Maraboon Lake, Emerald

Maraboon Lake, Emerald


The paddle


From the Lake boat ramp you have a number of options to explore including a trip to Kangaroo Island if the conditions are suitable. You need to be aware of boats and skiers. You will need to return to the boat ramp.


How to get there


Lake Maraboon and Fairbairn Dam are located 18 km south of Emerald, via Selma Road or via the Fairbairn Dam Access Road off the Gregory Highway (Springsure Road)


What to expect Ð water conditions, etc


You should note that Lake Maraboon is a massive lake, and you should treat it the same as inshore coastal waters. Distances over water can be deceptive, and it is easy to get lost in a lake that covers 15000 square km. Take note of winds before venturing onto the lake, especially in canoes and kayaks and be very careful when storms are expected.


At low water levels it may not be suitable to paddle on the Lake as the stumps of trees may be too close to the water surface.  Consider the suitability of your canoe or kayak to the lake conditions.


Distance/Time to allow


You can tailor your paddles to the time that you have available. You can organise interesting paddles of 2 to 4 hours in duration.


Camping facilities, accommodation, etc


Lake Maraboon Holiday Village overlooks Lake Maraboon. Their website with further details is and their phone number is: (07) 4982 3677. 


Other attractions in the area


Fishing, variety of wildlife and birds, drive across the Fairbairn dam wall and a daytrip to the gemfields.  


Other useful information


A map of the lake can be accessed from the website at: