Built in 1866, Enoggera Reservoir is the oldest reservoir in Brisbane, and has seen many changes during its long lifespan, including the addition of the concrete spillway in 1976, and in more recent years, the creation of a beach for day trippers to swim, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.
Bring a picnic, pack the sunscreen and insect repellent, find a spot along the sandy shore of the dam and have a swim in the calm waters, or bring your canoe or kayak for a peaceful paddle out past the waterlilies towards the dam wall. Parents will small children will be reassured to find the water is fairly shallow for several metres, however given that the water is quite murky, and the beach is unpatrolled, my advice is to remain vigilant when watching the children play in the water.
Once you have had enough of the water, you can walk the 5km return track around the perimeter of the dam – early morning walkers can be rewarded with the occasional glimpse of a turtle surfacing. Kids can take delight in the wildlife on display in the visitor’s centre, which include a platypus, a wombat, pademelons, and snakes. After all this physical activity, drop into the Green Tree Frog Café for a coffee, sandwich or cold beer. All in all, one can easily spend the day exploring Enoggera Reservoir, with something for everyone.