Lake Awoonga Recreation Area Lake Awoonga Recreation Area

Riverston Bay Marine Zone Proposal - Have Your Say!

The Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) is inviting comments on a marine zone proposal around Riverston Bay, which would exclude public use of motorised watercrafts in the area. The purpose of this marine zone is in response to balancing the amenity experience and safety of different user groups.

The proposal can be viewed HERE.

It can also be found on the Maritime Safety Queensland's website at


Written submissions on the proposal may be made to:

Email: OR

Post: Gladstone Area Water Board, PO Box 466, Gladstone, QLD, 4680.

The closing date for receipt of written submissions is 6 January 2022.



The main recreation area offers excellent facilities and is open to the public all year round. Framed by the rugged peaks of Mt Castletower National Park, Lake Awoonga is situated a short drive from Gladstone or Boyne Island/Tannum Sands and is only minutes from the Bruce Highway.

Please note that domestic animals are not permitted at the recreation area.

Things to do at the Lake Awoonga Recreation Area:

  • Fish for barramundi (and other fish) all year round
  • Go swimming with family or friends
  • Saunter along one of the landscaped walking trails
  • Explore the beauty of Lake Awoonga by boat
  • Enjoy a picnic or barbecue
  • Go sailing, canoeing or skiing
  • Photograph the wonderful wildlife or go bird watching (around 25% of Australia's bird species can be found in the region)
  • Or just sit back, relax and take in the lovely landscapes and sensational scenery.

Safety and Recreation Notice: Submerged Hazards at Lake Awoonga 

Due to low water levels at Lake Awoonga, a large, submerged hazard approximately 10-15 metres long has been exposed in the bay between Ironbark Gully and the main boat ramp.

The area has been marked with a buoy line and access to the bay has now been restricted for all recreational users.

Boaties are asked to play it safe and exercise caution when navigating near this area. Watch for submerged hazards including debris and natural hazards. These conditions may not be suitable for all watercraft activities.

Stay alert and follow the direction of onsite signage. Submerged hazards can be exposed at different water levels.

Camping at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area

At Lake Awoonga camping is permitted only at the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park (or on the other side of the lake at the Boynedale Bush Camp). To book a camp-site, cabin or an onsite van at the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park telephone (07) 4975 0155.

Barbecues and Campfires at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area

Sheltered picnic and BBQ areas are located throughout the Lake Awoonga Recreation Area. No fires are to be lit outside of designated fireplaces.

Disabled Access at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area

Lake Awoonga has specially designated parking bays, and selected picnic areas that are accessible to the disabled. Visitors with special needs are advised to contact the Rangers on 0419 661 482 prior to arrival so that they can reserve appropriate facilities. Disabled toilet access is available at Ironbark Gully and Riverston Bay.

Walking Trails at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area

The two walking trails suit people of different fitness levels. Around 25% of Australia's bird species can be found in the Lake Awoonga region, and a leisurely walk may provide you with a good viewing vantage.

Contact the Rangers at Lake Awoonga

Rangers can be contacted on 0419 661 482.

Lake Awoonga Brochure

Native Flora & Fauna and Fishing Brochure

Link to Entry Terms and Conditions for Lake Awoonga and Boynedale Bushcamp

no dogs or cats allowed

No dogs or cats allowed at the Awoonga Recreational Area.