Paddleboarding Ewen Maddock Dam

When we decided to move back to Australia one of the very first things I did was to explore the ‘SUPertunities’ for Paddleboarding on the Sunshine Coast. Still being in Scotland at the time I did this by satelite image maps which is my favorite way to virtually explore paddleboarding locations. Taking my paddleboard out onto Ewen Maddock Dam soon made its way to the top of my list.

The Main Points

  • Location – Ewen Maddock Dam, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia
  • Cost – Free
  • Conditions – Freshwater lake/dam
  • Other users – Other paddlers, walkers, horse riders, bike riders
  • Entry Point – Sandy Beach/ concrete ramp
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Bathrooms in car park, picnic shelters and BBQ’s, playground and wash down point for watercraft



Paddleboarding on Ewen Maddock Dam

What a fantastic surprise Ewen Maddock was for paddleboarders as well as kayakers, canoers, bushwalkers, horse and bike riders! There is plenty of shady areas and covered BBQ shelters for picnicers and a great playground. The park has a great variety of activities for people wanting to enjoy the area after their paddle. What impressed me the most was being able to rinse off out paddleboard and kayak after our paddle. These facilities are provided to help stop the spread of blue green algae between waterways.

Washing down the paddleboard after a session on Ewen Maddock Dam

One of the lovely surprises about our paddleboard session on Ewen Maddock Dam was catching glimpses of the iconic Glass House Mountains. The well known silhouettes of these enigmatic stone sentinals are a stunning and familiar sight to those familiar with the Sunshine Coast.

Watch our video of our Paddleboard session on Ewen Maddock Dam here

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