We’re lucky to live near two artificial lakes: Lake Kurwongbah which was created when Sideling Creek was dammed in 1955, and Lake Samsonvale which was created when the North Pine River was dammed in 1968.
I love riding the bike by these large bodies of water.
Lake Kurwongbah was oriiginally built to supply water to the Australian Paper Manufacturers (APM) Petrie Mill – now known as the Amcor Cartonboard Petrie Mill.
Today if you walk along the Dam Wall at Kurwongbah you’ll often see a mass of air bubbling up to the lake surface. This is because the Pump House is operating, transferring water into Lake Kurwongbah. (It’s also a good reason not to swim in the river near the Pump House!)
[Source: “Pioneering the Pine”, Leith Barter. 2005]
If you look carefully you can see a pelican drifting on Lake Samsonvale. I watched this one gliding in like a strangely shaped flying boat from years gone by.
It doesn’t get much better than this! There are a lot worse things you could do than wander along the shoreline of Lake Samsonvale 🙂
Max elevation: 39 m
Min elevation: -17 m
Total climbing: 301 m
Total descent: -310 m
Average speed: 17.70 km/h
Total Time: 01:34:12