Plenty of people relaxed and enjoyed the water at Somerset Dam on Saturday.
Plenty of people relaxed and enjoyed the water at Somerset Dam on Saturday. Claudia Baxter

Crowds spill into dams for Easter

TRADITIONAL Easter holiday destination Somerset Dam has again been a major attraction for revellers visiting the picturesque location over the four-day break.

More than 7000 campers and daytrippers expected to visit the dam over the long weekend to either relax or try their hand at more fast-paced water sports.

The Kirkleigh camping ground was booked out, reaching its capacity of 3000 people.

Among the campers who headed to Somerset Dam for the weekend were Mandel Kayser and her family.

It was the first time they had made the trip to the popular Easter getaway destination.

They made the most of the warm conditions by cooling off in the dam.

"We have got no complaints so far," she said.

"It's not too hot and not too cold. Easter is the perfect time. It's the first time with our little one, Brock."

Leading up to Easter, Seqwater and the Queensland Police urged boaties to take caution while on the water, especially in regards to driving a boat while under the influence and the use of life jackets.

The Water Police was out patrolling waterways, keeping an eye on the festivities.

Around 150,000 people were expected to flock to dams in south-east Queensland during Easter, Water Grid CEO Barry Dennien said. It launched a campaign - Don't be DAM stupid - to ensure people stayed safe.

Seqwater, the Queensland Police Service and Maritime Safety Queensland again conducted patrols at dams to enforce responsible behaviour.



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