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  • Lake Tinaroo
  • Tinaroo Dam Spillway
  • Cathedral Fig Tree


Tinaroo is a small settlement of accommodation and private residences on the edge of Lake Tinaroo, which is very popular for sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, red claw potting, and enjoying a spot of camping. The lake was created in 1952 when the Barron River was dammed to supply irrigation water to farming areas of the Tablelands.

Lake Tinaroo is open all year for the famous sportsfish, barramundi. It is part of a fish stocking scheme, and permits are required to fish (which is a contribution to the scheme). Permits cost $7 per week for a couple, children under 18 free, and can be obtained from the caravan park shop at Lake Tinaroo township (also bait). A Barra Bash is held on the lake each year, and Tinaroo holds the record for the largest freshwater barra caught. You can either hire a boat or take a fishing tour.

Danbulla Forest Drive – Take the 28km unsealed forest drive through plantations of pine and eucalypt trees, rainforest of the State Forest and Wet Tropics, with lovely views of the lake. Start at the Tinaroo Dam Spillway at the northern end of Tinaroo Township. Allow at least an hour for the drive itself.

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