Valley of Lagoons DOIW
The site is a complex continuous aggregation of spring fed, permanent and seasonal wetlands at the headwaters of the Burdekin River. It is formed largely by the damming up of drainage lines against a basalt flow. The catchment is part of the primary catchment of the Burdekin River. 18 degrees 39' 53" S, 145 degrees 04' 27" E; the site extends c. 19 km in a northeast-southwest direction and is c. 6 km across at its widest point, with its centre c. 35 km north northeast of Greenvale.
The aggregation is a large, unique and biologically rich wetland. It constitutes an outstanding geological phenomenon with high aesthetic value. It is a particularly good example of a wetland complex in the headwaters of the Burdekin River. The site provides a diversity of habitats for waterbirds, a dry season refuge, and is on a migration route to the southwest of Cape York Peninsula.
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