Burnett River

The Burnett River is a river in central Queensland, Australia that empties into the Pacific Ocean near the city of Bundaberg. The river rises close to Mount Gaeta, east of Monto, flowing in a general southerly direction past Eidsvold and Mundubbera.

Downstream of Mundubbera, the river swings east, going through the townships of Gayndah and Wallaville before entering the city of Bundaberg. The river flows into the ocean at Burnett Heads, roughly 20 km from Bundaberg.

The river is named after James Charles Burnett, the explorer who discovered it in 1847. Source: Wikipedia

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Bundaberg Mangrove Watch Survey Region

Burnett River from upstream

The Burnett River is one of the major catchments flowing into the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is the largest within the Burnett-Mary region. The Burnett is also the primary river system within the Burnett Basin. This large system has been extensively modified by urban, agricultural and industrial development.

The primary landuse within the Burnett River catchment is grazing comprising 78% of the catchment. The majority of grazing land is located in the upper catchment and utilises cleared and uncleared grassland and natural vegetation. The Burnett catchment also includes the city of Bundaberg and surrounding townships. As such 7.6% of the catchment is classified urban. Irrigated cropping, such as sugar and fruit and vegetable production, is also a key component of the catchment. Although only 2% of the catchment is dedicated to cropping, this figure represents a significantly large area due to the overall size of the catchment. The majority of cropping occurs within the lower catchment.

Rivers, Creeks and Estuaries in the Bundaberg region surveyed for Mangrove Watch include:

  • Burnett River
  • Coonarr Creek
  • Elliot River

Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure