Activities at Maroon Dam

Our guests can enjoy fishing, water skiing, canoeing, swimming, bush walking, camping,  hiking, rock climbing.  Other activities include country markets, winery tours and the many other attractions of the area including four wheel driving.  The Lake Maroon Camping Ground is the ideal South East Queensland location for a break.

Mountain Tracks/Hiking

Take a break from the city

Our Bush Camp sites are intended for guests who want to enjoy the Australian bush.   For this reason we limit the numbers we admit to our bush camp areas.  Our bush camp areas are not intended for large groups who want to have a get-together for a celebration or reunion, etc.  The tracks to our bush camp sites were initially constructed to enable mules to drag timber down from the mountain.   The tracks to our camp sites wind above precipices where the drop can be as much as several hundred metres.  These tracks were never designed as roads, and if used as roads these tracks are very dangerous – especially in adverse weather conditions.  (For example a vehicle sliding sideways in wet weather could easily disappear over a 100 metre precipice).

Our internal roads are completely safe for walking, but because of the danger if driving a vehicle, we seldom permit four wheel drive access to our walking tracks and the hinterland of our property.   Vehicle access to these tracks is permanently locked off.   All of our Lake Maroon Camping Ground guests are welcome to walk up the mountain and explore our bush land, which comprises some 220 acres – but don’t make a booking for a bush camp site on the assumption that you can drive your vehicle on these tracks or drive to your bush camp site.

The tracks on our property are over 100 years old.  They were built to enable mules to drag logs cut from beautiful Ironbark and other gums to the road from where they could then be transported to the mills.

If you want to experience the real Australian bush, then this is for you !

Our Bush camp-sites are ideal for back-packers, who can carry their gear with them.   Our normal procedure is that upon arrival, we take our bush camp guests and their luggage up the mountain in our UTV to their bush camp site, and upon departure we bring them back down the mountain.  In wet weather our roads can become slippery and dangerous for vehicle traffic – even for our UTV.  Under these circumstances walking is obviously the only option.  The bush camp site closest to our main compound area is bush camp no 2, and is a 15 minute walk.   The camp site most distant from our main compound is bush camp no 4.   This site would be a 30 minute walk up or down the mountain.  The idea of this web page is so that prospective guests can get some idea of what our bush camp sites and our walking trails are like.  Our park encompasses 220 acres.  Opportunities include camping, photography, rock climbing, bush walks, viewing wild life, and just generally exploring.    The hinterland of our property has many steep slopes and cliffs.   Our Bush Camp areas and walking trails are therefore not recommended for families with young children.

Lake Maroon is Brisbane’s the best-kept secret location for water skiing. Lake Maroon is definitely Queensland’s best venue for water skiing. The dam boasts deep, clean water, and a lot less traffic than other dams. Guests can set-up a marquee right beside the lake and water ski all day.

Fishing

Maroon Dam is stocked with:

  • Australian Bass
  • Golden Perch (Yellowbelly)
  • Silver Perch
  • Mary River Cod

Fly Fishing / Lure Fishing / Bait Fishing

Maroon Dam is one of South East Queensland’s best freshwater fly and surface fishing destinations, with the best times being early morning and late afternoon.

During the middle of the day, deeper diving lures, soft plastics and lipless crank baits are effective, so too is live bait such as shrimp, freshwater yabbies and worms. We now sell worms from Blinks Baits

Focus areas are the structured regions of the dam, such as the dead timber in the water and rocky point areas.

Petrol outboard motors are permitted on the Scenic Rim’s Maroon Dam. Electric motors will also easily allow you to cover the key fishing areas of the dam from Lake Maroon Holiday Park.

Lake Maroon Camping Ground provides an exclusive launching area onto the dam for all guests.

Fishing Permits

Maroon Dam comes under the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme. Fishing permits can be purchased on-line at www.smartservice.qld.gov.au.