Railway Bridge over the Caboolture River, 1907
|Region||South East Queensland|
|Municipality||Moreton Bay Region|
|Basin||468 km2 (181 sq mi)|
|Wikimedia Commons: Caboolture River|
The catchment covers 468 km². There are no dams on the waterway, except for a weir and the only major crossing is the Bruce Highway bridge. The Caboolture River is tidal for 19 km upstream to the Caboolture Weir. At the river mouth a sand bar reduces the impact of tidal energy.
Because of the numerous shoals at its mouth the explorer John Oxley originally named the waterway the Deception River in 1823. The Caboolture River has been used to transport red cedar timber via raft from Mount Mee to Deception Bay.
Increased urbanisation in the catchment is posing a significant environmental threat to the river, particularly land clearing which is fragmenting pockets of forest. In the upper reaches this has led to stormwater and sewerage runoff that has created significant nutrient and sediment loads. Except for mangrove forests near the river's mouth most of the riparian vegetation has been cleared. An upgrade at the Caboolture Sewerage Treatment plant has reduced some pollution impacts.
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- "Caboolture River Brochure" (pdf). Care For Our Catchments Series. Caboolture Shire Council. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
- Dennison, William C.; Eva G. Abal (1999). Moreton Bay Study: A Scientific Basis for the Healthy Waterways Campaign. Brisbane: South East Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy Team. pp. 182—183. ISBN 0-9586368-1-8.
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