The scenic lookout at Cania Dam is on a high point above the dam across from the Castle Mountain cliffs of the Cania Gorge National Park.
You can drive to the lookout or walk from the recreational areas of Cania Dam .
At the lookout is a brick shelter from which the views to the dam wall and the mountain cliffs can be seen from. Inside there is information about the dam and its construction.
A plaque contains the names of the pioneers of the district that were laid to rest in the Cania Cemetery before the land of the town was claimed to become the dam. Below is a list of names on a plaque and another plaque dedicated to the Childs family and Edward Victor Childs who was the last owner of the land prior to resumption for the Cania Dam.
Outside there is a monument with some of the headstones recovered from the Cania Goldfield Cemetery. An odd thing with the list in the shelter is that the dates are one day after the date on the headstones, except for Eliza Williams with the date eight days before it. The dates of the headstones are included in the list with an asterisk (*).
The monument also has a plaque for Ronald Frederick Carlsen who was accidentally killed 18th September 1981, during the construction of the dam.
There are no facilities at the lookout, however, there are great facilities at the recreation area of Cania Dam below the lookout. There is a water tank next to the shelter but it was completely dry when we were there and not really suitable for drinking anyway.
|WELLBY, Alfred||M||5 days||8.1.1880|
|KELLY, George Michael||M||1||29.5.1886|
|BROWN, Annie Millicent||F||5 months||1.7.1889|
|DOYLE, Mary Ann||F||HOUSEWIFE||32||28.4.1891|
|CARIGE, Henry Arthur Chalmers||M||18||8.10.1900|
|LINDORES, Henry Gilbert||M||16||24.12.1900|
|WILES, Edward John||M||2||21.2.1904|
|WILES, Agnes Elizabeth||F||2||21.6.1905|
|HARRIS, Herbert Henry Nallor||M||8||20.8.1909
|STEPHEN, James *||M||BUTCHER||73||23.12.1912
|MCGOWAN, Leonard Bowden||M||HOTEL KEEPER||32||16.7.1913|
|WALKER, John Edward Ernest||M||PENSIONER||79||13.11.1914|
|SARGENT, William Robert||M||MINER||72||8.4.1916|
|HAWKINS, William Lewis||M||MINER||80||26.11.1917|
|CHILDS, Agnes Vera||F||8||8.2.1926
To get there:
From Monto, head north along the Burnett Hwy for 9.2km and turn right into Cania Rd. Follow Cania Rd for 12.5km, passing through Moonford, to reach the entrance of the Cania Gorge National Park. Continue for 12.3km further and turn left at the roundabout. Drive up the hill 300m to the lookout.
From Thangool, head south along the Burnett Hwy for 69.9km and turn left into Cania Rd. Follow Cania Rd for 12.5km, passing through Moonford, to reach the entrance of the Cania Gorge National Park. Continue for 12.3km further and turn left at the roundabout. Drive up the hill 300m to the lookout.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes