Brisbane River

Goodwill Bridge and CityCat

The Brisbane River rises in the southeastern part of the Australian state of Queensland and flows through the capital, Brisbane, before emptying into Moreton Bay.

  • 2.1 Discovery and naming
  • 2.2 floods



The river rises on the slopes of Mount Stanley, about 45 km east of the town of Kingaroy and flows to the southeast. North of Harlin he crosses the D' Aguilar Highway and is about 20 km to the Lake Wivenhoe, which was created by the Wivenhoe Dam ( ⊙ -27.394102152.60799965 ). The reservoir is the main source of water Brisbane. At its southeast end of the Brisbane River leaves the lake and continues on his way to the southeast to Ipswich. There he spent his run to the northeast, flows through the city Brisbane in many meanders and flows alongside the city's airport in the Moreton Bay, an inlet of the South Pacific.

Tributaries with muzzle heights

  • Cooyar Creek - 143 m
  • Monsildale Creek - 122 m
  • Emu Creek - 99 m
  • Cressbrook Creek - 75 m
  • Lagoon Creek - 70 m
  • Stanley River - 65 m
  • Coal Creek - 65 m
  • Esk Creek - 65 m
  • Sandy Creek - 65 m
  • Paddy Gully - 65 m
  • Middle Creek - 65 m
  • Northbrook Creek - 65 m
  • Logan Creek - 65 m
  • Spring Creek - 36 m
  • Lockyer Creek - 31 m
  • England Creek - 29 m
  • Black Snake Creek - 29 m
  • Branch Creek - 24 m
  • Moggill Creek - 7 m
  • Woogaroo Creek - 6 m
  • Bremer River - 4 m
  • Oxley Creek - 2 m
  • Norman Creek - 1 m
  • Enoggera ( Breakfast ) Creek - 0 m
  • Bulimba Creek - 0 m

Flowed through reservoirs

  • Lake Wivenhoe - 65 m


Currently run 12 major bridges, including the Story Bridge and the Gateway Bridge over the Brisbane River.


Discovery and naming

1823 named the explorer John Oxley the river after Sir Thomas Brisbane, the then Governor of New South Wales.


On the banks of the Brisbane River, with periodic flooding. Since the establishment of the Wivenhoe dam on the upper reaches of the river this occur, however, not as often and to a lesser extent.

On 14 January 1841, highest ever water level was measured. In February 1893, several people lost their lives during a series of floods. The largest such disaster in the 20th century met Brisbane on 27 January 1974.

In January 2011, it came in the catchment area to flooding along the river course due to heavy rainfall.

Environmental issues

Under the aspect of the environment has the river for many years in poor condition. The cause of the environmental impact is mainly in the waste water, having a large amount of nutrients, hydrocarbons, pesticides and bacteria. These pollutants accumulate in the river water and are deposited in the form of sediments from. Also striking is the dark coloring of the river. It is not recommended to swim in it.

In the past, the river bed has been repeatedly dredged to make the river navigable for ships. The result was that the turbidity of the water increased, erosion began and changes were made to the flood hydraulics. After removing a clayey sediment in the Brisbane River, which was not washed away formed. In September 1997, the government halted the dredging of the river in order to avoid in the future associated environmental damage.