Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Cawarral Creek

Cawarral Creek

Cawarral Creek


Cawarral and Coorooman creeks, 10 km south of Emu Park, 45 km east of Rockhampton.

Plan number

FHA-050 (PDF, 337.7KB)  Revision 1


3,130 ha

Management level


Declaration dates

9 December 1994 (original declaration)
19 December 2003 (redeclared to clarify boundaries)
11 November 2011 (revised to add adjoining fish habitats)

Local government

Livingstone Shire Council

Management features

Protection of high quality unimpacted estuarine fisheries habitat; protection of fish spawning, nursery and grow-out habitat.

Habitat values

Tidal creeks dominated by Rhizophora, with patchy Avicennia and Ceriops; estuary dominated by saltmarsh and intertidal flats; rocky structures; undercut and overhanging waterway banks; marine and freshwater swamps and lagoons; sand and pebble beaches.

Fisheries values

One of two major destinations for recreational fishers on Capricorn Coast; Indigenous fishing; barramundi, blue salmon, bream, estuary cod, flathead, grey mackerel, grunter, jewfish, king salmon, mangrove jack, queenfish, sea mullet, school mackerel, whiting, mud crab, banana prawns.

Other values

None presently identified.


Further References

Jupp RY, 2013, Cawarral Creek Declared Fish Habitat Area: Assessment report (PDF, 1.9MB) Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Richardson, D & Jones, C 2015, Assessment of sub-tidal habitats at Cawarral Creek, Calliope River and Balaclava Island – Final Report (PDF, 711.6KB) , BMT WBM Pty Ltd (Executive Summary – full report can be obtained by emailing