The Bulimba Creek Catchment

Overview of Bulimba Creek Catchment

  • 122 square kilometres (10% Brisbane City)
  • 20 of Brisbane’s southern and eastern suburbs
  • Key natural resources:
    16 bushland remnants, 7 freshwater swamplands, 10 significant riparian wetlands.

catchment mapSouth-East Queensland is the fastest growing region in Australia and is also one of the most biodiverse areas of Australia. Brisbane city comprises the Brisbane River and over 30 creek catchments.

Bulimba Creek is located in the eastern and south-eastern areas of Brisbane and generally flows northwards into the Brisbane River. The catchment is impacted by urban development, tree clearing, damaging land uses and weeds. Brisbane hasn’t been planned well; and infrastructure, services and inappropriate land use, including filling and building on flood plains and waterway corridors are problematic.

The Bulimba Creek catchment comprises a complex network of creeks and major tributaries, some of which are unnamed, occupying 122 square kilometres, or about 10% of Brisbane’s area.

The catchment area extends from the southern suburbs of Kuraby and Runcorn, through Mt Gravatt, Mansfield, Carindale and Tingalpa to Hemmant and Murarrie in the north.

The catchment is ringed by significant remnant forest and has extensive areas along the creek corridor that can be restored. It contains 16 bushland remnants, seven freshwater swamplands and 10 significant riparian remnants. Bushland vegetation and wetlands make up about 10% of the catchment.

The upper reaches of the catchment contain undulating hills with narrow valley floors, while the central and downstream reaches feature a wide flat floodplain. Land is currently used for residential, rural-residential, commercial, industrial, recreational and open-space purposes.

Brisbane Catchments Network
The below map shows all the Brisbane Catchment groups, where the Bulimba Catchment sits among them, and which suburbs belong to which catchment. You can type in a suburb to see which catchment it belongs to, enlarge to see more detail or click within a catchment to see its boundary lines.

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