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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  • October 2, 2017
    Great spot out of Mt Isa, visited while travelling through. Very large volume of water set with family parkland surrounds, great spot for family picnics and gatherings. Beautiful birdlife, clean ammen...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    Great place for our picnic lunch , pristine sceanery and clean areas with shady trees and well kept grassy areas . Took a walk across the dam wall to wear off the lunch, amenities block accessible and...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    This lake was great. I can imagine the fun a family or large group would have here. It was really well maintained and everything from the grass, amenities to the water looked pristine. Great for amate...  more »
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  • August 1, 2017
    Because it is water 💦.
  • May 29, 2017
    Worth a look!
  • July 7, 2017
    Amazing and beautiful.

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