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excellent fun

We went Red Claw catching, however plenty of people were fishing, boating and jetskiing. Nice... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter S
Queensland, Australia
Good short trip out of Emerald

Only twenty minutes or so out of Emerald, Fairbairn Dam is worth a visit. One of the larger water... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Brisbane, Australia
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Emerald, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went Red Claw catching, however plenty of people were fishing, boating and jetskiing. Nice gradual build up in depth from the side of the dam so great for kids....lots of fun

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to drive the 16 kms to visit the Dam and its pretty vast but that’s about it really. Perhaps more interesting to anyone with interests in engineering etc, The picnic area had a pervasive aroma of rotten fish that made sitting having a...More

Thank Jane C
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Only twenty minutes or so out of Emerald, Fairbairn Dam is worth a visit. One of the larger water storages in Queensland, it provides irrigation water supply. The road travels across the dam wall and on the eastern side there are viewing points and a...More

1  Thank bobjanh
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We were not sure what we were coming to as the dam wall came into view. Suddenly a huge body of water came into with a dam wall to drive across. A caravan park was on the other side and picnic area. A great place...More

Thank Marian C
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Several great lookouts over the dam with one on each side. It is sad to see the water level so low and hope rain comes soon to help restore the volume.

Thank Duncan W
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Red claw fishing is great here, more than enough to go around. Facilities are all here too, boat ramp, toilets, bar-b-ques.

Thank caroline s
Reviewed 11 June 2018

When we visited, it was during a dry spell which also means the dam's water level is low. Everything was neat en clean, and there are a couple of nice clean picnic spots available with a view over the dam. I believe that during the...More

Thank Hardusd7
Reviewed 10 June 2018

If you are in Emerald you should take the drive out to the dam. Whilst it is nothing special, the dam itself covers a large area of water which is low. You can drive across the dam wall. Whilst there drive to the caravan park...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Understand that it isn't very full, but there isn't any information at viewing area to explain except for an original plaque with all details written with imperial measurements.

1  Thank fez59
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Even in the dry, this expanse of water is worth the visit. Sunset is exceptional with beautiful reflections on the water. Great for fishing and recreation.

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14 May 2018|
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Response from shazzanorman | Reviewed this property |
23 Kilometers from Emerald, great bbqs for a picnic lunch.
Susanne R
5 September 2015|
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Response from David O | Reviewed this property |
As many as you can catch within the trap limit. Just check with a local as I don't eat them, but I thought it was 10 traps.
Gloria L
22 July 2015|
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Response from Gloria L |
Yes please