Borumba Dam

Welcome to Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi country and Borumba Dam

Borumba Dam is located south-west of Imbil and supplies drinking and irrigation water. The dam was built across Yabba Creek and was originally completed in 1964 with an upgrade in 1997.

During the construction of the dam, a small village of construction workers and their families lived in temporary accommodation near the dam site. This site is now the location of the camping grounds.

View the slideshow for a snapshot, but click on the photo gallery for all photos.

  • Yabba Creek in flood (196-) during build of Borumba Dam 1960-1964 - donated by Keith Buchanan
  • Skiing on Borumba Dam - mid 1980s - donated by Kaili Parker-Price
  • Borumba Dam construction 1960-1964 - base of the spillway - donated by Keith Buchanan
  • Borumba Dam construction 1960-1964 - water monitor and NCK crane in use - donated by Keith Buchanan
  • Borumba Dam postcard c1964 - donated by Ian Stehbens
  • Borumba Dam - 1964 - Gympie Regional Libraries
  • Skiing on Borumba Dam - mid 1980s - donated by Kaili Parker-Price
  • Borumba under construction - taken by Pauline and George Price - donated by Kaili Parker-Price

Photo Gallery of Borumba Dam – click on an image to view full screen

Official Documents, Plans and Maps

To view the interviews of the Borumba Dam visit here

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King, Joy (2001) “Imbil: jewel of the Mary Valley: a historical reference” [available for loan]
Wild Heart Bountiful Land
Produced by the Queensland State Archives in partnership with Cooloola Shire Council, Wild Heart Bountiful Land is an historical overview of the Mary River Valley. [free eBook]
Mary Valley Rattler
A history of the railway in the Mary Valley [Web site]
Queensland Places
Centre for the Government of Queensland, contains all the places in Queensland with or has had a population over 500. [Web site]
Regional Profile
A statistical snapshot of our region [Web site]
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Data from the 2016 Census [Web site]


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