Location of Maroochy River Basin within Queensland
The study area encompasses the Maroochy River (the mouth of which is at Maroochydore) and its tributaries, which drain about 400 km2 of undulating hills in south-east Queensland. The catchment extends about 22 km inland, with broad, low-lying land and swamps lying along a coastal strip and floodplain area extending 8 km inland of Coolum.
The Maroochy River has two main arms, the North and South Maroochy River, which join at about the tidal limit 24 km upstream from the mouth. Two large tributaries, Petrie Creek (with its major tributary Paynter Creek) and Eudlo Creek enter the river about 5 km from the mouth. Coolum, Doonan and Yandina creeks drain the low-lying areas in the north-eastern parts of the catchment.
A total of 211 subsections were identified within the study area, of which 191 were surveyed. Within these, 192 sites were identified, 185 of which were ‘full survey’ sites and 7 were ‘photograph only’. Nineteen were estuarine sites.
State of the Rivers report
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Last updated 28 September 2009