Biggenden - Water Sports and Recreation
The dam lies on the beautiful Burnett River and is renowned fresh water fishing. Other water sports include boating, skiing, tubing, sailing and swimming.
Only a 30 minute drive north-west from the town of Biggenden and 80kms 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 water. It was completed in November 2005 after four years of construction and has a capacity of 300,000 megalitres.
Prior to the construction of the dam, the Burnett River was stocked upstream and downstream 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 a stocked impoundment therefore a Stocked Impoundment Permit is not required however please check prior to fishing that this has not changed. There are no boating restrictions except an exclusion zone at the dam wall.
A 5km boat ride upstream to view the 'Kalliwa Hut' located in Good Night Scrub National Park is well worth the journey. This original slab hut was shifted from Drinan, near Wallaville (approximately 13km south west of Gin Gin, to its present site in 1936 as the Ranger’s house.
Facilities: New, modern facilities are available for your convenience including free gas barbecues, picnic shelters, environmentally friendly toilets, concrete boat ramp, fish cleaning tables, 'Paradise by the Water' Kiosk, located in the Information Centre and open Thurs thru Mon (including public holidays) offers packaged food, snacks, basic grocery items and bait and tackle. Camping is permitted at the Dam however you must report to the Caretaker on arrival.
Take a leisurely walk down along Campbells 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.
Come and experience Paradise.
Nearest Services and Re-Supply
Biggenden is 35km away and is the closest point for fuel and public telephone access. There are many services including a supermarket, pharmacy, hospital, newsagency, bakery, butcher, banking, giftware, Hardware, Real Estate and Australia Post.