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Awoonga Dam ( Lake Awoonga ) - Benaraby. Qld

Built across the Boyne River south west of Gladstone, the Awoonga Dam is a rockfill structure with a concrete upstream face slab. The embankment was formed from rock excavated from a quarry on the Eastern side of the dam wall. The embankment is over 650 metres in length and 54.4 metres in height, with a volume of approximately 2 million cubic metres of rock. The spillway’s height is 40 metres AHD. This design of the current dam allows for further raising, if necessary, through the addition of gates to the top of the spillway. The current capacity of the dam is 777,000 megalitres.

The Gladstone Area Water Board with the Gladstone Port Authority has begun a breeding program Mangrove Jack and mullet for stocking in Lake Awoonga. Approximately 300,000 fish are released into Lake Awoonga each year (200,000 barramundi and 100,000 mullet, and small numbers of mangrove jack). The fish are bred at our purpose-built fish hatchery, operated jointly by the Gladstone Area Water Board and the Gladstone Port Authority. The hatchery is one of the largest breeders of barramundi fingerlings in Queensland and our mangrove jack breeding program has resulted in Lake Awoonga holding the largest stocks in Australia with over 13,000 released.
Since 1996 over two million barramundi fingerlings and 340,000 mullet fingerlings have been released into Lake Awoonga. Barramundi in the 10-25kg range are regularly caught from the lake. the largest barramundi caught to date was 29.8kg. The fish you may encounter in Lake Awoonga are: Agassiz’s Glass Perch, Banded Grunter, Barramundi, Bony Bream, Eastern Rainbowfish, Eeltail catfish, Fly-specked Hardyhead, Forktail Catfish, Gudgeon, Long-finned Eel, Longtom (Alligator Gar), Mouth Almighty, Sea Mullet, Snub-nose Garfish, Spangled Perch. (Present in low numbers: Hyrtl’s Tandan, Mangrove Jack, Saratoga, Silver Perch, Sleepy Cod, Sooty Grunter & Yellowbelly)

The Board has a continuing fishery monitoring program in place using net surveys, to evaluate the success of the restocking effort. Although not deliberately stocked, redclaw crayfish have become well established at the lake.

The Barramundi closed season does not apply to Lake Awoonga.

Fishing Guide / Charter Operator

Johhny Mitchell - Lake Awoonga Guided Barra Fishing Charters. Johnny has a well earned reputation for consistently producing barra for his clients on lure and soft plastics. You can send an Email

Boating on Lake Awoonga
No Boating Restrictions apply on Lake Awoonga except for a no boating zone in front of dam wall.
A two (2) lane boat ramp is currently open 24 hours.

Boat Hire / House Boat
To be updated

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Awoonga Dam n 1981
Awoonga Dam in 1981

3D View of Lake Awoonga

3D View of Lake Awoonga

Airial view of Lake Awoonga
Airial view of Awoonga Dam
Airial view of Main Recreation Area at Awoonga
Airial view of Recreation area
Awoonga Dam Satelite image

Satelite Image of Lake Awoonga
Recent Map of Lake Awoonga
Map of Lake Awoonga after dam upgrade
Awoonga Dam Map before the dam wall was raised
Map before wall was raised
Lake Awoonga is renown as a BIG Barra fishery

Lake Awoonga is home to big barramundi

Click on images above for larger view
Some of the above images courtesy of Gladstone Area Water Board


Lake Awoonga Weather

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Recommended Accommodation at Awoonga Dam

Just a few kilometers from Lake awoonga is the Awoonga Geteway Lodge.
Here you can stay in the air-conditioned comfort of self contained cabins and keep easy access to your car or boat.
For further details contact Mark & Lynnette Lorberg. Awoonga Gateway Lodge. 231 Awoonga Dam Rd. Benaraby.

Ph 0749750033. Fax 0749750044 Send them an Email

Awoonga Gateway Cabins

Awoonga Gateway Cabins
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Lake Awoonga Map

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For those who dont have a boat or are just passing through, a good way to see the lake or catch a barra is to hire a barbie boat. No boat licence is required to drive them. They are available on Lake Awoonga or the Boyne River and fit upto 10 people on board. For further enquiries Email Boyne Barbie Boats

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