Dam tourists flock to Qld hotspots in record numbers

QUEENSLAND holiday hotspots have had a bumper start to the year with a record number of holidaymakers visiting recreation areas over the festive season.

More than 160,000 people took advantage of the brilliant summer conditions and visited various recreation sites across the south-east over the festive season.

Acting Energy and Water Supply Minister Andrew Cripps said today the figures show how popular Seqwater's lakes are with locals and visitors.

"Dams across south east Queensland offer some of Australia's most enjoyable recreational experiences, from camping, fishing and canoeing, through to water skiing and jet skiing," he said.

Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the most popular recreation sites over the holidays were Lakes Wivenhoe, Somerset and Samsonvale (North Pine Dam) and Hinze Dam.

He said last year more than 2.6 million people visited Seqwater recreation sites - the largest number in a single year.

"The activities on offer at these lakes include fishing, canoeing, bush walking and picnicking, making them great places to relax over the holiday break," he said.

"Not all activities are available at all of the dams, so visitors should check the Seqwater website before heading out."

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