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Today the river glowed, the sky was tinged with gold.
There is something magical about being out on the river at this time of day.
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.