Twin Waters Mangroves at sunset

Twin Waters Mangroves at sunset

Waterways and wetlands

Waterways and wetlands are our rivers, canals, lakes and water bodies.

The Sunshine Coast features many natural waterways and wetlands, as well as man-made channels, canals and lakes.

Our region has catchments of five major waterways: the Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers, the upper Mary and Stanley Rivers and the Pumicestone Passage. They support a wide range of habitats, including:

  • Estuaries and freshwater pools and riffles, and
  • Wallum, paperbark and sedge wetlands.

Waterways and wetlands provide homes for our aquatic animals, for example, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, water birds, frogs, turtles and aquatic mammals. Our habitats provide for 8 plants and 21 animals that are rare and threatened aquatic species.

They also support streamside - riparian areas. Riparian areas are important as they filter pollutants. Their vegetation also helps to reduce erosion and give shade for water-based habitats.

Waterways and wetlands are great for swimming, boating and fishing. Residents and visitors can also enjoy walking or cycling on foreshores.

Related projects


Wetlands to be restored and protected

Council has secured 120 hectares of land in the Blue Heart for restoration and conservation of wetlands for habitat, a healthier Maroochy River and a place to connect to nature.


The Environment and Liveability Strategy Refresh Project 2023

New inclusions for the Sunshine Coast’s blueprint setting the future for our environment and liveability.


The sustainability projects defining Sunshine Coast’s future

The Environment and Liveability Strategy Annual Report 2022/23.

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