Fairbairn Dam, Emerald

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#88 of 224 in Sightseeing in Queensland
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The Fairbairn Dam is an eathfill-filled embankment dam across the Nogoa River, located southwest of in Central Queensland, Australia. Constructed in 1972 for the primary purpose of irrigation, the impoundment created by the dam serves as one the major potable water supplies for the region and assists with some flood mitigation. Lake Maraboon with an active capacity of 1301000ML was formed by damming of the Nogoa River, and, in 2008, was Queensland's second largest dam. Maraboon is the Aboriginal for "where the black ducks fly".Location and featuresCommenced in 1968, the dam was engineered by Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority and completed in December 1972 for the purposes of irrigation and water storage. Storage of water commenced in January 1972 and the dam filled and overflowed for the first time two years later. The dam wall consists of a earthfill embankment in length and high. The reservoir has a catchment area of with an uncontrolled concrete spillway capable of discharging. The reservoir has an active capacity of 1301000ML of water; When the dam spills over it flows into the Nogoa River.About 300 irrigators are supplied with water for cotton, citrus and other horticulture operations. The dam is relatively shallow with large areas of standing timber. There are no boating restrictions and one concrete boat ramp.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The highlight (if you don't have a boat/kayak etc) is the drive across the dam wall - pretty special. If you are after some red claw the place is full of them.  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    This is a very clean, beautiful water way. Lots of Redclaw to catch, and a good clean area for swimming. Very easy to launch boat into the Dam. Lots of parking, and a lovely area for a barbecue or pic...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    This is a definite while in the Emerald area whether it be a day visit or whether one stays at the caravan park out there. Make the time!  more »

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