The Mary River is less than half an hours drive to the North of us at Noosaville as it starts its life in the Sunshine Coast and meanders through the Mary Valley eventually reaching Maryborough where it continues on to sea coming out on the mainland near Fraser Island. It is home to 150 rare and threatened plant and animal species including several frogs, Coxen’s fig parrot, the Mary River Turtle and Mary river Cod, Qld Lung Fish, giant spiny crayfish and numerous butterflys. One crocodile has made its way to the Mary River but I believe it was captured and returned to the north.
The Noosa River arises in the ranges of the Great Sandy National Park and meanders through the lake district entering the sea at the Spit at Noosa Heads. This river is a 7 minute walk from where I live and the river is a wonderful peaceful place to be despite this part of the river being popular with boaties, tourists, paddle boarders, swimmers, dog walkers, fishermen and pelicans.
View of the Noosa River from Mt Tinbeerwah.
Weyba Creek is my local river less than a minutes walk from my house. It is a dog leash free area so the river is often full of dogs and humans cooling off. It is a tidal creek and arises from Lake Weyba, a huge lake, and joins the Noosa river before flowing to the sea. At low tide it is possible to walk across to the sand island but at high tide you would have to be prepared to get wet. The channel on the other side of the island is deeper so motorised craft don’t often enter this area of the river. Lake Weyba itself is a very shallow lake which is an important breeding ground for many fish and animals.
The Brisbane River to our south is the river which flows through the capital of Queensland. It is the longest river in South East Queensland arising in Mount Stanley and entering the sea at Moreton Bay. Brisbane has made superb use of the river with a river park in the centre of the city.
In response to Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge