Theresa Creek Campgrounds

Address: Theresa Creek Dam Road, Clermont QLD 4721, Australia
Location Description:
Cost: Low cost / Donation
Type: Campground
  • Tents
  • Camper Trailers
  • Caravans
  • 2WD Access
  • 4WD Access
  • Dog Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Bins
  • Drinking Water
  • Non-Potable Water
  • Generators
  • BBQ
  • Fires Permitted
  • No Phone Reception
  • WiFi Available
  • Kiosk
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Playground
  • Gas Refills
  • Information
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Swimming


When we drove into the Goldfields area of Central Queensland it was exactly what I expected large open areas of dry land and dust with some mountains scattered through the landscape. After seeing so many dry rivers and lakes I did not expect much from Theresa Creek Dam Campsite.

Theresa Creek Dam Campgrounds is located 22 kms South-West of Clermont, Qld like the name suggests it is right on the edge of the dam and when we were there was plenty of water (and redclaw). It is quite a hidden oasis in the middle of the outback offering lots of space and water for you to enjoy your holiday.

The road into the campground is sealed all the way from Clermont so it is accessible for all vehicles and all setups.

The campground offers a range of campsites, with the sites not being defined it means that any size set up can enjoy any area of the campground. There are no powered sites at the campground so you are dependant on a generator (between 8:30am – 8:30pm) or solar for your power needs. The ground surface of the sites is dirt so I would suggest a ground mat and some good pegs as it can get a little windy. Whilst there is lots of trees around that provide shade there is not a lot of vegetation that provide privacy between sites.

There are two sections within the campground one is located near the kiosk/cafe and one on the other side of the bay. Both have their benefits so here is a little bit about the two areas:

Near the kiosk/cafe – Main benefit is the proximity of the kiosk/cafe, amenities blocks, boat ramp, designated swimming area, day-use areas and kids playground. The grounds in this area appear to be well maintained in regards to watering and mowing of the areas that are grassed. There is very limited sites on the waterfront so you may have people walking next to you to access the water if you camp down there. The waterfront sites are mostly shaded and it would be difficult to depend purely on solar, the non-waterfront sites offer shaded, partially shaded and un-shaded areas. Most of the sites with the exception of the waterfront ones are gently sloping.

Opposite side of the dam – The area generally has less people, there is access to the marina where you could have your watercraft moored up. There are also some camping shelters. It is also suitable for larger groups due to the space and not having so many people to be concerned about your noise. The area has limited trees, especially on the northern aspect so assume solar panels would do well.

The campground has ammenties blocks with flushing toilets and hot showers. They were quite run down and could definitely do with an update, but they served their purpose. During our stay, they appeared to be working on some additional smaller amenity buildings. There are large bins provided in a few locations to dispose of rubbish. The day-use area located next to the kiosk/cafe offers shaded seating areas, electric BBQs and kids playground. You are allowed to have campfires but check on current local fire restrictions.

The kiosk/cafe sells a small range of basic supplies including drinks, groceries, gas and ice. The cafe has a surprisingly very large range of options including cakes, burgers, fish and chips and real coffee. Meals can be taken back to your campsite or enjoyed in the cafe area that looks over the dam and the playground.

The dam offers access to all types of water activities both motorised and non-motorised. The boat ramp within the campground makes it easy to launch your boat which you could leave tied up overnight in front of your site. If paddling is more your thing there is plenty of water to explore in your kayak or paddle-board. There is a designated swimming area for the safety of swimmers however, during our stay the water was quite murky.

For the kids there is a great playground located next to the kiosk/cafe which will keep them entertained for hours, the area would be suitable for bikes and there are large areas to kick a ball or hit a six.

Theresa Creek Dam also hosts various events over the year including music, movies, raffles etc which are advertised on their facebook page.

For the anglers there are plenty of fish in Theresa Creek Dam but you need to obtain a fishing permit from Department of Primary Industries . If you are after a fish, the dam is very seasonal so plan to go in the summer, there are opportunities for both landbased fisho’s and those with watercraft, be it a kayak or boat. Theresa Creek Dam is also well known for redclaw which you don’t need a permit for. Ensure before you head out that you are aware of any any rules and regulations.

Dog are allowed but must be on a leash at all times, other restrictions also apply and are available at the front desk on check in.

There is no booking for the campground, it is first in first served basis. You need to check in at the kiosk on arrival, if you arrive after hours just pop into the office in the morning. For current opening hours check their facebook page.  Sites are charged per couple and kids are free.

There is an abundance of wildlife that call the dam home, including rainbow lorikeets, ducks, shags, turtles, fish, redclaw and these cute little nocturnals that I think were bandicoots. All of these provide perfect photo opportunities and enjoyable just to watch. They are wildlife though so do not feed them and keep domestic animals away.

It is important to remember that that phone reception is patchy so it is EFTPOS is not always available so they request cash only.

The dam is also a glass free area, so all drinks need to be in plastic bottles or cans.

Phone and Wifi access is not reliable but you MAY get something up near the kiosk/cafe.

Closest Services:
Chemical Toilet Dump Point: Onsite
Water: Non-Potable water available onsite
Waste Transfer Station: Large bins onsite
Container Exchange Point: Grand Hotel Clermont, 72 Capella St, Clermont

About The Area:

Clermont was the first inland settlement in the tropics established in 1864. It was born after the discovery of gold in 1861 in a gully now known as Nelson's Gully. Word spread of the gold and by the end of 1862 there was more than 1000 miners working in the goldfields. This was then followed by another gold rush as more fields where discovered in the area.

In 1916 Clermont was devasted by flood waters from a cyclone on the East coast. When the water subsided the town was in ruins and 65 people had drowned. Three pianos were found in trees surrounding Sandy Creek, this is why there is now a replica piano in a tree just out of town.

Since then the Clermont area has played an important role in various industries including sheep, cattle, horses, timber and grain. It was this coal mining population boom in 1980's in resulted in Theresa Creek Dam being built in 1983.

These days Theresa Creek Dam is the main water supply for Clermont and the destination for lots of recreational activities.

Nearby Attractions:

Closest Tourist Information Centre: Cnr Herschel and Karmoo Streets, Clermont Qld
Things to do around Theresa Creek Dam include:
- Go in search for gold at the surrounding goldfields
- Play spot the frog in the train murals in Clermont
- Stroll along the Memorial Walk and enjoy a picnic at Hoods Lagoon
- Visit the famous 'Piano in a Tree' and 1916 flood marker in Clermont
- Enjoy a scenic drive through Peak Range Park
- Drop into 'Copperfield' ghost town, Queenslands first copper mine
- Visit the historical center to learn all about the history of the area
- Fossik for gems in the gemfields in nearby Rubyvale

Closest Town And Distance: Clermont - 22kms

What We Liked: The wildlife, tranquility and view made it very easy to relax and enjoy the dam whilst Brendon could drive to the general fossiking areas for the day.

What We Didn't Like: The facilites were run down and needed some work. However, it appeared that this was something they were addressing.