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Hinze Dam

The Hinze Dam is the main drinking water supply for the Gold Coast region and is interconnected to the Seqwater Grid. The most recent upgrade saw the wall raised by 15 metres, doubling the dam’s capacity and providing increased water security and flood mitigation. Built across the Nerang River, it was originally constructed in 1976, raised in 1989 and significantly upgraded in 2011.

The Hinze Dam is a rock and earth fill embankment dam with an ungated spillway located 15km south west of Nerang in the Gold Coast hinterland. The dam wall stands 108.5m above sea level is 1,850m long and holds back a 310,730 megalitre reservoir called Advancetown Lake.

Hinze Dam is a fantastic recreational destination, featuring lakeside parks, walking, bike and horse trails, ample car parking, toilet facilities and barbeque areas for public use.

The Hinze Dam Interpretive Centre houses educational audio-visual displays that takes you on the journey of our water supply from source to tap, featuring informational panels, videos and interactive virtual tours. The displays also trace the history of the Nerang Valley and catchment, as well as the surrounding Border Ranges.

Sustainability features include a water feature which harvests rainwater from the roof and reuses it for toilet flushing and passive cooling.

Advancetown Rd, Advancetown

10am - 3pm



Self-guided and guided tours. 30 minute guided tours will run at 10.30am, 12.00pm & 2.00pm for a maximum of 30 people. 

Or take a self-guided tour of all public access areas of Hinze Dam including the dam wall walk, spillway viewing platform, interpretive centre and parklands.

Building type

Seqwater infrastructure


Hinze Dam Stage Three Alliance comprised of Seqwater, Sinclair Knight Merz, Theiss and URS


Stage 1: 1976
Stage 2: 1989
Stage 3: Completed in 2011