Maroochy River - Petrie Creek


Petrie Creek is a tributary of Maroochy River. It starts the western side of Nambour, flows through the city, and then flows down to join the Maroochy River quite close to Eudlo Creek at Didillibah. It is possible to launch at the well appointed park and boat ramp on Eudlo Creek near where it joins the Maroochy, (Lions Park, Fishermans Road), to start on the other side of the Maroochy River at Muller Park, or easiest, from the boat ramp at Dusty Rhodes Bridge, Petrie Creek Road (downstream side, southern side of bridge).

It is 12 kilometres upstream to Nambour, 11 kilometres to the Bruce Highway bridges. The creek runs through Quota Park, Carroll Street in Nambour. As the creek has very little flow usually, and the tide does not reach Quota Park, this launch point is too shallow, and not recommended. Persons looking to launch at the top of the tidal region do not have easy access. Private property, with no permitted access, ajoins almost all the creek, and those places where the creek runs close to the road are blocked by heavy growth of three metre high Barnabas Grass, and a very steep overgrown four metre bank. The creek banks downstream of the Bruce Highway road bridges over Petrie, on the Nambour to Bli Bli road, are off limits to paddlers. Don't bother asking. A small bridge visible in zoomed in satellite photographs of the same area was a cane railway line bridge, and no longer exists.

There is possible access behind the Nambour League Football Club playing fields, where Tucker Creek joins Petrie Creek. The area is open enough, there is enough water at high tide (but no further upstream), and there is a bit of a steep bank to launch a canoe from. An approach to the club may yield permission.

Today the creek still has in parts a thick creek bank growth of native hibiscus or Cotton Tree, that gave the name to the area at the mouth of the Maroochy River. The banks of the creek in the upper upper reaches are choked with tall Barnabas Grass. It can be very sharp. There is sometimes a floating mat of dead vegetation across the creek at the upper tidal limits. There are also several places where rocky bars are close to the surface. It should not worry canoeists, but the occasional jet skier seen in the creek would have to be cautious.

The upper reaches are brackish, not salty. Bream are caught, platypus seen in the early dawn light. This area is capable of massive flooding. A late afternoon paddle from Dusty Rhodes bridge boat ramp will be very quiet and pleasant, considering that a major urban area lies to the east. The photograph at the page top is a view of the castle at Bli Bli seen from the creek.

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ramp Dusty Rhodes bridge Petrie Creek mouth Narrowed creek behind Nambour Leagues Club Upper reaches, Barnabas Grass lined banks
Dusty Rhodes bridge
confluence Petrie and Maroochy
behind Nambour Leagues Club
upper section