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Ever Wanted to See the Flood Gates of Lake Wivenhoe Up Close? Check out Spillway Common…

In the lead up to the 2011 floods, thousands of people drove out to the Brisbane Valley to witness the release of water from Lake Wivenhoe. It was quite an impressive sight that also saw traffic banked up along the Warrego Highway, waiting patiently to turn right onto the Brisbane Valley Highway because it was before the construction of the new Blacksoil overpass…

But now you can see the flood gates up close without having to wade through the crowds by taking a drive to Spillway Common.

When you’re driving out to the retreat from the direction of Ipswich, drive along the Brisbane Valley Highway through Fernvale and then keep an eye out for the signs on your left for the turn off to Spillway Common…five minutes from Fernvale and just before you reach the dam wall…

There’s a lookout there where you can see the flood gates and the dam wall…

This is a photo we took back in December 2010 from there in the lead up to the 2011 floods, when water was being released.

We can’t guarantee that you’ll see water being released when you visit the Spillway Common Lookout, but it’s an opportunity to see the size of the flood gates up close and take in a unique view of the dam wall…

There’s also undercover picnic tables, toilets and BBQ facilities with a variety of wildlife if you’re looking for something different to do for lunch, otherwise another minute down the road, on your right and just before you head over the dam wall you’ll find Cormorant Bay and the Cormorant Bay Cafe (check for opening times)

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