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Based on wetland mapping version 4.0

Queensland wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 68,423 100.0% 4.0%
Artificial and highly modified 3,253 4.8% 0.2%
Estuarine 11,619 17.0% 0.7%
Lacustrine 5,606 8.2% 0.3%
Palustrine 29,001 42.4% 1.7%
Riverine 18,944 27.7% 1.1%

There are approximately 112,398 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in Queensland.

Queensland wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 68,422.6 100.0% 4.0%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 4,959.6 7.2% 0.3%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 6,659.8 9.7% 0.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 188.9 0.3% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1,863.5 2.7% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 455.1 0.7% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 892.6 1.3% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 1.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1,255.6 1.8% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 122.4 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 2,002.7 2.9% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 35.6 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 105.5 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 63.3 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 9.2 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 73.2 0.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 358.0 0.5% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 818.2 1.2% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 14,584.0 21.3% 0.8%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 1,308.8 1.9% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 1,244.0 1.8% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 1,427.4 2.1% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 2,401.5 3.5% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 41.3 0.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 353.3 0.5% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 1,502.1 2.2% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 3,318.6 4.9% 0.2%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 178.5 0.3% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 3,166.1 4.6% 0.2%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 12.4 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 5.2 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 41.5 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 9.8 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 3.6 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.0 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 2.2 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid tree 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%
Riverine 18,943.7 27.7% 1.1%
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).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

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 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 68,423 68,377 68,323 68,220 95.5%
Artificial and highly modified 3,253 3,190 3,114 2,946 n/a
Estuarine 11,619 11,623 11,623 11,626 96.3%
Lacustrine 5,606 5,605 5,604 5,592 99.5%
Palustrine 29,001 29,004 29,014 29,043 95.2%
Riverine 18,944 18,955 18,966 19,014 92.9%
Queensland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 68,422.6 68,376.6 68,322.9 68,220.5
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 4,959.6 4,959.9 4,960.1 4,960.3
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 6,659.8 6,662.8 6,663.3 6,665.9
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 188.9 188.9 188.9 189.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1,863.5 1,864.3 1,866.4 1,870.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 455.1 455.4 455.8 456.3
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 892.6 893.4 893.7 894.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1,255.6 1,255.5 1,259.0 1,263.9
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 122.4 122.7 123.3 124.4
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 2,002.7 2,002.9 2,003.4 2,008.4
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 35.6 35.6 35.6 35.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 105.5 105.5 105.6 95.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 63.3 63.3 63.3 63.3
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 9.2 9.2 9.2 9.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 73.2 73.0 72.1 71.0
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 358.0 358.0 358.0 358.0
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 818.2 818.2 818.2 819.1
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 14,584.0 14,584.0 14,584.0 14,584.0
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 1,308.8 1,308.9 1,309.4 1,310.4
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 1,244.0 1,244.0 1,244.0 1,245.9
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 1,427.4 1,427.5 1,428.4 1,432.1
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 2,401.5 2,401.8 2,403.7 2,408.9
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 41.3 41.3 41.3 41.3
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 353.3 353.3 353.3 353.3
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 1,502.1 1,502.1 1,502.1 1,501.3
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 3,318.6 3,318.5 3,318.2 3,318.2
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 178.5 178.5 178.5 178.5
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 3,166.1 3,103.3 3,027.7 2,860.4
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 12.4 12.4 12.4 12.4
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 41.5 41.5 41.5 41.5
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 9.8 9.8 9.8 9.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 2.2 2.2 2.1 1.5
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 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
Riverine 18,943.7 18,954.6 18,966.2 19,013.6
UNASSIGNED Palustrine or Lacustrine 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).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

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.