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Ready, steady, fish!
Fisheries Queensland's Stocked
Impoundment Permit Scheme
(SIPS) requires anglers (over 18
years old) who fish in certain
dams to purchase a permit
before they throw in a line. A 10%
discount applies for holders of all
Fishing tips, fishing trail maps
and permits can be obtained
from Visitor Information Centres
throughout the region. Or you
can purchase permits from small
businesses in the vicinity of the
dams, or contact the Department
of Primary Industries and
Fisheries on 13 25 23 or online at
Boondooma Dam – Camping
Nature at her best
You’ll find nature is still intact here –
peaceful landscapes, rivers teeming with
fish, quiet waterfalls, ancient gorges and
an abundance of wildlife in the untamed
bush. It’s not built out, fished out or
deforested. And there are many ways you
can lose yourself in the natural world ...
walk and birdwatch on bush trails, set up
camp on a grassy river flat, scale huge
granite boulders of Girraween National
Park, fish in a glistening river, paddle a
canoe, hike in the largest stand of Bunya
pines in the world, marvel at Toowoomba’s
spring flower display or simply enjoy the
fresh air and views on a country drive. Slow
down and breathe deep.
Fish our rivers, lakes and dams
Keen anglers get set for adventure!
Southern Queensland Country has a
reputation for the best inland fishing in
Queensland, with no fewer than 15 dams
and seven river systems traversing it.
Wade in the shallows, throw in a line from a
shady riverbank, or launch your boat or
canoe in search of the great Murray cod,
Australian bass, sleepy cod, sooty grunter,
yellowbelly, silver perch, saratoga, Barcoo
grunter, jewfish and river blackfish.
There are also plenty of picturesque
waterways where you can combine fishing
with picnicking and camping.
And there is no shortage of annual
fishing events to keep the family
entertained: Boondooma Dam Yellow-
belly Fishing Competition and Bjelke-
Petersen Dam Yamaha Bass Pro
Challenge in February; Thallon Carp
Busting Competition in March and
Dirranbandi Family Fishing Competition
over Easter; St George’s Family Fishing
Competition in September; and Bjelke-
Petersen Dam’s Golden Lure Competition
No one throws a party quite like the
locals of Southern Queensland Country.
Down-to- earth country hospitality, an
irreverent sense of fun and the ability to
laugh at themselves sets the scene for
festivals and events celebrating the
region’s unique lifestyle and heritage.
From the cultural to the quirky, you’ll find
it all here. Where else could you bet on
yabbies racing, roll watermelons down a
main street, watch the best rodeo riders
in action and savour delectable local
food and wines? Only here! Plan your trip
to enter a freshwater fishing tournament,
celebrate with the locals at a heritage
festival or enjoy the spectacle of a
country picnic race meeting.
Major events not to be missed include
Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers in
September; Warwick’s Jumpers & Jazz in
July, and the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival
in May, 60km north of Kingaroy.
You can’t help but discover our artistic
communities on your travels.
Creativity blossoms in the country. Many
towns also feature council-run art
galleries as well as artist-run spaces
displaying and selling the works of local
painters, potters, sculptors and
Handmade in country
What better mementos of your travels in
Southern Queensland Country than the
works of local creative artisans? You can
take home time-honoured craft – in the
form of one-of-a -kind jewellery, millinery,
clothing, leatherwork, furniture and gifts
or traditional hand-made preserves and
jams. Crafted with skill, often from local
materials and ingredients, you’ll find just
the right keepsake at artisans’ studios,
Visitor Information Centres and country
markets throughout the region.
Take the lead from a local
Drop in to any Visitor Information Centre
throughout Southern Queensland
Country and you’ll find a friendly country
welcome from people who know the local
area first-hand. There are maps and
brochures and good advice on a diverse
range of interesting attractions,
accommodation and visitor services.
Come on in to check the road conditions,
local events or where to throw in a line!
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