Lake Tinaroo Camp, Fish, Ski, Relax, Getaway.

Are you planning a trip to North Queensland, maybe a second or a third?  Why not experience the Atherton Tableland’s main attraction, Lake Tinaroo?

Lake Tinaroo is about an hour and a half west of Cairns.  Lake Tinaroo is a human-made marvel protected from the lower regions’ winds and humidity.

A refreshing change in atmosphere for the more than 500,000 tourists who visit the Northern Region each year.

With its peaceful waters, temperate weather, and gorgeous scenery, this is the perfect place to plan a fast getaway or a memory-filled vacation.

Lake Tinaroo

Built primarily for irrigation, the 45-metre Lake Tinaroo, also called the Tinaroo Dam, was completed in 1958.

Waters from the Barron River form a surface area about ¾ the size of Sydney Harbour.

The lake’s average depth is 13 metres, and the shoreline extends about 210 kilometres.

Activities on the Lake

It affords an array of water activities, including swimming, water skiing, sailing and canoeing.


The fishing is second to none, with prize-winning Sooty Grunder up to 6 kg.  The most popular catch is the Barramundi, some weighing in at 34 kgs and up to 120 cms in length!

Surrounded by Tinaroo Range and Danbulla State Forest, Lake Tinaroo is an incredible and unique retreat.

It’s a sanctuary for birdwatchers with more than 200 recorded species to keep them enthralled.

Mountain bike and walking tracks surround the lake, perfect for outdoor adventures.

Pitch a tent, park your motor home on camping grounds on the shore, or pamper yourself and stay in a luxurious resort.

With as much as there is to see and do, it is no wonder that Lake Tinaroo is Tableland’s most popular holiday spot.

Nearby you will find the quaint village of Yungaburra with a range of cafes and gift shops.


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