs in line with water shortages. The dam currently holds a maximum of 46,000 megalitres, and backs up for about seven kilometres. The dam is surrounded by steep hills with good vegetation. The large hill to the north of the dam wall has hoop pine rainforest in gullies, and campers at the good campgrounds below the dam sometimes see rarer Australian mammals and birds,

Access is off the Bruce Highway near Gympie, by Traveston Crossing Road or Tuchekoi Road, across the Mary River, to Imbil, then straight through town on Yabba Creek Road to the dam. The boat ramp is at the end of the sealed road. Yabba Creek below the Borumba Dam looks like good grade one canoeing, when water is being released by SunWater, but there are numerous low creek crossings and bridges, not to mention some cross creek log jams. If the dam wall was raised enough to make Borumba Dam a major Mary River catchment reservoir, Yabba Creek would make a good site for a white water course similiar to Goolang Creek near Nymboida, New South Wales.

There is a boat ramp near the dam wall. This dam permits powerboating and skiing, and is popular with bass fishermen. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish, $35.00 for one year, or $7.00 for a week. Limits apply to the number of pots that can be used to catch redclaw. An obvious ridge line climbs from the lake on the southern side about three kilometres from the dam wall. A track starts on the western side of the ridge as it runs down to the lake, and climbs to the Mt Borumba firetower. The firetrail road runs along the ridges back towards the dam, and a walking track leaves the firetrail and comes down just near the camping ground entrance. Do not attempt this walk without a topographic map and compass.

Stay clear of the dam wall. Take care when crossing any large area of the dam. A capsize far from shore is to be avoided. When you get to the boat ramp, check the Blue-Green Algae level on the noticeboard before you put your canoe in. There is no camping permitted on the foreshores. An early morning or late afternoon paddle "around the corner" from the main body of water means that you should have the place to yourself.

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carpark and ramp at left mid-distance from dam wall vegetation dam verge view of dam, note ridge descending on left
car park and ramp
southern shoreline
Mt Borumba from dam wall



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