Lake Dalrymple DOIW
20 degrees 40' 06" S, 146 degrees 58' 39" E; the site extends c. 63 km in a north-south direction and is up to 20 km wide, with its centre c. 100 km southeast of Charters Towers.The site is Lake Dalrymple to the maximum water level of the impoundment (c. the 160 m contour). It has been created by damming the Burdekin River at the site of the former Burdekin Falls. The catchment represents a significant area of the total Burdekin-Haughton catchment and of Queensland (in excess of 10 million ha). In the north it includes the Burdekin and Clark rivers, in the west the Cape River, and in the south the Belyando and Suttor rivers.
Lake Dalrymple is significant as a permanent body of water in an area which is subject to protracted drought. The diversity of animal habitat will increase as the hydrology of the impounded water stabilises, along with seasonal patterns of flooding and drying, particularly in shallow areas.
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