Hinze Dam


Queensland Health advise not to consume fish from Hinze Dam due to elevated levels of mercury in recent fish samples. Fishers are advised to catch and release all fish in Hinze Dam. Read the Mercury in Fish Fact Sheet for more information.
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Hinze Dam is stocked by the Hinze Dam Fish Management Committee. The dam is stocked with Ausralian bass, golden perch, Mary River cod, saratoga and silver perch. In 2017/18 1,000 Mary River cod and 53,371 Australian bass were stocked from SIPS permit sales. The dam joined the SIPS scheme in 2016 but was previously stocked from a previous fishing permit scheme operated at Hinze Dam only.


Hinze Dam is located 5km west of Nerang on the Gold Coast. The dam is restricted to electric powered vessels, sail craft and paddle craft only. Fishing is permitted along the shoreline af the Eastern boat ramp, Western boat ramp and paddle craft launch point and from restricted vessels on the dam. There is no camping at the dam. However, there is accommodation available nearby at the Cedar Lake Country Resort. The facilities at the dam include toilets, free barbeques, picnic tables, shelters, playground and the Hinze Dam Visitor Centre with educational displays and a cafe. Dogs on leashes are permitted in Picnic Parkland and Pocket Park. There are walking and mountain bike trails around the dam including the Peter Hallinan Mountain Bike Precinct.    

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