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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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  • Moving to Mt Isa in January and went to visit Lake Moodarra very close to the city. Stunning views. You can take your own boat, jetski, paddle boat and picknic basket with. They got lovely day picknic...  more »
  • A manmade lake, beautifully blue. Very popular with locals for boating fishing. Warnings of mosquitos. Pleasant to take a drive out there. 
  • A real oasis in the middle of nowhere - worth the drive out to take in the spectacle of a blue lake in the surrounding moon-like landscape.