A catchment is an area with a natural boundary, such as ridges, hills, or mountains. The Gold Coast hinterland forms a natural boundary for most of our catchments. Within each catchment, surface water drains to a common channel to form rivers or creeks that flow through a range of natural environments and land uses until they reach our coastal water environments.
Gold Coast catchments include:
The Albert River marks the border with City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Council.
The Broadwater is an important recreational water environment and an economic resource for many residents and visitors to the Gold Coast. The water courses of the Nerang, Coomera, Pimpama and Albert Rivers discharge into the Broadwater and Moreton Bay.
Coombabah Creek, Coombabah Lake, Saltwater Creek and their respective catchments fall within the Coombabah Catchment area.
The Coomera River catchment lies within the northern part of the Gold Coast and extends into the eastern region of Scenic Rim Council.
The Currumbin Creek catchment is situated directly adjacent to the New South Wales border. The catchment extends from Mt Cougal National Park and the McPherson Range in the west, to Currumbin Rocks and the Pacific Ocean in the east.
The Nerang River catchment is the largest and most significant river system on the Gold Coast. Its upper reaches in the McPherson Range and Springbrook Plateau deliver flows through significant rural areas.
Information on the Pacific Beaches Catchment (including Flat Rock and Coolangatta Creek).
The Pimpama River catchment is situated in the corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and is part of a green belt connecting Moreton Bay with hinterland areas.
The Tallebudgera Creek Catchment extends from the Springbrook plateau in the west, to the Pacific Ocean in the east.