Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa

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Lake Moondarra is an artificial lake on the Leichhardt River in Queensland, Australia, 16 km downstream from the town of Mount Isa. It provides water to the city and the adjacent Mount Isa Mines (MIM) mining lease.Construction began on the Leichhardt Dam in 1956, and was completed on 6 November 1958 at a cost of £1.7 million. The dam was built for Mount Isa Mines and, at the time, was the largest water scheme in Australia financed by private enterprise. The original construction was started by the American Utah Construction Company, but Thiess Brothers completed the project.On 11 July 1961 the dam officially became Lake Moondarra after a competition to name the dam was won by a Mount Isa local, Danny Driscoll. The aboriginal name means "plenty of rain also thunder".The lake includes picnic areas, pontoons, a ski jump, and water sports facilities. The lake is popular with birdwatchers, sailors and anglers, as it is stocked with barramundi and sooty grunter. The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic has been held there since 1999.
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  • Well worth the short drive from Mt Isa. The people who maintain this area deserve a pat on the back.  more »
  • If you don't mind swimming with crocodiles (freshies, it's ok!), take a dip and enjoy passing the hot days of the outback. I loved to see all the different birds, crocodiles, cattle, and all animals l...  more »
  • My driver took me there for a few hours, it's a great place to see. The lake, the birds and the fishing festival are all interesting.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to just relax and look at the view
  • Great scenery, take your camera!
  • Just a lovely lake that's well maintained.
  • Great to relax.
  • Great place for families

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