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:

Related news

National Volunteer Week 2020

Posted on May 25th, 2020

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration that acknowledges the […]

Read More

Team Turtle CQ – 2019-2020 Season Snapshot

Posted on April 21st, 2020

Marine hatchling season has ended and Team Turtle CQ volunteers […]

Read More

Open the Gate forum brings global knowledge to Rockhampton

Posted on March 16th, 2020

Headlining names in soil health and grazing land management drew […]

Read More

Related resources

Paddock to Reef Flyer

Posted on June 8th, 2020

Read More

Fitzroy Region – Understand Your Flood Risk

Posted on April 30th, 2020

Read More

Totally Wild – S23 Ep. 153

Posted on February 17th, 2020

Read More

See all Resources