Water Sports and recreation
Boating & Fishing
The Burnett River system provides lots of opportunities to go fishing and boating in the North Burnett. Many of the dams and weirs are stocked with fish and have great picnic facilities for a day’s outing.
Paradise Dam is 34km north-west of Biggenden. Facilities include non-powered camping sites, free gas barbeques, picnic shelters, children’s playground, environmentally friendly toilets (no showers), concrete boat ramp, fish cleaning tables, walking trails and caretakers kiosk. A 5km boat ride upstream to view the Kalliwa Hut is well worth the trip. This original slab hut was shifted from Drinan, approximately 13km south-west of Gin Gin to its present site in 1936 as the Ranger’s House.
Prior to the construction of the dam, the river was stocked with Australian Bass, Barramundi, Golden Perch (Yellow Belly) and Silver Perch. There are breeding populations of Eel-tailed Catfish, Fork-tailed Catfish, Spangled Perch and Ceratodus (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 at the dam wall.
From 5 December 2022, the responsibility for all public access and camping at the facility has been transferred from Council to Sunwater.
MINGO CROSSING CARAVAN AND RECREATION PARK
P: (07) 4161 6200
Claude Wharton Weir
Facilities include boat ramp, jetty, barbeque area and public toilets. Camping is not allowed; there are caravan parks in town. It is a scenic site for bird watching and fishing. Platypus and Ceratodus (Lungfish) may be spotted.