Pine River (Queensland)

The Pine River is a small river in South East Queensland, Australia.

Dohls Rocks Road at Griffin, 2016
Location of the Pine River mouth in Queensland
RegionSouth East Queensland
Physical characteristics
SourceD'Aguilar Range
Source confluenceNorth and South Pine Rivers
  coordinates27°17′15″S 153°00′57″E
  elevation11 m (36 ft)
MouthBramble Bay, Moreton Bay
north of Brighton
27°16′39″S 153°04′35″E
0 m (0 ft)
Length7 km (4.3 mi)
Basin features
  rightBald Hills Creek

The river is formed by the confluence of the North Pine and the South Pine rivers at Lawnton, continuing into Bramble Bay. The Brisway map reference is 440 D10.

Location and features

The Pine River carries the city border between the Moreton Bay Region and City of Brisbane along its middle (continuing up the South Pine River). The northern shoreline follows Pine Rivers suburbs of Murrumba Downs and Griffin, while the southern shoreline follows Brisbane suburbs of Bald Hills and Brighton. The river descends 11 metres (36 ft) over its 7-kilometre (4.3 mi) course.[1] The Bald Hills Creek feeds into the Pine River which create the Bald Hills Creek and Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, a large environmental park covering more than 380 hectares (940 acres). The Pine River and Hays Inlet wetland is significant because of its value to wildlife, especially migratory waders.[2] The Pine River is classified as being 'extensively modified'.[3]

The Pine Rivers Shire draws its name from the Pine, the North Pine and the South Pine rivers.

Flora species

Osprey House boardwalk, 2016
  • Mangrove Species:
    • River mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum),
    • Large-fruited orange mangrove (Bruguiera gymnorhiza),
    • Yellow mangrove (Ceriops tagal),
    • Spotted mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa),
    • Milky mangrove (Exoecaria agallocha),
    • Black mangrove (Lumnitzera racemosa).
  • Eucalypt and mixed woodland species:

The predominant land uses in the catchment area are native bush, grazing, rural residential and urban.[4]

Human uses

Water Supply: North Pine Dam[5] North Pine Dam (Lake Samsonvale) is located on the North Pine River. The storage capacity for water supply is 215,000 megalitres (7,600×10^6 cu ft).

Recreational fishing: Pine river is a popular waterway for recreational fishing. Total estimated recreational catch for Pine River in 1997 was 1,509,755 fish (2.71% of Qld total) from an estimated 141,092 fishing trips (1.31% of Qld total). Estimated catch by top five species included; Whiting 351,799, Bream 230,598, Winter Whiting 203,028, Diver Whiting 190,131, Snapper (Squire) 127,298. (Data for 1999)

A maximum of ten commercial boats fished Pine River in 1999, for a total catch of 21.9 tonnes (21.6 long tons; 24.1 short tons). Pine River is also used for other water based recreation including water skiing and the use of personal water craft.

See also


  1. "Map of Pine River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. "Australian wetlands database". Australian Government. 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  3. "Ozcoasts database". 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  4. "Pine Rivers Catchment and Estuary (2008)". Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  5. "SEQWater's Dams (2002)". Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
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