Brisbane Water

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2009)
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Area: 2,277 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 medium very unfavourable low
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Site description
The IBA consists of the southern section of Brisbane Water, a large estuarine lake. It includes the foreshore, mangroves, saltmarsh and flat coastal land around Kincumber Broadwater, Cockle Channel and Linten Channel. It also includes the Swamp Mahogany forests around Kincumber South, Bensville and Empire Bay.

Key biodiversity
Largest colony of Australian Pelican in NSW; about 400-500 pairs; active year-round. 12-14 pairs of Pied Oystercatcher. Small numbers of Eastern Curlew (max 55), Bar-tailed Godwit (max 60), Whimbrel (max 35) and Grey-tailed Tattler (max 20). Two records of the restricted-range Green Catbird from 1998 to 2008 (Atlas of Australian Birds database).

Non-bird biodiversity: The threatened Fawn-footed Melomys and Yellow-bellied Glider occur in the swamp forest.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Brisbane Water. Downloaded from on 22/09/2019.