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
Eungella Dam is perhaps best
suited to weekend camping when
you want to escape for some much
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