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Queensland wetland area by system 2017
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 76,627 100.0% 4.4%
Artificial and highly modified 3,382 4.4% 0.2%
Estuarine 11,630 15.2% 0.7%
Lacustrine 5,487 7.2% 0.3%
Palustrine 31,322 40.9% 1.8%
Riverine 24,806 32.4% 1.4%

There are approximately 125,948 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in Queensland.

Queensland wetland area by habitat 2017
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 76,621.8 100.0% 4.4%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 4,965.8 6.5% 0.3%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 6,664.5 8.7% 0.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 351.8 0.5% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 2,643.9 3.5% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 210.9 0.3% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 824.7 1.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 7.7 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1,108.1 1.4% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 122.3 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 1,884.9 2.5% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lignum swamps 1.7 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 35.1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 106.2 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake 0.6 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 63.8 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 9.7 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 101.4 0.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 530.5 0.7% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 924.6 1.2% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 16,596.8 21.7% 1.0%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 1,269.2 1.7% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 1,347.4 1.8% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 1,211.3 1.6% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 2,209.8 2.9% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 41.1 0.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 265.8 0.3% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 2,184.8 2.9% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 2,739.8 3.6% 0.2%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 13.6 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 1.3 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 3,154.4 4.1% 0.2%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 14.1 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 5.6 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 45.5 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 11.4 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 3.9 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.5 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 4.5 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Riverine 122.8 0.2% 0.0%
Riverine 24,805.7 32.4% 1.4%
UNASSIGNED Palustrine or Lacustrine 0.6 0.0% 0.0%

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wetland extent changes

Queensland wetland extent change by system
System 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2017/pre-clear
percentage
Total 76,627 76,660 76,611 76,568 76,466 * 94.6%
Artificial and highly modified 3,382 3,332 3,267 3,189 3,019 n/a
Estuarine 11,630 11,632 11,635 11,636 11,639 96.2%
Lacustrine 5,487 5,487 5,482 5,480 5,467 99.7%
Palustrine 31,322 31,332 31,337 31,350 31,379 95.5%
Riverine 24,806 24,877 24,889 24,913 24,961 91.8%

* Total 2017/pre-clear percentage excludes artificial and highly modified

Queensland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 76,621.8 76,654.6 76,605.1 76,563.1 76,461.5
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 4,965.8 4,967.1 4,967.1 4,967.5 4,967.9
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 6,664.5 6,665.1 6,667.8 6,668.4 6,671.5
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 351.8 351.8 351.8 352.0 352.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 2,643.9 2,644.9 2,646.7 2,648.9 2,652.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 210.9 210.9 211.2 211.6 212.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 824.7 824.8 824.8 824.3 824.4
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1,108.1 1,112.8 1,113.5 1,119.1 1,125.1
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 122.3 122.5 122.7 123.4 124.5
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 1,884.9 1,887.8 1,889.0 1,890.6 1,895.9
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lignum swamps 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 35.1 35.1 35.1 35.1 35.2
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 106.2 106.2 106.2 104.6 95.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 63.8 63.8 63.8 63.8 63.8
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 9.7 9.7 9.7 9.7 9.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 101.4 100.8 96.5 95.9 93.2
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 530.5 530.5 530.5 530.5 530.5
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 924.6 924.6 924.6 924.7 925.5
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 16,596.8 16,596.8 16,596.8 16,596.8 16,596.9
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 1,269.2 1,269.2 1,269.2 1,269.6 1,270.6
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 1,347.4 1,347.7 1,347.7 1,347.7 1,348.9
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 1,211.3 1,211.3 1,211.4 1,212.3 1,216.0
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 2,209.8 2,210.6 2,211.0 2,212.8 2,217.9
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 41.1 41.1 41.1 41.1 41.1
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 265.8 265.8 265.8 265.8 265.8
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 2,184.8 2,184.8 2,184.8 2,184.8 2,184.2
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 2,739.8 2,739.8 2,739.7 2,739.7 2,739.6
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6
(modified natural) Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.4
(modified natural) Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 3,154.4 3,105.3 3,040.5 2,964.9 2,798.6
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 14.1 14.1 14.1 14.1 14.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 5.6 5.8 5.8 5.6 5.6
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 45.5 45.0 45.0 44.2 43.0
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 11.4 11.1 11.1 11.0 10.5
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 4.5 4.4 4.0 3.2 2.6
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
(modified natural) Riverine 122.8 122.8 122.7 122.7 122.2
Riverine 24,805.7 24,877.0 24,889.5 24,912.8 24,961.1
UNASSIGNED Palustrine or Lacustrine 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.