Clarrie Hall Dam

clarrie-hall-dam.jpg About the dam

Clarrie Hall Dam is located on Doon Doon Creek, 15km south-west of Murwillumbah. 

The Tweed’s main water supply is the Tweed River. The dam helps to keep the river flowing when water levels are low.

The dam has a catchment area of 60 km² and holds 15,000 megalitres.

Clarrie Hall Dam recreation area

Clarrie Hall Dam is open to the public all year round, for day visits only

Access to the dam wall is via security gates on Clarrie Hall Dam Road, south-west of Uki.

Gates open: 7.30 am to 5.30 pm (6.30 pm during daylight saving)

The dam is surrounded by 900 hectares of Council-owned forested land and Mount Jerusalem National Park.

The scenic location means it’s popular for photography, picnics, bush walking and bird watching. No overnight camping allowed.

Facilities at Clarrie Hall Dam include toilets, picnic areas and electric barbecues. 

Further down the road (17 km) is the scenic Cram's Farm recreation area.

Council maintains Clarrie Hall Dam and Cram's Farm for everyone to enjoy. Please respect other visitors and wildlife. If you need to, please report a problem.

Check for site closures on our facilities page.

crams-farm.jpg Cram’s Farm 

Cram’s Farm is the main recreational area for the dam. There are 14 hectares to explore and a boat ramp for launching watercraft.

Access to Cram’s Farm is via security gates on Commissioners Creek Road, Doon Doon. 

Gates open: 7.30 am to 5.30 pm (6.30 pm during daylight saving)

Crams Farm Reserve has an extensive area for recreation, toilet facilities and two large sheltered areas. 

  • No swimming
  • No overnight camping
  • No livestock grazing
  • No dogs or horses

Facilities at Cram's Farm

The Dairy

The Dairy is the rustic shelter on the left when you arrive at Cram’s Farm. It can be hired during opening hours. Booking gives you exclusive use of The Dairy, picnic tables and kitchenette (including power and water), with access to use the rest of Cram’s Farm with the general public. 

Booking form(PDF, 195KB)

The Piggery 

The second shelter known as 'The Piggery' is popular for group picnics, with electric barbeques and picnic tables.

This area is available on a ‘first in best dressed on the day’ basis and cannot be booked or cordoned off for exclusive use.

doon-doon-hall.jpg Doon Doon Hall 

The hall can be hired for weddings and events. Bookings are managed by the Doon Doon Hall Trust. Hire fees apply.

Book the hall

Grassed area

The grassed area at Cram’s Farm can be booked for up to 3 hours for wedding ceremonies and events. A fee applies. 

Tracks and trails

Fire trails and tracks around the dam are available for bushwalking (day visits only). No motorbikes or 4WDs allowed.   

Boating

Petrol and diesel motors must not be used on the dam (remove from boat before entering the water).

Electric motors, sail boats, oared boats and kayaks are permitted. 

A jetty and launch ramp offers access to the upper reaches of the dam. Explore by kayak and enjoy catch and release fishing.

Private properties border the dam, please do not land anywhere except the launch sites.  

Fishing

Clarrie Hall Dam has been stocked with more than 300,000 Australian Bass since 1991. 

NSW Fisheries regulations: 2 Bass per person, with only one fish allowed to be longer than 35cm. Catch and release is recommended in Clarrie Hall Dam.

Dam levels and algae alerts

Warning signs are placed at popular water access points around the dam during algal blooms.

Check algae alerts and water levels at Clarrie Hall Dam on the water dashboard.

Raising the wall of Clarrie Hall Dam

There are plans to raise the wall of Clarrie Hall Dam to increase its capacity. The project will secure water for the Tweed’s growing population until 2046.

If the project achieves Ministerial and Council approval, construction to raise the dam wall is on track to start by 2024, with completion in 2026.

Read about the project at Your Say Tweed.

Watch video

Dam safety

Council is responsible for safety at Clarrie Hall Dam. 

Dams are regulated by NSW Dam Safety Committee under the guidance of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams and the Dam Safety Act 1978. Council regularly monitors and reports on the condition of the dam under these regulations.

Clarrie Hall Dam is extremely safe structurally.

While the current spillway capacity is deemed sufficient to pass an extreme flood event, there is a small risk of failure in the unlikely event of an earthquake or other catastrophic event. 

Council has a Dam Safety Emergency Plan(PDF, 3MB) in place. 

The plan shows who would be affected in an incident, and how people would be evacuated from the area. It also sets out how Council would communicate with the public during an event.

The Dam Safety Emergency Plan is activated during floods when certain dam levels are reached, or immediately if other events occur. Council educates downstream residents about the plan. 

See emergency management and dam safety