Waterways and wetlands

Running through our landscape like veins, our creeks, rivers, underground aquifers and wetlands provide lifeblood for our Region. Fresh water is what allows our industries and communities, and our wildlife to thrive.

With over 20,000km of waterways including six major river systems that comprise the largest catchment (the Fitzroy Basin) draining into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Over 4,800 gigalitres flows from the mouth of the Fitzroy River into the ocean each year – that’s enough water to fill about 444 Olympic sized swimming pools. Even more fresh water enters our coastal and marine areas via six coastal catchments.

Learn more about:

Australian wetlands

Comprehensive resources to explore and explain Australia’s wetlands.

CQ freshwater rivers and wetlands

Trends and pressures impacting these areas and their importance in the Fitzroy Region.

CQ groundwater

Trends and pressures impacting groundwater, and its importance in the Fitzroy Region.

Fitzroy Basin waterway health

Annual condition reports on the state of waterways in the Fitzroy Basin.

Rivers and wetlands in the region

Maps, stats and facts to explore and explain Fitzroy region’s freshwater environments.

Wetland Info

Comprehensive maps, stats, locations and types of wetlands in the Fitzroy region.

Walk the Landscape - Calliope

Stories, facts and interactive maps of the Calliope Catchment, including waterways and wetlands.

Walk the Landscape - Lower Fitzroy

Stories, facts and interactive maps of the Lower Fitzroy Catchment, including waterways and wetlands.

Regional NRM news and stories about our waterways and wetlands:

How does erosion impact the reef?

Posted on August 8th, 2019

The river system which divides Rockhampton into north and south […]

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Drain Buddies installed across Yeppoon, Gladstone and Rockhampton

Posted on July 15th, 2019

Humans are responsible for 100% of marine debris, and locally, […]

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Can better grazing practices really improve water quality on the Reef?

Posted on June 20th, 2019

Graziers across the Fitzroy are working hard to better their […]

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