Dee River (Queensland)

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Dee River
Origin Razorback Range
Mouth Confluence with the Don River
Basin countries Australia
Location Central Queensland
Length 96.7 km (60.1 mi)
River system Fitzroy River (Queensland)
Left tributaries Limestone Creek, Horse Creek, Hamilton Creek, Nine Mile Creek
Right tributaries Boulder Creek, Oaky Creek, Pruce Creek

The Dee River is a river in Central Queensland, Australia. The Dee is a tributary of the Dawson River, itself a tributary of the Fitzroy River. The mining town of Mount Morgan is located on the river. It is crossed by the Burnett Highway a number of times.

The Dee River rises in the Razorback Range south of Bouldercombe Gorge Resources Reserve near Bouldercombe. Tributaries include Limestone Creek, Horse Creek, Hamilton Creek and Nine Mile Creek on the left while Boulder Creek, Oaky Creek and Pruce Creek enter from the right. The Dee River joins the Don River near Rannes.

The largest dam on the river is Number 7 Dam, built for the Mount Morgan Mine.

Mine pit[edit]

In January 2013, the mine pit overflowed for the first time ever.[1] 700 mm of rain fell after ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald resulted in the 2013 Eastern Australia floods. Towards the end of February the dam was still spilling acid and heavy metals into the river.[1] Concerns regarding the discolouration of the river's water and fears of contamination causing irreversible damage to the river were raised in mid-2011.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ian Townsend (14 February 2013). "Queensland's toxic Dee River reveals national mine waste problem". ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Contamination fears for Dee River". Australian Mining. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

Coordinates: 24°06′S 150°08′E / 24.100°S 150.133°E / -24.100; 150.133