Cressbrook Dam has been closed for all recreational activities due to a cyanobacteria (blue green algae) outbreak. The park area remains open.
This place should be on your activity hot spot list. Lake Cressbrook offers many activities: boating, rowing, fishing, bush walking, sailing, camping, picnicking, kayaking and canoeing to name just a few.
Lake Cressbrook is a leisurely 50km drive from Toowoomba, and about 15 minutes drive from Crows Nest. It's easily accessible from the New England Highway via Pechey or Crows Nest or from the Esk-Hampton Road near Ravensbourne.
The day use area is open from 6am to 8pm (September to April) and from 7am to 6pm (May to August). Water based activities are not permitted outside these hours (campers included).
Please be advised that Cressbrook camping ground will be closed to the public from 1 May until 28 June 2019. We will undertake infrastructure improvements and maintenance during this time. Should these works be completed ahead of schedule the campground will be re-opened earlier than currently forecast.
Alternatives to Cressbrook Dam during this time would include camping at Crows Nest Falls National Park and Somerset Dam.
The campground is located on the shores of the lake to the west of the day use area and boat ramps. Turn left immediately after passing through the main entry. There are more then 30 campsites at Lake Cressbrook; six of these are available for campers, vans and caravans. All have access to bathroom amenities and barbecue facilities. Generators are prohibited. A limit of 14 consecutive nights camping applies.
Bookings are not taken but self-registration is required on entry. This includes completion of the registration form/envelope which can be found at the information booth upon entry. Please enclose the correct camping fees within the envelope as change is not available.
Campsites cannot be booked, rather campers pay for their site on arrival.
Camping fees are:
- $8 per person per night (under 5 year old free)
- $32 per family (up to two adults and any number of children under 18 years) per night
- Groups of more then 20 persons qualify for a discounted rate of $5 per person per night
Please note that firewood is not available on site, either for sale or by collection. All firewood for use at your campsite is strictly bring your own.
Alcohol is not permitted at this location.
- numbered camp sites for tent areas with a variety of shade and sunny sites - many sites have shrub privacy borders;
- caravan and motor home areas;
- camp kitchen with tables, BBQ and sink, and a separate fish cleaning area;
- rubbish bins;
- toilet and shower block (hot and cold showers available);
- access to lake from campground for paddle craft (canoes) only with a sealed boat ramp located in the day-use area approximately less than 1km away; and
- regular patrols by staff
Information about the Lake Cressbrook Walk can be found in the Lake Cressbrook park article.
No fire bans in place.
Boat ramps are located close to the entrance to Lake Cressbrook near the main recreational area, just drive straight ahead after passing through the boom gates. Outboard motors are permitted on Lake Cressbrook, however, under Local Law, boat speeds must be confined to 4 knots (7.25kms per hour) inshore and 8 knots (14.5kms per hour) offshore. This is to ensure the safety of other users of the lake and to ensure that sediment from the wave action is not washed into Toowoomba region’s water supply.
Boating, canoeing and sailing are all permitted on Lake Cressbrook. Swimming is prohibited. If you intend to fish, don’t forget that fishing requires a Stocked Impoundment Permit. This is a State Government Permit, the fees from which are used to stock included dams with fingerlings.
Fishing permits are available online at the Department Of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry or from most tackle outlets. There are many types of fish that can be caught in Lake Cressbrook. Bag limits, which are limits set by the Queensland Government regarding the number of a species of fish that a person may have in their possession, apply also at Lake Cressbrook. Refer to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for most up to date information relating to bag limits.
As the lake is a flora and fauna reserve, domestic animals are not permitted so please leave your pets at home.