Many of our dams, lakes and parks have great recreation facilities and activities available for the community and visitors to enjoy. The following access rules and recreation policies have been developed for the safety of visitors, to protect our water supply assets and ensure water quality is maintained.
Our recreation areas have seasonal opening hours, as a result of feedback from a year-long trial that concluded on 30 November 2016. With the exception of the designated camping grounds, you are not permitted to access the areas outside these times unless you have a permit to do so.
Our opening hours are:
- 5.30am - 6.30pm from September to April
- 6.00am - 5.30pm from May to August
Visitor information centres
The Wivenhoe Information Centre is now closed to the general public. The centre will be used solely as a base for pre-booked school and community tours.
Please read closure notice for more info or visit www.upadrygully.com.au for information about school and community education and tour bookings.
Hinze Dam Visitor Centre
The Hinze Dam Visitor Centre is open seven days a week:
- Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4.00pm
- Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00am to 4.00pm
- Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Camp grounds, cafes and kiosks are privately operated and set their own opening hours.
General site access rules
Please be respectful of the natural areas you are visiting and considerate of other visitors:
- Leave the facilities as you found them. Do not cause damage to any property, flora or fauna.
- Respect the fact that other visitors are using the facilities too. Please behave in an orderly, decent manner and keep any noise to a volume that will not cause a nuisance.
- Please place all litter in the bins provided. Remember that these areas feed our drinking water supply. Do not discharge any substances that may pollute these areas.
- Domestic animals are usually not permitted on Seqwater land, with the exception of seeing-eye dogs. Read Seqwater's policy on domestic pets and other animals in recreation areas and catchments.
Seqwater dams, lakes and parks are not permitted to be used for landing or taking off in amphibious aircraft. Read Seqwater's policy regarding the use of aircraft and recreational craft.
Organised activities, events and access for filming
If you would like to hold an event or organised activity at any of our sites you must obtain permission to do so. We recognise that film producers and commercial operators may wish to use the natural areas of recreation areas as part of their marketing and film productions.
Visit the organised activities, events and access for filming for details and to apply for a permit for your activity, event or filming acess.
Any activity which is conducted for gain is considered a commercial activity and requires a permit from Seqwater. Examples of commercial activities include:
- selling things
- supplying services or facilities
- commercial photography
- advertising or promoting a site as part of your business
- conducting organised tours.
In general, conducting commercial activities on Seqwater sites is not permitted. In a limited number of circumstances, permits to operate commercial activities will be granted to activities which do not:
- impact on water quality or damage the environment
- impact on visitor amenity or public safety
- infringe on local businesses or exclude other operators.
Read Seqwater's policy regarding conducting commercial activities.
The following policies have been developed to help us achieve our recreation and water quality objectives:
Protection of Historical and Cultural Sites
Seqwater values and protects the many historical and cultural sites in its care. Land users are not permitted to interfere with historical and cultural sites on Seqwater estate. This includes, but is not limited to, the disturbance, fossicking and removal of heritage items on or below the ground and water.
In the event historical or cultural sites are encountered, land users are required to report the discovery to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a requirement under the Queensland Heritage Act that any discoveries of important archaeological artefacts are reported to the Department of Environment and Science. Archaeological artefacts include any relic or remains that relate to past human behaviour. They can be found above, on, or below the land surface, or in State waters. Archaeological artefacts are valuable because they provide evidence about Queensland’s history, often complementing and supplementing written historical records
Download and view the full General Access and Use conditions for all Seqwater sites.
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