Rivers & Creeks

The Noosa River is one of three river catchments located within or partly within the Noosa Shire Council area.

The Noosa River flows south from the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park into Laguna Bay. It is fed by springs that drain major sand deposits and is one of the few Queensland Rivers with a continuous year-round freshwater inflow.

A number of the Mary River tributaries are located in the hinterland regions of Noosa Shire. Six Mile Creek is the largest of these and Lake Macdonald is the impounded reservoir of the Six Mile Creek Dam which forms part of South East Queensland's drinking water supply. These creeks flow into the Mary River and north to Hervey Bay.

Tributaries of the Maroochy River catchment are found in the southern parts of the Shire near Lake Weyba. These are the headwaters of Doonan Creek and the northern arm of Stumers Creek. Both these creeks flow south from the Noosa border.

Statistics and Facts

River and Creek Health

More about Noosa River System 

Management of the Noosa River

Topic Management Agency Contact Details
  • Non-compliance of Noosa River Marine Zones e.g. private Jet Skis, hovercraft, airboats and seaplanes
  • Exclusion Zone – Noosa North Shore Migratory shorebird habitat Complaints about 4WD, horses and dogs accessing this area.
  • Guidelines for the Establishment of New Businesses on the Noosa River.
  • Commercial jetty lease complaints
  • River foreshore hazards
  • Litter hotspots
Noosa Council Customer Service Centre
(07) 5329 6500 (including After Hours emergencies)
  • Injured, sick or orphaned wildlife
  • Marine animal strandings


(1300 264 625)


  • Applications for buoy moorings
  • Maintains aids to navigation and marine signage
  • Undertakes related education with industry and community groups
  • Administers and enforces the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 and Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 2004, and the regulations

Maritime Safety QLD

Mooloolaba office
General enquires (business hours)
(07) 5373 2310

After hours incident reporting:
(07) 3305 1700

  • Commercial Vessel Certification, licencing and compliance for DCVs as from July 1, 2018
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) National Regulator for Domestic Commercial Vessels (DCV)  
  • Applications for living on board approvals
  • Complaints about living on board vessels
  • Complaints about anchoring within 30m of a structure
  • Complaints about construction and works on watercraft
  • Administers the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994, and Waterways Regulation 2012
TMR Boat Harbour Team (Mooloolaba) boatharbours@tmr.qld.gov.au
  • Enforces fisheries and boating safety laws through surveillance and inspection, as well as undertaking related education with industry and community groups
  • Implements and enforces compliance to Queensland's fishing rules and regulations
  • Managing compliance in Queensland's fisheries (PDF 1.3MB) outlines how they achieve optimal compliance

QLD Boating & Fisheries Patrol

Tewantin office
(07) 5449 7555

  • Commercial Jetty Leases/Renewals

Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy

State Land Asset Management
(07) 5451 2245

Note: If logging a complaint please provide sufficient details of the offence for the relevant management agency to take appropriate action. This includes the registration number of boat or trailer, date, time, location and photographic evidence.