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Protecting catchments

Discover how we're protecting our catchments, and how you can play your part.

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Protecting catchments

Gold Coast hinterland creek

Our Gold Coast catchments feed into a variety of water environments that not only support diverse ecosystems, but also the livelihoods and lifestyles of Gold Coast residents and visitors.

It is important that we value, protect and restore these catchments and waterways to ensure they continue to provide a healthy and sustainable future for our ecosystems, the community and the economy.

Find out more about our catchments below.

What is a catchment?

A catchment is an area with a natural boundary (for example ridges, hills or mountains) where all surface water drains to a common channel to form rivers or creeks. Larger catchments are made up of smaller catchments, which form tributaries to the main watercourse within the catchment.

The Gold Coast consists of large and small catchments hosting a range of water environments, including groundwater reserves, creeks and rivers, lakes and wetlands, all of which eventually flow into the ocean. The Gold Coast hinterland forms a natural boundary for most of these catchments, which provide diverse aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and feature fresh water springs, pristine fast flowing streams and waterfalls.

These streams and waterfalls ultimately develop into the creeks and rivers that flow towards the coastline through a range of semi-rural areas and mixed urbanised settings until they reach our coastal water environments. These include the Broadwater and other estuaries, with their stands of mangrove and salt marsh, as well as the city’s vast network of constructed lakes, wetlands and canals.

Gold Coast catchment areas

Monitoring our waterways

The City responds to issues which require investigation including:

The identification of potential issues is aided by the involvement of the community who act as citizen surveyors having eyes and ears on the ground. For more information on waterway health or to report a waterway issue contact the City's Catchment Management Unit on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211, or by emailing

City of Gold Coast Waterway Project

The City’s initiatives to improve the health of our waterways include:

Help improve the health of our catchments

We all live in a catchment, so can all play a part in protecting our water environments. What we do in our homes, backyards and rural properties makes a difference to the health of our catchments and their waterways, which ultimately flow into the ocean. Water really is everyone’s business.

Find out how you can play an active part in improving the health of our catchments and aquatic ecosystems by visiting the Watergum website.

More information

For further information and advice contact our Catchment Management Unit on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or
07 5582 8211.

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