Wetlands of Queensland

Wetlands of Queensland


Posted 2023-06-22 by Rachel Timminsfollow

Thu 01 Jun 2023 - Tue 14 May 2024

is an exhibit of beautiful nature photography on display at the Cobb & Co Museum from 1 June 2023 through to 24 May 2024. Queensland is home to the highest diversity of wetland types in Australia. The Wetlands exhibit of photography comes from the Queensland Museum's 'Discovery Guide'. Featuring the Scenic Rim and Darling Downs, the images are stunning in beauty.

Lignum Swamp (above) is near Mungindi, the photograph is of river floodwater which provides waterbird breeding areas when full.

The Balonne River pictured above in overflow at St George. The river fills floodplains forming a temporary wetland and releases nutrients promoting a variety of growths including algae, phytoplankton and plants, which attract wildlife to the area. Fish, birds and animals include aquatic macroinvertebrates such as frogs.

The wetlands are in the region of the Great Dividing Range separating the Murray-Darling Basin from the southernmost part of the north east coast drainage division.

Visitors will enjoy viewing freshwater lakes, lagoons, floodplain rivers and creeks, swamps, wetlands, streams, waterfalls, dams, artificial water storage all reflecting the highly agricultural character of their regions.

Rich in biodiversity, Queensland wetlands are alive with wildlife which live with the cycles of wetting and drying throughout the seasons. Wetlands are also a source of water, food, medicine and tools to First Nations peoples and centres for their cultural activity.

Regions include: Purling Brook Falls, Rush Creek, Wivenhoe Dam, Warrill Creek, Lignum Swamp, the Balonne River, Queen Mary Falls and Purga Nature Reserve. A variety of topography, functions, forests, rocks, groundwater, climates, floodplains, alluvial deposits as well as recreational activities are represented.

The Purga Nature Reserve near Ipswich is a tea-tree forest in a swampy location. It's a small area listed as critically endangered. The bush house paperbark is a rare species within the reserve.

Photography for is by Queensland Museum 's photography Gary Cranitch, exhibited in partnership with the Department of Environment and Science.

Anyone interested in the environment will love this gorgeous and informative exhibit and encourage their children to come along.

!date 01/06/2023 -- 14/05/2024
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