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Albert River Catchment

The Albert River marks the border with City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Council. The river meanders from the headwaters in Lamington National Park, into the Logan River then discharges into southern Moreton Bay. The Southern Albert River Catchment is comprised of a variety of land uses including grazing, crop farming and rural residential areas.

  • total area: 786 square kilometres
  • stream network length: 1691 kilometres
  • local Councils: Scenic Rim Council, City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council
  • dominant land uses: native bush, grazing, intensive agriculture, rural residential
  • the headwaters of the Albert River are in Lamington National Park
  • Albert River joins the Logan River 11.2 kilometres upstream from its mouth.

View a map of the Albert River catchment area on the Albert Catchment Story, a map journal developed by the Queensland Wetlands Program in the Department of Environment and Science, in partnership with local councils, Healthy Land and Water and Gold Coast Waterways.

Albert River catchment river bank

Albert River was named after Prince Albert (1819-61), the consort of Queen Victoria. Like many of the northern catchments in the city, the area was established for farming and loggers searching for valuable timber, but is now mostly dominated by sugar cane plantations, small industry, extractive industries and rural residential properties.

Residential and industry development and land clearing in the catchment have deteriorated the water quality of the Albert River, particularly in its lower reaches. Key environmental issues that face the catchment are:

  • rapid population increase and development
  • altered flow patterns of the river causing active erosion
  • management of the extractive industries
  • invasion of bushland by exotic plants and animals, and
  • deteriorating water quality.

For information on the health of the Nerang River catchment, view its report card at Healthy Land and Water.

To find out more about how you can become involved in caring for your catchment, why not consider volunteering in your catchment? Visit the Watergum website to find out how to get involved.

For further information and advice contact the City's Catchment Management Unit on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211.

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Albert River catchment wide image of the river
Albert River catchment tree lined river bank
Albert River catchment wide image of the flowing river

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