McGavin View is a picnic and viewing area of North Pine Dam on Lake Samsonvale, just west of Petrie. It is the closest area to the dam wall, with Bullocky Rest visible across the other side. Forgan Cove is further south, but there are no views of the dam wall from there.
The park is set up well for having a picnic lunch with the family. There are plenty of picnic tables spread around, and free BBQs to cook up a hot lunch, and the playground equipment will help keep the kids amused.
The main area has restricted hours, locked each night to vehicle access, but there is an area of the park that is accessible directly from the road and still allowing walk-in access to the main area of McGavin View.
The main toilet block has stairs to the top of it, providing a better view over the lake and dam wall. A fence along the entire dam shoreline at the park provides for plenty of viewing positions.
At the far western end of the park, at the end of the fencing, is a track that is an access point for fishing. The track doesn’t go too far, but it can be a nice walk along the edge of the lake.
To get there:
Coming from north of Brisbane along the Bruce Hwy, or from the south following the Gateway Motorway, take the Petrie exit to Anzac Ave (exit 133), and follow the signs to Petrie. Follow Anzac Ave for 5.4km, to a roundabout at Petrie. Turn right at the roundabout following the brown sign to Old Petrie Town onto Dayboro Rd. Continue for 4.1km and turn into Vores Rd. The entry to North Pine Dam McGavin View is 1.4km on the left.
Coming from the south along Old Gympie Rd, take the Strathpine exit at Strathpine Rd, and turn left. Follow Strathpine Rd, which becomes Gympie Rd, for 7.2km, to a roundabout at Petrie. Turn right at the roundabout following the brown sign to Old Petrie Town onto Dayboro Rd. Continue for 4.1km and turn into Vores Rd. The entry to North Pine Dam McGavin View is 1.4km on the left.
Hours: Sep-Apr Mon-Sun 5.30am-6.30pm, May-Aug Mon-Sun 6am-5.30pm, hours only for vehicle access to main area
Wheelchair accessible: Yes