Toonumbar Dam

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CostsToiletsRubbish BinsSheltered Picnic TablesNon-potable Water TabWheelchair Accessible with AssistanceNo PetsNo Playground

Toonumbar Dam, west of Kyogle in the Richmond Range, supplies water to towns and farmers along the Iron Pot and Eden Creeks.

Construction of the 44-metre high dam wall was completed in 1972 and is 229 metres long with a storage capacity of 11,000 megalitres.

Toonumbar Dam is regularly stocked with Australian Bass and East Coast Cod, a good location for freshwater fishing. A NSW Recreational Fishing License is required to fish at the dam.

Walking is permitted on the dam wall which provides great views along the length of the dam water. At the far end of the wall is the spillway.

Follow the road to the bottom of the dam and there is a picnic area with a causeway across Iron Pot Creek. There isn’t much there though, and much of the facilities around the dam wall are disappointing.

Camping is permitted at Bells Bay Campground further up the dam along an access track about 2.3km from the Dam Access Rd.

Managed by the Kyogle Fishing Club, the campground is only open from Thursday 3pm to Sunday 3pm (4pm during Summer). It is also open on recognised NSW Government public holidays and school holidays. Queensland visitors will need to be careful and check which holiday weeks align with NSW’s as they are frequently out by a week.

For days when Bells Bay Campground is closed, the nearest camping is at Iron Pot Campground in Toonumbar National Park.

The facilities are fairly decent for a remote camping location. There are drop toilets, non-potable water, picnic tables and shelters, designated firepits (not permitted in a total fire ban). Signs say there are no bins but there were bins when we were there.

A boat ramp can be used to launch watercraft, with no restrictions on the types of craft. There is an 8-knot speed restriction on the dam and an exclusion zone near the wall.

To get there

Brown Sign for Toolumbar Dam, 31km

From Kyogle, turn into Anzac Dr with the brown sign for Toonumbar Dam at the Kyogle Visitor Information Centre and follow for 500m. Turn right at another brown sign to continue on Anzac Dr for another 2.5km, then leaving the township, the road becomes Afterlee Rd and follow for about 19.5km reaching Dam Access Rd. Continue straight ahead on Dam Access Rd (Afterlee Rd continues with a turn to the right towards Toonumbar National Park) and follow for another 7.4km to reach the Bells Bay Campground access track, or continue another 600m to reach the end of the dam wall.

Cost:Free, Bells Bay Campground: Adult $10, Child (5-17) $5, Large Camp Shelter $20, Fee Collect by Ranger $5

Hours:Anytime, see details in article for open and closed days for camping at Bells Bay Campground

Toilets:Toilets

Bins:Bins

Tables/Seating:Sheltered Picnic Tables

Water:Tap Non-Potable

Wheelchair accessible:With assistance

Pets:No

Playground:No


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