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Fishing & Boating

11 June, 2021

Pioneer Valley's top spots

OUT of the top five most popular fishing spots inland from Mackay, the Upper Pioneer Valley scores two of the prime locations on the list.


Just a short drive west of Mackay along the Mackay Eungella Road brings you to Marian.

From here you can turn off to Kinchant Dam only 41 kms out of Mackay Central.

It is probably one of the easiest dams to access from the coast.

It is here at Kinchant that you will always find an ample supply of Barra.

At this time of the year make sure you rug up for the early morning chill, but the effort is all worthwhile when you pull up one of the monsters that lurk in the deep water.

If you are more adventurous and enjoy walking the creeks, Cattle Creek just at the back of Finch Hatton usually has a good supply of Sooty Grunter.

Work the shallows with a quick cast and retrieve for plate size Sooties and for the larger Grunters look for the deeper holes where they prefer to lie low.

Other dams close by include Teemburra and Eungella.

Teemburra is accessed by leaving the Mackay Eungella Road at Pinnacle and driving up to the dam on top of the hill.

Some of the bends here are tight so try not to get distracted with the fantastic views of cane farms stretching across the valley floor.

Eungella Dam is perhaps best suited to weekend camping when you want to escape for some much needed R’n’R.

The facilities are well maintained, and this location is ideal for taking the kids and throwing up the tent.

There’s plenty of room for the kids to run around when they are not chasing the elusive fish and camping around open fires in the evening can be magical.

Ultimately the fishing is great in the upper Pioneer Valley.

At this time of the year the weather is perfect with crisp mornings and bright sunny days that average around 26 degrees.

Next time you are visiting the upper Pioneer Valley plan to spend a few extra days for there’s much more to see and do in the state parks, waterways and gorges.

Camp out or book in to a choice of stays up at Eungella and enjoy the fishing!

By Virginia Dowling


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