Don River (North Queensland)
|⁃ location||below Mount Roundhill|
|⁃ elevation||253 m (830 ft)|
|50 m (160 ft)|
|Length||60 km (37 mi)|
|Basin size||1,200 km2 (460 sq mi)|
|⁃ left||Bluff Creek, Humbug Creek, Monte Christo Creek, Boundary Creek (Queensland), Selina Creek|
|⁃ right||Wild Creek, Oaky Creek (Queensland), Spring Creek (Queensland), Simon Creek (Queensland), Ida Creek, Menilden Creek, Grasstree Creek, Police Camp Creek|
|National park||Eungella National Park|
Course and features
The Don River rises in the Clarke Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, below Mount Roundhill and west of Proserpine. The river flows generally north by northeast through the Eungella National Park and is joined by thirteen minor tributaries, towards its mouth and empties into the Coral Sea north of Bowen. With a catchment area of 1,200 square kilometres (460 sq mi), the river descends 253 metres (830 ft) over its 60-kilometre (37 mi) course.
Floods in 2008 left deposits of sand which raised the riverbed considerably. Approval to dredge sand was granted by the Queensland Government however only about half of that has been removed in recent years. A flood in 2008 lead the Whitsunday Regional Council to create a channel so that similar flooding could be avoided.
A management plan for the river was established late in 2008. It included measures to encourage further sand extraction.
- "Map of Don River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "Flood Warning System For The Don River". Bureau of Meteorology. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Water resources - Overview - Queensland: Groundwater Management Unit: Don River". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 15 June 2009. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Bowen council seeks approval to dredge Don River". ABC News. Australia. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Hope for channel to stop Don River flooding". ABC News. Australia. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Govt to invest $1.4m in Don River flood prevention". ABC News. Australia. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
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