Wivenhoe Dam was built on the Brisbane River, about 80 kilometres from Brisbane. It was designed by the Water Resources Commission and built in 1984.
The dam was built for the dual purpose of providing a safe and reliable water supply for the region and flood mitigation.
Wivenhoe Dam has a total storage capacity of 3.132 million megalitres. At full supply level, it will hold 1.165 million megalitres, or about 2,000 times the daily water consumption of Brisbane. During a flood, Wivenhoe is designed to hold back a further 1.967 million megalitres on top of its normal storage capacity.
Read our fact sheet How dams work for more information.
If you would like to be notified about releases from Wivenhoe Dam, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.
Lake Wivenhoe is a very popular recreation destination, with a wide variety of activities and facilities available. There are a number of recreation areas at the lake, including Billies Bay and Hays Landing, Cormorant Bay, Hamon Cove and Logan’s Inlet.
Billies Bay and Hays Landing
- Located on the eastern side of Lake Wivenhoe
- Double lane boat ramp
- Designated swimming area
- Fishing and paddling permitted.
Download the map [7MB]
- Download our Wivenhoe Dam Recreation Guide [7MB] to take with you or pick one up at the Fernvale Futures Centre, Esk Visitor Information Centre or Kilcoy Information Centre.
- Download the Wivenhoe Hill Trails guide for information about the 16km multi-use trail and a trail network map.
Wivenhoe Dam houses a pumped-storage, hydro-electric generating facility. This power station is situated between Splityard Creek Dam and Lake Wivenhoe.
During the pumping phase, the generator will operate as an electric motor driving the pump to lift water from Lake Wivenhoe to the upper storage of Splityard Creek Dam. When peak electricity demand occurs the flow of water is reversed, flowing from the upper to the lower storage and driving the turbine generator to generate electricity.
The pumped storage power station consists of two circular concrete silos, each of about 32 metres internal diameter. Each of the silos house a 250MW turbine generator and pump set. The power station is unmanned and is controlled remotely from the central operating centre for the Queensland power grid system. All aspects of the operation are monitored by computers within the centre. Twin 275KV transmission lines connect the power station to the State’s grid system.