Hinze Dam

Quick Overview:

With its amazing views, tranquil landscapes, informative walks and picnic areas, Hinze Dam truly does have something for everyone.


What Is It?

Hinze Dam is a large rock and earth-fill embankment dam located in Advancetown at the Gold Coast. The dam was originally constructed in 1976 and was raised in 1989. The recent stage three upgrade of the dam has brought with it many new fun activities and places to explore including a new interpretive information centre and café, walking tracks, bike tracks, horse trails, lakeside parks, barbecue areas and much more.


The tranquil landscape coupled with stunning views (especially from the café) make Hinze dam a great place to go to relax and wind down, whilst the wide open spaces and the interpretive centre provide a great experience for children of all ages.


The boat ramps, walking tracks and picnic areas surrounding Hinze dam truly make it a great place for everyone. The main three kilometre walk/bike path across the dam wall includes interesting facts posted about the wall itself, the catchment, local fish, plants and wildlife. The area also includes picnic tables, shelters, toilets and barbecues.


Fishing and nature lovers will enjoy boating at Hinze Dam, where electric powered watercraft, sail craft and paddle craft are permitted to operate. The boat ramps include the Eastern Boat Ramp (range road) and the Western Boat Ramp (Nerang-Murwillumbah road). Water skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and tubing are not permitted on the dam.


How Long Does It Take?

If you’re just visiting for the views, we recommend going for a stroll across the dam wall and back which will take approximately one hour. However to truly experience all that Hinze Dam has to offer, we suggest packing a picnic lunch and allowing a full day to explore.


How Do I Get There?

Hinze Dam is located at 100-120 Advancetown Road, in Advancetown at the Gold Coast. See below for a more detailed map:

What Should I Bring?

We recommend bringing plenty of drinking water, a picnic lunch (there are tables however we recommend bringing a blanket to sit on). Its also a good idea to bring good ankle supporting footwear, and some sunscreen of course! If you forget to pack some lunch, don’t stress: the café is open Mon-Fri :9-5, and Sat-Sun: 8-5.

Dogs on a leash are permitted in the picnic parkland, pocket park and the pathway from picnic parkland to the upper car park.

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