Feeling like a weekend away? Eungella Dam is well known as one of Mackay’s local go-to’s for the perfect family (including the furry kind) getaway.
To get there from Mackay, follow the Peak Downs Highway until you get to the Mackay-Eungella Rd turnoff, then continue all the way to Eungella. It’s approximately a 90km trip, a scenic 2 hour drive, and includes a steep trek up the winding Clarke Range before you reach the Township at the top. Follow the road sweeping to the left which will eventually change from bitumen to gravel for another 35-40km all the way to the dam. It really is a lovely drive that takes you through the picturesque Pioneer Valley, up and over the rainforest of the Eungella National Park and then onto the dusty cattle paddocks of the Crediton State Forest.
Between the Township and Crediton State Forest is Eungella National Park, home to over 20km of bush walking tracks. A stop here is a must if you want to dust off the hiking boots and get amongst the natural beauty that the rainforest has to offer! Feeling peckish after a hike? The Platypus Lodge & Restaurant is a fantastic place to refuel with morning tea or lunch.
About Eungella Dam –
Surprisingly for Tropical QLD it can get cold in the evenings, especially in winter, but campfires are permitted. We would advise bringing your own firewood as it can be pretty scarce up there. It’s also worth bearing in mind that it can be a windy spot, so even though the view is a little nicer on the eastern side, the western side is a lot more sheltered. Basic amenities including long drop toilets, and cold showers are available, and there is a ramp to launch your boat from.
We love to plan long weekends with friends or a family getaway. Pack some delicious food for BBQ’s, fresh salads, a box of home-made brownies and a bottle (or 3) of wine and enjoy getting away from it all. We always pack the cricket bats for fun in the daytime and a pack of cards and marshmallows to lounge and laugh the evening away. The dam is very popular and is often a buzz with people fishing, swimming and water skiing. Being one of QLD’s more established fresh water fisheries, it’s regularly stocked with sooty grunters and barramundi. It even hosts the World sooty grunter fishing competition!
With large undefined camping sites right along the banks of the dam and great fishing, it makes it an ideal location for all types and all ages. Pick a weekend and go enjoy the beautiful Mackay Region and don’t forget to share your adventures with us!