Located at the headwaters of the Murray-Darling Basin in Southern Queensland, the Condamine catchment has traditionally been an agricultural region. However, with urban expansion, a growing population and the recent mining and resources boom, the profile of our catchment is changing.
About the Condamine catchment:
- The headwaters of the Murray-Darling Basin in Southern Queensland
- Start of the Condamine River, which is approximately 500 kilometres long and is a tributary of the Darling River – the longest river in Australia
- Covers 2.5 million hectares from Queen Mary Falls near Killarney in the Border Ranges through to Chinchilla on the north western edge of the Darling Downs
- Renowned for its rich farming soils
- Home to approximately 233 000 people and growing rapidly
- Includes urban centres Toowoomba, Dalby, Warwick, Oakey and Chinchilla
- Extends over four Local Government areas - Toowoomba Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council and South Burnett Council
- Industries include manufacturing, livestock, intensive animal industries, cropping, horticulture, forestry, tourism, mining and other emerging industries
What is a catchment? A catchment is an area of land surrounded by natural high features such as hills or mountains, down which water flows to a stream, river or sea. Water drains from the top or upland parts of the Condamine catchment through a network of smaller waterways until it reaches the Condamine River. Here it connects with the Murray-Darling River System until it flows out through the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia.