The 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.

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 2016, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Hinze Dam and its important role in the South East Queensland Water Grid. Download a copy of the commemorative booklet, A celebration of Hinze Dam.


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 or pick one up from the Hinze Dam Interpretive Centre when you arrive.

We also have a map of the Peter Hallinan Mountain Bike Precinct which you can download.

Dogs on leashes are now welcomed in designated areas at Hinze Dam - download our flyer for more details.

The Hinze Dam recreational facilities is now via Advancetown Road. There is no longer access via Gilston Road.

Catch and release fishing only

Seqwater has advised fishers to release and not eat fish from Hinze Dam because of naturally-occurring mercury.

Queensland Health has warned that fish caught in the dam are not suitable to eat due to elevated levels of naturally-occurring mercury in longer-lived fish.

This follows recent results from routine Seqwater fish testing.

The level of mercury in the water is low and well within safe limits for drinking.

An Seqwater spokesman said fishing in Hinze Dam should be catch-and-release only. Read the media release in full here.

The Peter Hallinan Mountain Bike Precinct is open

The Peter Hallinan Mountain Bike Precinct is a network of purpose built mountain bike trails. Entry to the mountain bike trail network is via the dam wall, off Advancetown Road. Download the map of the precinct.

Hinze Dam Interpretive Centre

The Hinze Dam Interpretive Centre houses educational audio-visual displays, a kiosk, function centre and viewing platforms.

The state-of-the-art audio-visual displays take you on the journey of our water supply from source to tap, featuring informational panels, videos and interactive virtual tours. The displays also trace the history of the Nerang Valley and catchment, as well as the surrounding Border Ranges.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30 am to 4.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Key facts

Name: Hinze Dam / Advancetown Lake
Watercourse: Nerang River
Location: 15 km south-west of Nerang
Catchment area: 207.0km 2
Length of dam wall: 1850.0m
Lake surface area: 1500.0ha
Year completed: Stage 3 2011
Type of construction: Zoned earthfill & rockfill embankment
Fully supply capacity: 310730ML
Current capacity: 284,626 (91.6% full) at 20-08-2019 11:14am