Pumicestone Passage Catchment

 Pumicestone passage

The Pumicestone Passage catchment receives freshwater inflows from a network of streams including Elimbah, Ningi, Bullock, Bells, Mellum, Coochin, Coonowrin, Tibrogargan, and Hussey Creeks. These drain eastward from the D'Aguilar Range and the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains.

The passage separates Bribie Island from the mainland and is a long, tidal waterway influenced primarily by tidal flushing of the southern passage from Deception Bay. Approximately 80% of the passage is less than 2 metres deep.

Due to environmental diversity, including seagrass meadows, sand islands, mud flats, mangroves and significant species such as turtles, dugongs and migratory shorebirds, the Pumicestone Passage is part of the Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay Marine Park. It is also a declared fish habitat area and a high ecological value waterway under State legislation

The passage is also a regional aquatic playground, presenting opportunities such as boating, paddling, fishing and swimming, which attract thousands of locals and visitors each year.  


View a map of the Pumicestone Passage Catchment map [PDF 530KB]

Statistics and facts

  • 785 square kilometres total catchment area 
  • 42% within Moreton Bay Regional Council region (58% within Sunshine Coast Council region)
  • 45 kilometres from end to end by boat
  • Population of 61 000 in urban areas
  • Major industries include forestry and other primary production including pineapples, strawberries,turf and tree cropping.

Catchment management

In response to recent declines in water quality, loss of wildlife habitat and high population growth within the catchment, Moreton Bay Regional Council. Sunshine Coast Council, and more than 30 stakeholders recently worked together to develop the Pumicestone Passage and Catchment Action Plan 2013 - 2016 [PDF 2.4MB].

The Action Plan features 41 actions [PDF 35KB] to be completed over a three-year period, to address current key issues. In addition, the group of stakeholders (the Pumicestone Catchment Network) will continue to work together to build on the work in this initial plan.

The achievements to date have been outlined in a progress report titled Implementing the Pumicestone Passage and Catchment Action Plan 2013-2016 [PDF 5MB].

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