Where to stay
Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park is a popular pet-friendly holiday spot with a range of accommodation options including 47 waterfront villas, poolside, family and studio units, budget cabins and caravan and camp sites. The park has plenty to keep the family entertained with a large resort-style swimming pool and a giant jumping pillow. Guests can also hire peddle carts, kayaks, canoes and boats. Tinaroo Lake Resort is a stylish home-away-from home with all apartment balconies providing views of the lake. The resort has an outdoor pool, barbecue area, library, restaurant and bar so there are plenty of places to relax and unwind after a day out on the lake.
At the very heart of the Atherton Tablelands is Lake Tinaroo. With over 200km of shoreline, it offers fishing, sailing and water sports enthusiasts plenty of room to spread out. Each year more than 500,000 people visit the lake, which was built on the Barron River in the 1950s. Lush green scenery and deep, clear water affords the perfect backdrop for sailing, boating, canoeing, water skiing and more. Recreational fishing is also popular with ample opportunity to snag a barramundi, sooty grunter, sleepy cod, mouth almighty, archer fish, spangled perch and many species of crayfish, including the red-claw and yabby. Drive along the shores of Lake Tinaroo, stopping at Platypus Rock Lookout for a view over the lake and Tablelands. This “May Day Regatta” is held over the three-day long weekend from the April 30 to May 2, 2016. The club grounds on Black Gully Road is the best spectator spot throughout the weekend.
DAY VISITS There is plenty to see
and do around Lake Tinaroo from fishing and kayaking to bird watching and bushwalking. Visitors to the region can also enjoy tours of the lake, or explore the surrounding national parks.
HISTORY Built in the 1950s on
the Barron River, the dam wall is 45.1 metres high and traps enough water from the Barron River to create a lake three-quarters the size of Sydney Harbour. It was built to irrigate approximately 9000 hectares annually in sections of the basins of the Barron, Mitchell and Walsh Rivers, also supplying around 800 local farms from the channel system and streams fed by Tinaroo Falls Dam. This water also supplies the Barron Gorge Hydro Electric Power Station, above Lake Placid at Kamerunga, near Cairns.
EVENTS The Yungaburra Triathlon is
an annual event held at the beautiful Avenue of Honour at Lake Tinaroo in November. This event embodies the essence of the Soldier On Organisation, which is to inspire and empower. The Tinaroo Sailing Club also hosts one of the largest dinghy sailing regatta’s in North Queensland attracting up to 100 boats.