About Baffle Creek
Well might you think "Baffle Creek" a mere tributary, a stream or an intermittent flow of water into a river? Then, youd be mistaken! Baffle Creek is a major river system.
The picture below was taken at the mouth of Baffle Creek (More info below).
The Baffle, known locally, is over 2 kilometers at its widest, has a tidal reach of 35 kilometers and is about 120 kilometers in length. Not least, inclusive of its many tributaries Baffle Creek has a catchment area of approximately 3000 kilometres square. This accounts for a mean annual flow into the sea of 530,000 megalitres. In times of flood, the floodwaters have been recorded, at Lowmead, 20 metres above the riverbed.
Why Baffle Creek was named a creek, Id really like to know! I wonder, has it to do with the age-old Aussie tendency to understate the situation? Although, stories are getting around that Captain Cook, as he sailed along the coast in 1770, had a hand in the naming of Baffle Creek. It is said a party of men were sent upstream to find fresh water, they couldn't and therefore were "Baffled".
Baffle Creek is located on the subtropical east coast of Australia, specifically, South East Queensland between Bundaberg (to the south) and Gladstone (to the north). The Baffle is a naturally flowing river system discharging into the Coral Sea at the southernmost point of The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Baffle Creek is considered a Wild River with near pristine status, in part, due to its natural flows. This is due to the absence of weirs and dams that hold back flows, preventing migration and breeding of many marine and aquatic organisms. Among our nations river systems 30% are considered in some way modified with 11% of these severely modified. Baffle Creek is one of very few near pristine estuarine rivers in South East Queensland.
The Baffle Creek catchment supports great diversity of terrestrial flora and fauna species, including a number of threatened and endangered species. Bird diversity is particularly obvious along the river including the numerous freshwater wetlands alongside the river. Additionally, aquatic and marine species are equally diverse and in abundance. This is the main reason visitors arrive at Baffle Creek, for the fishing, to catch the elusive "Barra", "Jack", Mudcrabs and Prawns, not forgetting the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the region!
If youre lucky you might just see Dolphin, Dugong and certainly Turtle while youre seeking out Barramundi or Mangrove Jack - so lookout. View a Map of the Baffle Creek Region.
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