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Published January 21st 2015
Where can your dog go water skiing on a family day trip?
Just 40 minutes from Ipswich and a little over an hour from Brisbane is a day trip location that's great for families, water sport and fishing fanatics alike. Atkinson Dam was completed in 1970 and is located between the towns of Tarampa, Coominya and Gatton in Queensland.
Swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing and jet skiing are all allowed on the dam and there is no need for a permit. The Dam is stocked with a variety of freshwater species. Although the dam water levels are currently low there is still plenty of room for everyone to have some water fun. You do, however, need to check the SEQ Water website for updates about water quality.
Jet skis seemed to be popular the January weekend I visited with groups of young people and families enjoying rides on knee boards, water skis and inflatables.
A long stroll along the banks of the dam was a favourite for our four legged fur-baby who firmly believes all of our family holidays are exclusively for her enjoyment. Yes, dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.
Most families spend their days lazing under the shady trees or pop-up marquees. You can choose to take a picnic lunch or have a BBQ on the free electric BBQ's and picnic benches at the dam. There is a boat ramp and a safety zone for the little swimmers as well as a toilet block.
If you decide you want to stay another day, you can check out accommodation options at either of the two caravan parks. The Atkinson Dam Holiday Park is the pick of accommodation, not just because it is walking distance to the dam, but it has been recently renovated and offers great facilities including a pool, shop, café, camp kitchen and fireplace. It is dog friendly as well and offers camping, cabins and caravan sites for very reasonable rates.
Tropicanna Tours run a successful, owner/operated charter bus service from Maroochydore & surrounds, inc Gympie, up to Hervey Bay, out to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay & down into the border of NSW. Day trips, evening trips, concerts, shows, etc. @ QPAC, Caloundra Cultural Centre, the Lyric, Brisbane, the Twellfth Night Theatre, sports events etc. Day & evening availability. Overnighters restricted to 1 day/night.
Available for charters, entertainment, mystery tours, guided tours, wedding guest oick-ups etc. Door-to- Door pick-ups on Sunshine Caost only.
No alcohol is able to be consumed whilst on the bus. 24 seater with access to other buses if numbers require. 15 yrs. in operation on Sunshine Coast..
Expect a friendly & helpful driver. Assisance provided to those with restricted mobility. Highly competitive rates. See also the Sunshine Coast Daily every Thursday for planned events.
Graham - 0418721965 or (07) 54439448