Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa
Categories: Outdoor Activities
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.Make Lake Moondarra a centerpiece of your Mount Isa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mount Isa family vacation planner.
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What great ambience for our sausage sizzle. We took a burner but there are plenty of Bbqs. We sat at a lovely clean table under cover and there were plenty of those too. Looking across the sparkling w... read more »
Wow what a lovely setting the lake is and especially Peacock Park where there are a number of peacocks roaming around the park. Just a lovely place for a Sunday afternoon
A beautiful spot and the facilities are excellent. It would be such a shame if visitors to Mt Isa were to miss this. Well worth the drive.
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