Little Nerang

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About Little Nerang

Located in Little Nerang Creek in the Gold Coast hinterland, Little Nerang Dam is part of South East Queensland’s drinking water supply.

The dam was completed in 1961 and is directly upstream of the Hinze Dam.

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 Little Nerang Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.

Little Nerang Dam is not open to the public.

Current capacity

Full supply volume
6,705 ML
Current volume
6,729 ML
at 6:00pm 14/04/2024
Dam is spilling
  • Key information

    Little Nerang

    Little Nerang Creek


    Catchment area

    Length of dam wall

    Year completed

    Type of construction
    Mass concrete gravity dam

  • Little Nerang Dam is part of the SEQ Water Grid, supplying drinking water to the Gold Coast region.

    Little Nerang has a catchment area of 35.2km2 and holds 6,705 million litres of water at full supply.

  • 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.

    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 Little Nerang Dam, this is City of Gold Coast.