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?

Located about an hour and a half from Cairns, this human-made marvel protected from the winds and the oppressive humidity of the lower regions.

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, it’s 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.

They have trapped enough water from the Barron River to form a surface area about ¾ the size of Sydney Harbour.

The lakes average depth is 13 metres, and the shoreline extends about 210 kilometres.

Activities on the Lake

It is affording an array of water activities including swimming water skiing, sailing, canoeing, even house boating.


The fishing is second to none with prize-winning Sooty Grunder up to 6 kg.  The most popular catch, 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.

While the more adventurous can hike through lush rainforest, ride mountain bikes on miles of track around the dam.

Pitch a tent or 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 the Tableland’s most popular holiday spot.