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Fairbairn Dam

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Address: Emerald, Queensland, Australia

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A great day on the water

Spent a day on the lake casting lures and dropping red claw traps. No fish unfortunately but we caught 50 red claw over two nights with some up to 30 cm in length. A pretty fair... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Terry U
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a day on the lake casting lures and dropping red claw traps. No fish unfortunately but we caught 50 red claw over two nights with some up to 30 cm in length. A pretty fair result. It,s a pity that SunWater doesn't allow camping other than at the caravan park which necessitates travelling from town to the lake each... More 

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Thank Terry U
Sapphire, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fairbairn Dam is the structure that contains Lake Maraboon and it was originally built in the 1970s as an irrigation dam to provide water for a new irrigation district. The water is pumped into open irrigation channels to supply water to various farms which in turn produce various crops including citrus, table grapes and varying forage crops. It is also... More 

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Gore, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a drive to Fairbairn Dam. Pleasantly surprised by scenery, although water level was quite low. Looks like great place for families.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove out to the dam & spent a couple of hours relaxing near the water. The dam is quite impressive. Water sports & swimming, plus fishing. Also visited people at the caravan park there

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Apologies to Lake Maraboon I recently reviewed what I thought covered Fairbairn Dam at Emerald and gave three stars as my main review was to do with the Dam. As I can't change a review already posted please let me clarify as I wrongly posted about Fairbairn Dam including it in a review and star selection on the Lake Maraboon... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Great area for all sorts of water sports it is not far from Emerald town center Plenty of space for everyone also lots of bird life there is a caravan park there where you can get a meal or snack.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Well worth a visit. Good facilities provided. Excellent spot for a picnic or a swim. Plenty of bird life tomenjoy

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

There's not a lot of facilities here. Then again, it's the perfect swimming spot for Summer. Plenty of space to pick a private spot, plus amazing views of the sunset.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Not sure what maggie f is talking about in her reviews. I moved from emerald a few years ago but come back skiing on weekends with friends and stay at the holiday village, great swimming pool with a brand new slide and the staff have always been very friendly. There is an area where you can pull up between the... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

On our way to check out Lake Maraboon. So much work going on. So interesting. Would loved to have parked and checked it out, not really possible.

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