Skip links and keyboard navigation

WetlandInfo—your first-stop-shop for wetland management resources in Queensland

WetlandSummary—facts and maps

Find wetland information for regions of Queensland.

WetlandSummary provides:

  • interactive maps and maps for download
  • summaries of wetland relevant information

  • management guides
  • case studies
  • relevant legislation

Get mapping help or Use WetlandMaps

Take the WetlandInfo website tour

What's new World Wetlands Day 2021?

Read the full newsletter (with pages links) or subscribe.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. This year’s theme is “Wetlands and Water”, with ‘Water, wetlands and life – inseparable’, highlighting the vital ecological role of wetlands. This year, the day marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Convention of Wetlands of International Importance – the Ramsar Convention.

New pages and tools

Updates to pages, data or tools

Additional links

We value your input and feedback so please email us your comments, wetland information and links or that wetland question you just can't answer.

Wonderful wetlands

Download the Queensland’s wonderful wetlands brochure or poster

Wetlands are important for our environment, economy and our livelihoods. They have many functions from reducing floods to producing clean water and food for humans, industry and agriculture. They provide important habitat for many animals and plants. Wetlands are the great ‘connectors’ across our landscape providing places for our enjoyment and relaxation. Regardless of whether you are doing a school or uni assignment, managing a wetland or undertaking research, you will find a wealth of information here on WetlandInfo. Read more…

WetlandInfo feature species

Australian pied oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)

Photo by Micha V. Jackson

Our World Wetland Day feature species is the Australian pied oystercatcher (oystercatcher). This species is part of a group of birds called shorebirds. Shorebirds, also known as waders, gather in intertidal areas or on the fringes of freshwater wetlands. They generally have long legs in relation to their body size, no webbing on their feet and they don't swim. The shape and size of their bill gives a clue to their preferred diet and habitat. 

Inhabiting sandy beaches and mud flats, oystercatchers are typically seen probing the sand or mud with their long bills in search of sandworms, molluscs or crabs, sometimes hammering at their shells. Or they may be seen roosting at high tide, sometimes with other species, such as gulls, cormorants, waterfowl or other shorebirds.

Additional information

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment and Science