Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Burrum

Intertidal sand flats at Burrum Heads

Intertidal sand flats at Burrum Heads


Burrum River and tributaries including coastal foreshore outside river mouth, 40 km north-west of Maryborough.

Plan number

FHA-029 Revision 1 (PDF, 2.0MB)


4,407 ha
3,343 ha management A
1,064 ha management B

Management level

A and B

Declaration dates

10 May 1986 (original declarations)

19 December 2003 (redeclared, combining Burrum-Isis, Gregory, Cherwell-Burrum, and northern part of Burrum-Toogoom FHAs)

11 December 2015 (redeclared to revoke 2.2 hectare area at Burrum Heads for a new public boat ramp)

Local government

Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council

Management features

Management B areas form wetlands buffer zone from regional and rural development for the management A areas; protection of Burrum, Cherwell, Gregory and Isis River fish habitats.

Habitat values

Closed Avicennia, Aegialitis, Rhizophora and Avicennia with patches of low Ceriops; saltmarsh and seagrass areas; intertidal sand flat and shallow littoral areas.

Fisheries values

Conservation of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing grounds; inshore nursery area for fish and crustaceans; barramundi; bream; estuary cod; flathead; garfish; grey mackerel; mangrove jack; sea mullet; school mackerel; tailor; whiting; anguillid eels; luderick; banana prawns; king prawns; mud crabs.

Other values

Dugong feeding grounds.