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Balonne River

Balonne River

St George is a captivating rural town situated in the south west of Queensland situated on picturesque banks of the Balonne River. This town is often referred to as the ‘inland fishing capital’ and it leaves no doubt why. This town is home to some of the finest waterways in Queensland, and maybe even Australia, overflowing with a variety of fish. This popular fishing spot never fails to attract anglers from all around Australia.

The waterways also offer a great place to relax and unwind and enjoy a lazy stroll along the bank enjoying the natural beauty and tranquility of the Balonne River and its surrounds.

Find a spot along the banks of the Balonne River and cast in a line, and enjoy the sunshine. The fish are plentiful and many varieties are found in this area such as Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Golden Perch, and Silver Perch. Maybe even try your luck at Balonne Minor Bridge. Overnight camping is permitted in this area, but you need to always remain aware of the river water levels and choose a safe distance to set up camp from the waters edge.

One main event which takes place on the Balonne River in St George is the annual family fishing competition. This attracts many a family to the region to try their luck at the $5000 prize pool.

Beardmore Dam is another fine fishing spot to consider. Beardmore Dam is situated around 21km north of the town of St George. This area does boast some great fishing, and if you’re really keen you can even dig for your own bait at the ‘worm farm’. Beardmore Dam also offers some pleasant picnic spots for family relaxation, however no camping is permitted in this area. There are several private properties in the area further downstream that permits camping.

NOTE: Catch limits and size restrictions have been put in place and all anglers need to be aware and adhere to these requirements. The legal limit Murray cod is 60-110 cm with a bag limit of two and, for golden perch, the legal length is 30 cm with a bag limit of 10.

Things to do and see…

  • Fishing
    Try fishing some of the best waterways St George and the surrounding regions have to offer – Balonne River, Beardmore Dam, Moonie River, Jack Taylor Weir and the Warroo Bridge.
  • Sightseeing
    Take in the picturesque town of St George and its surrounding areas. Visit the Vineyards, the Heritage Centre, the Unique Egg ( decorated Emu Eggs ), picnic on the beautiful banks of the Balonne River, explore the flora and fauna ( especially during springtime ), or simply wander through the town.
  • Bushwalking
    Take the Balonne River walk – observe local birdlife and search for a koala.
  • Camping
    Camping along the Balone River or at one of the camping grounds or tourist parks in the area.


St George – 512km from Brisbane.