Discovering Tinaroo Dam: A Jewel in Far Northern Queensland

Nestled in the heart of Far Northern Queensland, Tinaroo Dam stands as a testament to human ingenuity and nature’s splendour. This magnificent water reservoir, surrounded by lush landscapes and offering a plethora of recreational opportunities, is not just a hub for travellers seeking adventure and tranquility but also plays a critical role in supporting the local agricultural sector.

Lake Tinaroo, spans an impressive area, at capacity, almost 75% the size of Sydney Harbour, creating a haven for wildlife, adventurers, and families alike. From its inception in the 1950s, the dam has evolved into a destination offering something for everyone.

It’s an ideal playground for water sports. Whether you’re into sailing, kayaking, or wakeboarding, the calm and expansive waters of the dam make it the perfect setting. Fishing enthusiasts, too, find a special place here, with the dam being stocked with species such as Barramundi, making it a hotspot for amateur and experienced anglers.

The area surrounding Tinaroo Dam is a mosaic of lush rainforests, savanna woodlands, and unique Australian bushland, hosting an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Hiking trails meander through these landscapes, offering breathtaking views and the chance to encounter wildlife in its natural habitat. Bird watchers are particularly drawn to this area, with its rich avian life ranging from majestic eagles to colourful parrots.

Beyond its recreational value, Tinaroo Dam plays a pivotal role in the economic and social fabric of Far Northern Queensland through its support of local agriculture. The dam’s catchment area is a vital source of irrigation water, a lifeline for the farms dotting the region.

The regions around Tinaroo Dam are renowned for their rich and diverse agricultural produce. From tropical fruits like mangoes and bananas to coffee, tea, and avocados, the area is a veritable food basket. This diversity is made possible in part by the reliable water supply from the Tinaroo catchment.

Irrigation schemes sourced from Tinaroo Dam have been instrumental in transforming the agricultural landscape. These schemes ensure that crops receive adequate water throughout the year, mitigating the impact of seasonal fluctuations and dry spells. This reliability boosts crop yield and quality, underpinning the region’s agricultural economy.

Sunwater, as the steward of Tinaroo Dam, is committed to sustainable water management practices. Recognising the critical importance of water to both natural ecosystems and human activities, Sunwater employs advanced technology and scientific insights to manage the dam’s resources. This approach ensures that the needs of the environment, local communities, and farmers are balanced, securing the region’s water future in the face of changing climatic conditions.

Visiting Tinaroo Dam offers an opportunity to experience the beauty and bounty of Far Northern Queensland. It’s a chance to engage with nature, enjoy a wide range of recreational activities, and appreciate the vital role of water in supporting life and livelihoods.

Whether you’re casting a line in the early morning mist, hiking through ancient landscapes, or learning about sustainable farming practices, your visit to Tinaroo Dam is more than just a getaway—it’s a journey into the heart of a region sustained by its waters.


Pullman Cairns International offers more than just exquisite rooms, guests can indulge in the hotel’s world-class amenities, including a soothing Vie spa, a modern fitness centre, and a tantalizing dining experience at the on-site restaurant CoCo’s that showcases the best of local cuisine. The hotel’s lagoon-style pool, set amidst lush tropical gardens, provides a serene oasis in the city. 

Choosing Pullman Cairns International means you’re not just staying in the heart of Cairns; you’re immersing yourself in an experience that captures the essence of Tropical North Queensland. Whether you’re here for adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Pullman Cairns International is your luxurious home away from home. 

The Pullman Cairns International knows how important family time is and here’s a special just for our Creek to Coast viewers:  

Receive 50% off your second room when you book two rooms. Breakfast is included for children aged 12 years and younger when your booking includes breakfast! 

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