Twenty years since my last visit to Hinze Dam
I haven’t visited Hinze Dam for over twenty years and I must say it wasn’t on my short list either. With the upgrade over, it looks like Hinze Dam may have fallen off the Tourism landscape.
A Facebook friend asked if I had been there lately and I had to confess no. But now was the time to revisit this location and take some photos, “if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk literally”.
Where is Hinze Dam?
We know that its in the Gold Coast Hinterland, approximately 15 kilometres south west of Nerang so I did a quick search on Google for directions for the best route from the southern Gold Coast was the northern Mudgeeraba Road exit 79.
This route follows the State Route 42 then onto Worongary Road and you turn left at Gilston Road and onto Hinze Dam Road. See map below for full details.
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It seems to me that this beautiful location isn’t getting the promotion it deserves. Please comment at the bottom of this post if I am mistaken.
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Arriving at the main building, I was impressed with the building, I liked the concrete bunker look and amenities they were first class, clean and airy, including the lovely outlook over Waterside Park, a nice spot for a coffee and snack from the Hinze Dam Coffee Shop.
The circular and straight lined concrete pathways down to the waters edge have a hypnotic effect, you just have to walk it…although it would be very hot in the summer months.
While searching online I did come across an article where some expressed disappointment at some of the recreational facilities; however I can’t recall what it was like before. my readers… their comments below:
A visit to the Hinze Dam would be in the top 5 things to do on the Gold Coast.
Walk the Dam walk
After speaking to a very friendly staff member at the Interpretive Centre, it was suggested that walking the Dam wall was a good option. You can also ride your bike; a centre line is painted for that activity.
Let me say this is a 4 kilometre round trip on foot and best done in the cooler weather, I wouldn’t attempt it on a summer day.
As I started my walk a bus full of day trippers arrived, and some decided to walk the Dam wall too. (Sounds like I’m swearing) However I left most of them behind after a couple of hundred metres.
Hinze Dam was peaceful and tranquil, and with no breeze the water was smooth and inviting, I couldn’t help thinking, this is the water that pours out of our taps here on the Gold Coast, how fortunate that we have clean drinking water and a beautiful location to house it.
There wasn’t a sound or a breath of air…just silence
There wasn’t a sound or a breath of air, just silence… very relaxing and pleasant in the winter sun and then suddenly I was startled by a loud speaker telling me how far I had come, for a nanosecond I thought it was coming from the Main Building and I had strayed into a ‘no go zone’ and any minute I would see a vehicle full of security speeding up the road coming to arrest me.
But alas no such excitement I had ‘mapmywalk’ app activated and it was so quiet the voice from my iphone echoed off the wall.
Arriving back at the main building I sat and enjoyed a coffee from the cafe and I must say it was ‘dam good coffee’ at Hinze Dam Coffee Shop.
What other activities are there to do?
The Interpretive Centre is full of useful information about the construction process and the importance of looking after one of our most vital resources – ‘water’ along with many audio-visual displays.
This centre is opened seven days a week, Check the resource link below for more details about times.
- Fishing is another popular activity, however you need a license and they can be purchased at a number of locations, addresses are available in their brochure.
- Boating is permitted but only electric or non-powered only.
- Canoeing, kayaking and other paddle craft – check the links below for further detail.
Some facts about the Dam
The $395 million Hinze Dam Stage Three upgrade saw the dam wall raised by 15 metres, doubling the dam’s capacity and providing increased water security and flood mitigation.
Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976, with a water capacity of 42,400 million litres, after raising the dam wall by 15 metres it now holds the storage capacity to 310,730 million litres.
It is certainly a significant contributor for long term water storage. (source )
I highly recommend taking a scenic drive to Hinze Dam, it’s only 20 -24 kilometres from the Gold Coast depending on your location. Recently I took some relatives from interstate and my Dad for a morning outing and they loved it.
Why not take a scenic drive this weekend, check out the Dam and then head for Route 97 to Chillingham and the Numinbah Valley.
Wikipedia Hinze Dam
Whilst every effort was made to give the correct location, Google maps and don’t reflect the current changes.. This map is only a guide.