Kinchant Dam

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Swimming, fishing, boating or a picnic in serenity, Kinchant Dam in the picturesque Pioneer Valley is the perfect place to retreat for some peace and quiet.

Located 41 kilometres west of Mackay, it can be reached within an easy 40 minute drive past the sugar cane fields of North Eton.

A lovely park area overlooks the dam, with barbecue and toilet facilities available. Bring your mountain bike, as Kinchant Dam is home to one of the best downhill circuits in Queensland.

The dam is stocked by local fishing authorities to keep fish numbers plentiful. Drop a line and try your luck to catch sooty grunter, sleepy cod and barramundi. A concrete boat ramp is available and water sports such as skiing, biscuiting and jet skiing are popular.

Wildlife is active and varied around the shore, with bush turkeys and peacocks regularly visiting, as well as wallabies and waterfowl.

A large camping area provides a variety of accommodations options, from tent and caravan sites through to cabins. Kinchant Dam is a popular location for Mackay locals to visit, so visitor numbers will rapidly increase over the weekend.

Journey Details

Duration
0.75 Hours
Distance
40.8 Kilometres

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Swimming

Other Information

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full Itinerary

Mackay to Kinchant Dam

Kinchant Dam is located 41 kilometres west of Mackay and can easily be reached on a 45 minute drive starting on National Highway A1. Take the Peak Downs Highway for 25 minutes and then turn on to Marian-Eton Road to Kinchant Dam Road.

You can choose from swimming, fishing, boating, going for a picnic or staying the night at the large camping area. Kinchant Dam is also home to one of the best downhill bike circuits in Queensland so be sure to bring your bike!

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Mode of Travel
Car

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