]If your looking for something a bit off the tourist trail, Wappa Dam may just be it!
The Dam itself was constructed in 1963, supplies much of the Sunshine Coast’s drinking water and has a huge catchment area. It’s hard to believe its man-made when you see how big it is! Its located just a few kilometres upstream of Yandina on the South Maroochy River.
Once there, you will find plenty of wide open grassy spots, you can bring a game of cricket or a soccer ball, walk up to waters edge and see the ducks, there are toilets, BBQ’s, a few covered tables for a picnic and a small kids playground.
Wappa Dam is an ungated Dam, so when it reaches 100% capacity it spills over the Dam Wall which is great to see after the rain! You can get notified when this happens at Seqwaterto make sure you don’t miss it!
Jack Harrison park is the best spot to see the water spill over, looking like a powerful waterfall. If you can’t hear the noise of the water spilling, head to the toilets and follow the path down.
If you want to keep moving, just a short walk away from Jack Harrison Park, you can follow a trail to Wappa Falls and see the falls and the rockpools here. It is not recommended you swim here, and it is not gated, so enjoy the view – but keep an eye on the kids.
Wappa Dam is a great spot for a picnic, to get out in nature or just a wander through, especially after some rain!
To get there from Yandina, head down Wappa Falls Road; you will be on a road surrounded by bush, go past an observatory and soon after you will see a signpost with a number of different locations on it, one saying “Jack Harrison Park” – this is where you want to go!
The park is open 7 days a week, 6am – 6pm.
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