SPRING has finally rolled around. The mornings are still brisk, but the warm days are perfect for enjoying one of the Gympie region's most beautiful bodies of water.
Since its construction in 1964, Borumba Dam has been a destination for families looking for a break in the great outdoors.
There is now plenty for nature lovers to do around the dam. Here's our breakdown of the activities on offer:
ENJOY A PICNIC
The Borumba Dam day use area is next to the boat ramp, with barbecues, picnic shelters and toilets available. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, why not take a boat or kayak and seek out your own secret picnic spot?
You can find the Borumba camping area just below the dam wall, at the end of Old Yabba Creek Rd. The area fronts on to Yabba Creek with barbecues and fireplaces for use. Toilets are available. The road into the camping area is sealed and accessible to caravans, but is still fairly narrow.
Further up the creek is the Borumba Deer Park, a must-visit for wildlife lovers. Cabins are available, with plenty of fire pits for campers and mini-golf to entertain the family.
TAKE THE BOAT OUT
Those lovely, forested hills will provide the perfect backdrop to a tranquil day of fishing, redclaw hunting, or just enjoying the day. There's more than 480 hectares of water out there for you to explore.
The newly upgraded boat ramp off Yabba Creek Rd should make it easier than ever to hit the water. No boating permits are required.
Small boats are available for hire from the Borumba Dam camping area park office.
GET THE BLOOD PUMPING
Prefer a getaway with a little more excitement? The dam is open to jetskiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and tube riding.
Before you head out, check the Seqwater website at www.seqwater.com.au for updates on blue green algae. Especially in the warmer months, algal blooms can make waterskiing, wakeboarding and tube riding a health hazard.
GO FOR A PADDLE
There's so much to explore at Borumba Dam, and who needs the noise of a boat motor? Kayaking or canoeing is the best way to take in Yabba Creek or tributaries to the dam. Keep an eye out for azure kingfishers and platypi in the creeks.
Don't have the gear? You can hire kayaks from Ride On Mary at rideonmary.com or from Borumba Fishing 'N' Outdoors on 0488533280. The Borumba Deer Park also offers hire services.
HARASS THE FISH
Borumba Dam is a well-stocked fishing haven, with perfect for both lure and fly fishing. Among the waters' offerings are golden and silver perch, Australian bass and saratoga. Find your own secluded spot to take in the misty mornings, birdsong and calm waters for a few tranquil hours.
You will need a fishing permit. Visit www.daff.qld.gov.au to purchase one online or to find a nearby outlet. These licences help authorities keep the dam stocked, so do your part.
NIP A REDCLAW OR TWO
If you're out on the boat, don't forget to drop a few crab pots for tasty redclaw. These yabbies abound in the lake, so your chances for a seafood dinner are good even if the fish aren't biting.