Estuary name Moore River Estuary

The MRE is classified as a wave-dominated estuary, which has 82% of its catchment cleared for agriculture (1999 data) resulting in high nutrient levels. Despite this level of clearing, the MRE has good riparian vegetation communities, due in part by continued management and revegetation efforts by community and landcare groups; Flow in the MRE is maintained by significant groundwater inflow, although decreasing rainfall in the region is reducing flushing. At present here is little urban development in the catchment but the Guilderton community is very concerned about urban development pressure on the southern bank of the estuary.

Estuary Values
  • Carnabys Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) Endangered (EPBC)
  • Great White Egret (Ardea alba) Least Concern (IUCN)
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Migratory (EPBC)
  • fishing
  • canoeing
  • boating
  • swimming
  • bird watching
  • Aboriginal cultural heritage
Estuary Threats
  • Increased runoff and sediments entering estuary (from vegetation clearance/development)
  • Increased nutrients from agriculture and septic systems
  • Unregulated opening of the estuary mouth
  • Degradation of vegetation by grazing animals, illegal camping and off road vehicles
Data Site observations
Status Active
Monitor group



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MRE01 Moore River Bar

Active Physico-Chemical 17-02-2016 - 24-11-2017

Moore River Bar, adjacent walking trail and frequently used tourist beach, caravan park and approx. 300m from boat launch/pontoon area.


MRE02 Silver Creek

Active Physico-Chemical 17-02-2016 - 24-11-2017

Silver Creek, adjacent steep limestone and sand cliff, road and residential area above.


MRE03 Diamond Island

Active Physico-Chemical 17-02-2016 - 25-08-2017

Diamond Island, just downstream from small island (Diamond Island) approx. 3.1 km from boat launch/pontoon area.


MRE04 Caraban Rocks

Active Physico-Chemical 17-02-2016 - 25-08-2017

Caraban Rocks, adjacent large limestone cliff/boulders and sand cliff. Boat launch area nearby and rural residential (hobby farms blocks) approx. 5.4 km from boat launch/pontoon area.


MRE05 Moore Upper

Inactive Physico-Chemical 17-02-2016 - 25-08-2017

Adjacent to farm land (grazing) limestone cliff/boulders and sand cliff. Boat launch area nearby and rural residential (hobby farms blocks) approx. 7.1 km upstream from boat launch/pontoon area.


MREMC Moore River Estuary Mouth Observation Site

Active Mouth Condition N/A - N/A

Rotunda near Moore River Estuary Lookout Carpark.


MREp1 Guilderton Moore River Mouth

Active Photopoint N/A - N/A

Rotunda at the Moore Estuary Lookout.

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