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About Hinze

Hinze Dam is located in the Gold Coast hinterland. Built across the Nerang River, it was originally constructed in 1976, raised in 1989 and significantly upgraded in 2011.

Hinze Dam is the main drinking water supply for the Gold Coast region. The most recent upgrade saw the wall raised by 15 metres, doubling the dam’s capacity and providing increased water security and flood mitigation.

It is an un-gated dam, meaning that when it reaches 100 per cent capacity, water flows over the spillway and safely out of the dam. If you would like to be notified when Hinze Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service or download our public safety app.

Current capacity

Full supply volume
310,730 ML
Current volume
311,054 ML
at 3:00am 28/05/2024
Dam is spilling
  • Key information


    Nerang River

    15 km south-west of Nerang

    Catchment area

    Length of dam wall

    Year completed

    Type of construction
    Zoned earth and rock fill embankment

  • The dam has a catchment area of 207km2 and holds 310,730 megalitres of water at full supply.

    Hinze Dam is a fantastic recreational destination, featuring lakeside parks, walking, bike and horse trails, ample car parking, toilet facilities and barbeque areas for public use. Download our Hinze Dam Recreation Guide to take with you.

  • Flood mitigation

    All dams help mitigate flooding to some extent. The peak outflow from a gated or un-gated dam during a flood event is less than the peak outflow that would have occurred had the dam not been built, because some water is held in the dam while it is spilling. This means that water flow slows down as floods pass through the dam.

    For residents living downstream of Hinze Dam, click here to read more about how the dam has been designed and constructed, what Seqwater does to manage the dam and how the dam performed during the heavy rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

    It’s important neighbours and people downstream of dams know what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency. Each of our dams have an emergency action plan (EAP) in place to enable us to respond quickly to potential incidents in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology, relevant emergency services and local councils. For Hinze Dam, this is the City of Gold Coast.