2023-05-30 10:42:02 DAM CAPACITY 60.00% 34.75M HEIGHT 466,870ML VOLUME


Turn onto Gladstone-Monto Road west of Calliope and drive for 26km – watch for signs for on the left and drive 1.9km in to the camping area – see Boynedale Bush Camp map.


A basic facility, the bush camp is provided free to the public for camping for up to seven days within a thirty day period. The Gladstone Area Water Board has established toilet facilities, shelters and fire pits. Depending on changing water levels , the launching of small watercraft may be possible. There’s also a lookout nearby which provides great views of Lake Awoonga and Castletower National Park.

Please note that there is no electricity supply, rubbish bins or potable water available so campers must provide their own water. Note also that the bush camp is operated as a sustainable campsite i.e. campers are encouraged to leave their camp site tidy and any waste is to be removed and disposed of at an approved facility.  Roads are unsealed and may become slippery and boggy in wet weather.

Lake Awoonga is a wildlife sanctuary, GAWB discourages visitors from bringing pets to the area. Small dogs may be allowed at the Boynedale Bush Camp, and must be kept strictly under control at all times.

Camping at Lake Awoonga is permitted only at the Boynedale Bush Camp or at the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park, located at the Lake Awoonga Recreation Area.

Camp Fires

Camp fires are currently permitted at Boynedale Bush Camp. If lighting a fire, please do so mindfully and safely.

Things to do



Fish for barramundi (and other fish) all year round



Enjoy a picnic or barbecue



Go swimming with family or friends



Go sailing, canoeing or skiing



Saunter along one of the landscaped walking trails



Photograph the wonderful wildlife or go bird watching (around 25% of Australia's bird species can be found in the region)



Explore the beauty of Lake Awoonga by boat



Sit back, relax and take in the lovely landscapes and sensational scenery.

Events at Awoonga Dam

Whether you or your Club would like to hold an event at the Recreation Area, or on or around the lake itself, GAWB is happy to discuss your options.

Please complete an Application to Hold Event at Lake Awoonga and submit it to GAWB at least 3 months before your planned event.

Please note that if your event is an Aquatic Event, application must also be made to Maritime Safety Queensland:

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) Main Website    |    MSQ Information regarding Aquatic Event Applications 

     |     MSQ Information regarding COVID-19 Checklists and Protocols 

No dogs or cats allowed at the Awoonga Recreational Area.