Lake Monduran

Barramundi caught at Lake Monduran, Steve Cooper

Lake Monduran is near Gin Gin, a four-hour drive north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. Although it appears narrow, it has a surface area of 53 sq km and a holding capacity of 585 900 ML of water, which is about 1.6 times that of Sydney Harbour. Boat anglers can drive upstream for 35 km and the lake has more than 384 km of shoreline.

The barramundi tourism boom has seen the lake facilities expand rapidly and it now has a 4 ha modern campground with powered sites and all amenities, including hot showers, camp kitchens, laundries, stainless-steel fish-cleaning table, barbecues and fireplaces.

If camping isn’t your thing, there are air-conditioned, self-contained cabins, including one disabled- friendly unit. The cabins sit on a hill overlooking the lake and have large decks out the front so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Another option is a three-bedroom self- contained house.

All the accommodation options are within 500 m of one of the two boat ramps, and ice, gas, tackle, boat hire, fishing permits and cold drinks are available.

The lake has no motor restrictions and is open to fishing 24 hours a day, but a Stocked Impoundment Permit is required. The maximum length of stay is three months.

Fishing attracts most visitors to the lake because of the successful barramundi and bass stocking. Barra over the magic metre mark and weighing about 18 kg are being caught and the average is 90 cm, or about 10 kg. Bass grow up to 50 cm and there are plenty of them.

An area of the lake called ‘Bass Strait’ is a favourite. The Strait is a north-south running ledge or drop- off west of the main boat ramp. It’s marked by a couple of trees protruding out of the water.

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