The Hinze Dam was built on the Nerang River in 1976 and was expanded in 1989 and again in 2011. It is an impressive sight. The Dam holds 310 gigaliters of water over an area of 1,500 hectares. The body of water itself is called the Advancetown Lake. The spillway is 85 meters high and the wall is 1,850 meters long. Lots of big numbers and big man-made structures to discuss and marvel at with little people.
The Wall is open to the public for cycling and walking from 6am to 6pm each day. The path is straight, flat and wide, and stretches for 1.9 kilometers from the entrance at the Visitor Center to the Dam Wall Trailhead. That's a 3.8 kilometer round trip. Not a bad effort for little legs.
On the northern side, the Dam Wall Trailhead marks the entrance to the Peter Hallinan Mountain Bike Precinct. This precinct is a network of purpose built mountain bike trails constructed and maintained by the Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club. The trails can be ridden by members of the public when competitions are not underway. Adventurous families with the right equipment can give the 'Family Loop' a burl. Visit the Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club website for information about the trails.
The entrance to the Peter Hallinan Mountain Bike Precinct
1. Grab a lemonade iceblock and a coffee or something more substantial at the View Cafe. 2. Tour the educational displays in the Visitor Center and watch the short and sweet movie about the construction and expansion of the Dam.
3. Picnic and play at the children's playground at Picnic Parkland.