What a beautiful ending to a gorgeous day on the Maroochy river.
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There is something magical about being out on the river at this time of day.
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 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.