Weirs, Dams and Lagoons Weirs, Dams and Lagoons

Gil Weir

Gil Weir, 8km south of Miles, is part of the Dogwood Creek and the primary water source for the town of Miles. In the early days, water was pumped for the railway from a hole in the creek to a high tank, but no source existed for gardening. After World War II, the Department of Water and Irrigation built a weir on the Dogwood Creek with the vision of establishing a soldier settlement for growing citrus. The scheme did not come to fruition and the former Murilla Shire Council was successful in purchasing the weir in 1949 for ₤13,500. Today, Gil Weir is a popular fishing spot with serene picnic facilities among the trees.

Chinchilla Weir

Chinchilla Weir is a concrete-faced earthfill structure 8km south of Chinchilla and is known for the unique curved design of its wall. It is the only storage for the Chinchilla Weir Water Supply Scheme. The weir was constructed in 1973 with the dual purpose of supplying irrigation water along the farming flats of the Condamine River and augmenting the water supply to the town of Chinchilla. At the official opening of the Weir in 1974, approximately 5000 people were counted through the gates. Chinchilla Weir remains a freshwater playground for locals and visitors with waterskiing, canoeing, swimming and fishing being popular activities here. Camping is free for a maximum of two nights and some power and barbecues are available. It is a shady, relaxing place where you can photograph a spectacular Western Downs sunset over the water and a top-rated bird watching spot with over 50 species regularly sighted here.

Railway Weir

A small weir established along Drillham Creek to provide water for the steam locomotives which prompted the development of a settlement in 1878. Railway Weir provides a tranquil spot for fishing and a nearby monument reminds us of the hard times faced by settlers during the construction of the railway.

Warra Weir

Located on the Condamine River 6.5km south of Warra, Warra Weir is a great fishing spot with plentiful numbers of carp. Any carp caught, however, should be destroyed and not returned to the water as these are not native to the waterway. Golden perch, silver perch and Murray cod are all native to the Condamine River, and are also restocked both upstream and downstream of this location, so you are in with a chance of a rewarding fish. Access to the weir is dry weather only and no facilities are provided, so bring your own water and please take your rubbish with you when heading home.

Jandowae Dam

A large town water source on the north-eastern outskirts of Jandowae, Jandowae Dam is a popular recreation spot with public amenities, available drinking water and barbecue facilities. Deeper water exists towards the dam wall where stocks of silver perch, golden perch and Murray cod can be found. Areas of mudflats and vegetation around the perimeter of the dam provide a haven for birdlife, tempting the avid bird watcher to spend hours here. 

Chinaman's Lagoon

A permanent waterhole just outside of Miles and an overflow of the Dogwood Creek during times of flood, Chinaman's Lagoon puts on a splendid display of rare pink waterlilies during the late summer and early autumn months. The pink waterlilies (Nymphaea gigantea var. neorosea) are a form of the native waterlily (Nymphaea gigantea) which normally produces blue or white flowers. Originally from Undulla Creek on "Undulla Station" in Glenmorgan, this species was transferred to Myall Park Botanic Gardens in 1968, and from there some 40 tubers were transplanted in Chinaman's Lagoon in 1983. All waterlilies have now disappeared from Undulla Creek and the collection at Myall Park Botanic Gardens and their descendants (including those at Chinaman's Lagoon) are reportedly the only surviving plants of the pink colour form. This colour form is therefore classified as rare and endangered.

During the early years of settlement in Miles, a particular ‘Chinaman' grew vegetables at the lagoon and hence the name seems to have been derived. Sam Ah Sun arrived in Miles around 1880 and after learning to "booze up" became such a nuisance that he was hunted out of town and made camp at the lagoon where he grew a market garden of vegetables. You can learn more of this local larrikin's story on the interpretive panels located at Chinaman's Lagoon.

Caliguel Lagoon

Approximately 7km south of Condamine is the attractive Caliguel Lagoon; "Caliguel" being the name of an early pastoral run in the area. In good seasons, the lagoon presents a fine stretch of water and is a favourite location for locals and visitors to enjoy waterskiing, boating, swimming, fishing and bird watching. Free camping is permitted and barbeques, picnic facilities and amenities will ensure you are comfortable and catered for.

Tara Lagoon

Located on the edge of town, Tara Lagoon is part of Undulla Creek and host to a serene camping ground with great facilities and powered sites. A 2km pathway along the water's edge provides a tranquil walking or cycling track and ample opportunity to enjoy the impressive native parrots and birdlife that collect in the eucalypts. Yabbies, yellow-belly and jewfish can all be caught here, and indigenous fish species are restocked annually so your fishing endeavours are sure to reap rewards. 

Waterloo Plain Environmental Park

Waterloo Plain is an 11 hectare wetlands park in Wandoan teeming with birdlife and surrounded by native and locally occurring vegetation. Initially developed by the Wandoan Progress Association, Waterloo Plain comprises a man-made lake with a central island which has become a safe haven for many species of birdlife. Bird watchers have been known to spot up to 30 species of birds in just 30 minutes at this park. Waterlilies grow profusely on the tranquil lake, and walkways and bridges allow you access to most of the environmental park including the ‘bird blind' where you can spend hours bird watching. Ample parking space is available for caravans and RVs who are welcome to stop-over for the night.