Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay lies at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area. The bay itself is cup shaped with the stem formed by the Great Sandy Straits passage estuary system.

Fraser Island borders the eastern side of the bay extending southward to Tin Can Inlet. Hervey Bay City lies at the convergence of the bay with the Great Sandy Straits.

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Hervey Bay Mangrove Watch Node Survey Area

Mary River from upstream

The Mary River (Qld) catchment is located south of Hervey Bay. The Mary river is different to most major rivers entering the Great Barrier Reef in that it flows mainly in a northerly direction, rather than easterly, flowing through Gympie and Maryborough before entering the ocean west of Fraser Island. Beef cattle grazing was the most common agricultural activity with small amounts of sugar cane growing, broadacre cropping and horticulture also present. Land is used mainly for agricultural production covers 38% of the catchment. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Rivers, Creeks and Estuaries in the Hervey Bay region surveyed for Mangrove Watch include:

  • Beelbi Creek
  • Eli Creek
  • Susan River

Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure