Keelbottom Creek Wetlands

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This creek arises in the rainforest-covered mountains of the Paluma Range, thus providing it with regular wet season flushes of good quality water. The creek system contains a wide variety of habitats as it progresses from rainforest through gorges to savanna rangelands. Most of the upper catchment is either within pristine rainforest or a military training area, enabling a generally good condition to be maintained, although riparian weeds are common in the lower reaches. The water quality and habitat characteristics of this river have been reasonably well studied.

Keelbottom Creek Wetlands Condition Summary

Sources of data and definitions

ID No. Name Type Permanency of inundation Flushing frequency / flow No of water bodies Prop of water bodies Description
1 Upper Keelbottom Riv Permanent Semi Perm Many VH High slope rainforest stream, rocky, part NP
2 Lower Keelbottom Riv Permanent Seasonal Many M Wide sandy lowland river with large waterholes
3 Speed Creek Riv Intermittent Ephemeral Few VL Minor springs
4 Lower Keelbottom trib. Riv Intermittent Ephemeral Few VL Sandy creekbeds

No. Water Quality Aquatic habitat Values Degree of confidence
Departure from natural Functionality Departure from natural Functionality
1 1 1 1 2 2 2
2 2 2 2 2 3 2
3 2 2 2 2 4 2
4 2 2 2 2 4 2


Related information

Location of Keelbottom Creek Wetlands
Location of Keelbottom Creek Wetlands

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