Picturesque Lake Cania is located approximately 37 kilometers north of Monto and 194 kilometers from Gladstone. The sealed road from Monto branches off the Burnett Highway (A3) twelve kilometers north of Monto and passes through the 3 000 hectare Cania Gorge National Park. The lake is situated on Three Moon Creek, a tributary of the Burnett River. The dam is constructed from earth and rock fill and has a storage capacity of 88,500 megalitres. The short steep walk or easy drive to the lookout is well worth the effort. From here the breathtaking panoramic views of the Gorge's coloured sandstone cliffs and the spectacular sunsets will leave lasting memories of Cania. Kangaroos and Whiptail Wallabies inhabit the area during late afternoon.
Fishing and Boating
Fish from the shore or a boat. Lake Cania is noted for saratoga catches. Other species of the day included bass, golden perch (yellow belly), silver perch, eel-tailed catfish, spangled perch, eel and snub-nosed garfish. Fish stocking occurs three times a year and stock impoundment permits are required all year round.
After fishing, sailing, water skiing, canoeing or wind surfing, relax under the shade trees and enjoy a picnic or a barbecue in the attractively landscaped grounds.
Lake Cania offers excellent recreation facilities and activities including:
Camping is only permitted at the nearby tourist parks.
The closest fuel and public telephone are 4km away at the Cania Gorge Caravan and Tourist Park.
The town of Monto provides services including supermarkets, chemist, hospital, medical, banking, fuel and post office.
Only a 20 minute drive north-west from the town of Biggenden and 80 kilometers south-west of Bundaberg lies Paradise Dam on the Burnett River. The dam is named after the old gold mining township of Paradise which now lies under the waters. It was completed in November 2005 after four years of construction and has a capacity of 300 000 megalitres.
Fishing and Boating
Prior to the construction of the dam, the Burnett River was stocked in this area with Australian bass, barramundi, golden perch and silver perch. There are breeding populations of eel-tailed catfish, fork-tailed catfish, spangled perch and the endangered Queensland lungfish.
Paradise Dam is not currently a stocked Impoundment, therefore a permit is not required. There are no boating restrictions except an exclusion zone near the dam wall.
Launch your boat, take a picnic and ride 5km upstream to view the "Kalliwa Hut" which is well worth the journey. This original slab hut was shifted from Drinan, near Wallaville (approximately 13 kilometers south west of Gin Gin), to its present site in 1936 as the Ranger's house.
New, modern facilities are available for your convenience including:
Camping is permitted at the Dam however you must report to the kiosk on arrival.
There are some very interesting walks to take, including a hike on the 5 kilometre Finney Creek walking trail or a shorter walk around the Heritage Trail which takes you to various parts of the old gold mining sites. Experience a walk along the Bicentennial National Trail which runs along the edge of the Paradise Reserve.
Take a leisurely walk down along Campbell Road to the historic Paradise cemetery or a short drive along Paradise road to view a kiln which was built for burning agricultural lime out of soil.
Biggenden is 35 kilometers away and is the closest point for fuel and public telephone access. There are many services including hospital, supermarket, newsagency and post office.
Mingo Crossing Recreation Area is located between Biggenden and the small country town of Mount Perry. The setting along the Burnett River and surrounded by rural countryside creates a peaceful and relaxing country atmosphere and a perfect spot to cast a line or put in the tinny.
The Mingo Crossing recreation area facilities include:
The closest fuel, medical and banking services are located in Mount Perry, 30 minutes away.
Claude Wharton Weir
The Burnett River provides excellent recreational fishing. Claude Wharton Weir, named after a state parliamentarian of the late 1900s who was born in Gayndah, is located off the Burnett Highway just north of Gayndah on the Burnett River.
Fishing and Boating
Australian bass, barramundi, golden perch (yellowbelly), spangled perch and catfish are the commonly caught species in the Burnett River.
There are a large number of excellent places to go boating. The varying waterways provide areas for some quiet canoeing around a creek, a spot of fishing and plenty of room for water skiing.
Camping is only permitted for one night.
The town of Gayndah provides many services including hospital and medical, variety of shops, supermarket, banking, post office, fuel and pharmacy.
Noted for its beautiful views and as a venue for fishing and water sports, Wuruma Dam is situated on the Nogo River between Monto and Eidsvold. It lies approximately a 2.5 hour drive west of Bundaberg and has a sealed road access from the Burnett Highway via Abercorn. The dam was built in three years from 1966 at a cost of $5.3 million. It is a mass gravity concrete structure with a storage capacity of 165 400 megalitres.
Fishing and Boating
Wuruma Dam has been one of the most popular attractions of this area for many years. As a relaxing water recreation facility, Wuruma Dam hosts water sports, picnics, barbecues and a fresh riparian atmosphere.
Popular water sports include water skiing, power boating, canoeing, sailing, fishing and swimming.
The Wuruma Dam Fish Restocking Association stock fish including barramundi, Australian bass, golden perch and silver perch. There are breeding populations of eel-tailed catfish, spangled perch and eels.
A 200 metre exclusion zone for boating exists from the dam wall. Fishing permits are required all year round.
Recreational fishing competitions are held annually with fantastic prizes on offer.
Facilities provided at the dam include:
Camping is permitted only in the designated camping area. Pets are allowed, however, must be kept on a leash or under control.
The significant wildlife is also a wonderful attraction and in many cases, visitors can expect to see swans, pelicans, wallabies, kangaroos, bandicoots, echidnas, dingos, possums, gliders, koalas and on rare occasions, platypus.
Eidsvold is 46km south of Wuruma Dam and provides hospital and medical facilities, fuel, grocery and postal services.
Kirar Weir was built in 2005 on the Burnett River eight kilometres west of Eidsvold. The name Kirar was given to the weir by local aboriginal group Wakka Wakka. Fish from the shore or just relax by the river in the peaceful surrounds. The abundance of birdlife here makes bird watching (particualarly swans) an ideal pastime.
Camping is prohibited at the weir however an overnight stopover is permitted at the Ceratodus Rest Area located 17 kilometres away on the Burnett Highway between Eidsvold and Monto.
Eidsvold is a few minutes' drive from Kirar Weir.
Jones Weir is located on the Burnett River at Mundubbera.
Fishing and Boating
Built in 1951, the weir is stocked with Australian bass, barramundi and yellowbelly. Catfish, eel and spangled perch are also present. It is a scenic site for bird watching and fishing. Platypus and ceratodus, or lungfish, may be spotted ocassionally.
The Mundubbera Apex Ski Area is located four kilometres from the weir along Coonambula Road. It is a popular year-round recreation facility. Boating, fishing, and water skiing all take place on the waters of Jones Weir.
Nearby Mundubbera offers a variety of services including fuel, hospital, supermarket, banking, pharmacy and post office.