Norman Creek (Queensland)

Norman Creek is a small tributary of the Brisbane River. The headwaters of the creek are located on the northern slopes of Toohey Mountain and Mount Gravatt in southern Brisbane. The name derives from a corruption of Gorman's Creek, after Lieutenant Gorman, of H. M. 8th Foot - the last commandant at Moreton Bay.[1]

Norman Creek viewed from Norman Park, 2016
RegionSouth East Queensland
Physical characteristics
SourceToohey Mountain
MouthConfluence with the Brisbane River
East Brisbane
Basin features
River systemBrisbane River
  leftSandy Creek (Queensland)
  rightEkibin Creek

Edmund Lockyer named the waterway Norman Creek in 1825.[2]

Drainage in Tarragindi

The creek drains the suburbs of Tarragindi and Holland Park West then flows northwards through Greenslopes, Norman Park and East Brisbane before entering the Brisbane River at Humbug Reach.

The total catchment area is 29.8 km².[2] Coorparoo Creek in Coorparoo is a sub-catchment of Norman Creek. Other sub-catchments include Sandy Creek and Ekibin Creek. There are four significant bridges that cross the creek.

At Stones Corner the tidal part of the creek funnels out into a thin gully. From here south, parts of the creek have been channelised into cement drains.

Invasion by weeds, the dumping of rubbish and in the past, sewage discharges have posed problems for the environmental health of this highly urbanised waterway. Volunteer conservation groups are attempting to redress the problems.

Brisbane City Council (BCC) is currently developing a master plan called "Norman Creek 2026" for the catchment.[3] Community feedback and genuine actioning is critical for the success of the project to be able to deliver a healthy ecosystem.

In March 2011, the BCC announced $14.5 million worth of funding to make the creek more resistant to the threat of flooding and to improve the landscape along its course.[4]

The junction of Sandy and Norman Creeks.

The Eastern Busway at Stones Corner is built over the creek.[5] The Anglican Church Grammar School backs onto the creek.

The construction of floodgates at the mouth of the creek has been suggested by a local emeritus professor, in order to stop flooding of the Brisbane River pushing into the creeks and stormwater drains which flow into Norman Creek.[6]

See also


  1. "Nomenclature of Queensland". The Courier-Mail. 22 June 1936. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  2. "History of Norman Park". Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  3. "Norman Creek 2026 Project". Brisbane City Council. 21 February 2012. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  4. Tony Moore (17 March 2011). "Norman Creek to get a little Seoul". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  5. Tony Moore (29 August 2011). "Few problems on new busway". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  6. Marissa Calligeros (10 February 2011). "Floodgates open for Norman Creek?". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012.

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