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Today the river glowed, the sky was tinged with gold.
The beautiful Maroochy River system is one of the Sunshine Coast’s best kept secrets from the majestic river mouth to the twisting turns of the upper river and the serene beauty of the extensive mangroves with an abundance of fish and wildlife. On joining one of our your jet ski River tours your tour guide will lead you on a unforgettable journey along the magnificent Maroochy River.
The Maroochy river is in South East Queensland, Australia. The river rises from the eastern slopes of the Blackall range and flows east through Eumundi before entering the sea at Maroochydore. The Maroochy river and it’s tributers, cover around 400 km2. The catchment extends about 22 km inland, with broad, low-lying land and swamps lying along a coastal strip and floodplain area extending 8 km inland of Coolum. The Maroochy river has two main arms, the north and south Maroochy river, which join up about 24 km upstream from the mouth. Tributers of the river include Petrie creek and it’s major tributary Paynter Creek, Eudlo creek, Coolum creek, Doonan creek and Yandina creek.
The Maroochy area is a subtropical biodiversity hot spot with over 60 types of regional ecosystems. Coolum creek and the middle and lower Maroochy river estuary are clothed in dense mangrove, paperbark and casuarina forest. Mangrove fern grows abundantly along the river and creeks and the native hibiscus or cotton tree with their vibrant yellow flowers commonly grow alongside them.
The Aboriginal people of the Gubbi Gubbi language were the first inhabitants of the Maroochy district. They consisted of a number of tribes including the Dallambara, Undanbi, Gubbi Gubbi and Nalbo.These tribes built a number of permanent huts from wattle trees and hunted the ranges for kangaroos, possums,echidnas,lizards,snakes and birds. They fished the rivers and gathered seafood from the ocean which provided them with a bounty of dugong, fish and shellfish, for some say as many as 20,000 years. Every third year, hundreds of Aboriginal people travelled on foot to the Blackall Range for initiation ceromonies, exchanging goods, feasting on Bunya nuts and unifying their culture. Dancing and song would ensue with tribes coming together to talk through their problems and arrange marriages betwwen tribes.
The landforms of the district featured in an Aboriginal Myth.
The dream time story of the love affair between Maroochy and Coolum.
Many years ago, in the dreamtime, a beautiful Aboriginal girl named Maroochy was loved by another of her tribe, Coolum, a young warrior whose union to Maroochy had the approval of the Elders. On day a mighty warrior named Ninderry, who belonged to a fierce and warlike tribe, stole Maroochy while Coolum was out hunting.
When the sun rose the next morning, Ninderry woke to discover that Maroochy had escaped. Ninderry flew into a mighty rage, incensed all the more when he found tracks that Coolum had left as he aided Maroochy;s escape. Ninderry immediately set out after the fleeying young lovers, Coolum and Maroochy. When Ninderry caught sight of them he threw a huge nulla (club) at Coolum. The nulla knocked off Coolum’s head which rolled into the sea and became Mudjimba island. Coolum’s headless body turned into stone and became Mount Coolum.
Beeral, the spirit God, had been watching these events from his crystal throne in the sky and was deeply incensed by Ninderry’s foul deed, and struck down and turned him into stone and he became Mount Ninderry. After all, Coolum and Maroochy’s union had the sanction of their Elders and would have been respected.
Filled with sorrow at the loss of her beloved Coolum, Maroochy fled to the Blackall ranges where she wept so much that her tears flowed down the mountain range and became the Maroochy river. Eventually Maroochy decided she wanted to find Coolum’s spirit that had gone out of his body, and so that she could search for it, she changed herself into a swan. She still goes up and down the river and flies to swamps and lakes in her search,and so do her children and their children.
The Maroochy river today reflects the mysteries of the land and mountains surrounding it.The catchment mountains are easily seen from the reaches of the river-Buderim mountain to the south, Blackall range to the west, mount Nindery and mount coolum to the north, all distinctive and beautiful features, providing approximately 440 square kilometers of catchment to the Maroochy river.
The Coastal river estuary has a high conservation value as it is recognised as South East Queenslands only largely undisturbed estuary with the best developed and most extensive mangrove community, containing 66% of the total estuarine mangrove forests in South East Queensland.
Within it’s reaches this most special river supports an astounding biodiversity of life. Boasting at least 120 species of birds, those found in mangroves to open rainforests. These include the Whimbrel, Kingfishers, the Eastern Curlew, Bartailed Godwit,Ducks,Herons,Thornbills, Doves, Stilts, Whipbirds,Terns, Sandpippers,Plovers, Honeyeaters Pelicans and Bitterns.
The river wetlands supports the nurseries of approximately 75% of marine life being prawns,crabs and fish, Whiting,mullet,bream,flathead,mangrove jacks and school jew to name a few.Countless reptiles laze along the river edge. Water dragons, lace monitors and snakes. Swamp wallabies, whip tail wallabies and grey kangaroos spend the cooler moths feeding and sleeping along the riverbanks.