Located five minutes drive north of Fernvale, the Spillway Common provides unique views from Spillway Lookout below the dam wall of Lake Wivenhoe and access to Atkinson’s Crossing, a true fishing, kayaking and canoe lovers paradise.
Spillway Common, Lake Wivenhoe features a viewing platform, toilets, barbecue, under cover picnic tables, parking, large open spaces, grassed areas and plenty of shady trees.
FAST FACTS ABOUT WIVENHOE DAM*
- Completed in 1985 and is a rock and earth-fill embankment dam
- Features concrete spillway across the Brisbane River
- Wivenhoe Dam wall is 59 metres high and 2300 metres long
- The 4140 thousand cubic metre dam wall holds back 1,165,000 megalitres when full
- Lake Wivenhoe supplies water for Somerset, Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast regions
- Provides flood mitigation, water supply to Wivenhoe Power Station for hydroelectricity and is also used for recreation
- Gated spillway features five steel crest gates 12 metres wide and 16.6 metres high, with a discharge capacity of 12,000 cubic metres per second
- Lake Wivenhoe holds twice as much water as Sydney Harbour and seven times the capacity of Gold Coast’s Hinze Dam
Capture a birds eye view of the Brisbane River from Spillway Lookout. See fish and turtles galore just below Wivenhoe Dam wall from the viewing platform. Head over to Atkinson’s Crossing, sit by the waters edge and encounter pelicans, ducks, kites, cormorants and more. Wallabies and Kangaroos also frequent the grounds in the picnic area above Atkinson’s Crossing.
Marvel at the epic proportions of Wivenhoe Dam wall, take in the sprawling sunset views over the Brisbane River. Atkinson’s Crossing also makes for an amazing location for nature photography with large deposits of sandstone, calm waters, beautiful bushland and abundant wildlife.
Take the time to explore entire grounds at Spillway Common.
- These grounds are managed by Seqwater, please abide by the rules when you visit
- Dogs are not permitted on Seqwater land
- Read the displays at Spillway Lookout – learn about Lungfish and native species
- Pack a picnic
- Bring a gazebo as under cover areas are limited
- Throw a football or play cricket in the park
- Check out the massive sandstone wall at Atkinson’s Crossing complete with hidey holes
- Bring your fishing rod
- Launch a canoe or kayak and meander down the Brisbane River past Lowood to Twin Bridges and onto Savages Crossing
- Wear aqua shoes if you are going in the water
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VISIT SPILLWAY COMMON – LAKE WIVENHOE
Spillway Common is located five minutes drive north of Fernvale. Access is well signed on the left just before you get to Wivenhoe Dam wall. Toilets and undercover picnic areas are located at the western part of the grounds. Enjoy a great day out with the family at Spillway Common, Lake Wivenhoe.