Time for a picnic

Welcome to Ipswich Local’s ‘Picnic Place’ series, where we venture to the best dams across the region to provide you with the perfect weekend getaway plans.

This month we are suggesting you pack up the picnic basket and head to Ewen Maddock Dam.

Constructed between 1976 and 1983 across Addlington Creek, which flows off the Mooloolah River in the Sunshine Coast, Ewen Maddock Dam is one of the most popular weekend getaway spots for Southeast Queenslanders.

The dam and all its recreation facilities are open to the public seven days a week, from 5:30am to 6:30pm during September to April and 6am to 5:30pm between May and August.

Families can enjoy a host of activities, with free onsite barbeques, shelters and picnic areas available coupled with playgrounds for the children and a swimming area with a sandy beach.

With vast designated dog on leash areas, furry family members are also able to take part in the weekend’s adventure and can enjoy Maddock Park and all of the surrounding trails.

Families wanting to make a whole weekend away can also enjoy the private camping grounds and unwind from the working week surrounded by nature.

Water lovers are in luck too, with the stunning lake offering up a beautiful place to explore the natural world by canoe or kayak, however motorised boats are not permitted.

Ewen Maddock Dam is also a popular fishing spot, with keen fishers who have obtained a permit able to set up from their paddle craft or from the platform on the boardwalk.

Seqwater’s Coordinator of Recreation and Catchment Services, Justin Lee, said Ewen Maddock Dam has more than nine kilometres of multi-use trails for walkers, bike riders and horse riders to enjoy.

“Most of our lakes are full and conditions are ideal to enjoy boating, fishing, or just have a scenic picnic or BBQ by the lake,” Justin Lee said.

The only thing left for you to do is pack the car, grab the kids, and get adventuring to Ewen Maddock Dam!

It will take you about two hours to drive north to the dam from Ipswich. It’s located in Landsborough.

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