|The Maroochy River
is also a great holiday destination for those who enjoy
ecotourism, water sports and plain gorgeous sub-tropical
There are plenty of accommodations that cater to
individuals and groups, from holiday apartments to resort
cabins. There are also tent sites with
power supply. If visitors want a rest from cruising,
swimming, jet skiing, sailing, and fishing, they can opt to
dine and shop in nearby areas like the
Sunshine Plaza and
the arts and craft shops in Flaxton, Mapleton and Montville.
The danger of flooding in its 630 square kilometre catchment
continues to exist and increase as population also
increases. The earliest recording of
its flooding is in
1893, followed by other major ones in 1951, 1974 and 1992.
These floodings affected hundreds of homes and low-lying
To limit possible destruction to life and property, the
Bureau of Meteorology and the Maroochy Shire Council operate
an alert system since 1994.
The flood reporting system takes into account every
millimetre of rainfall and 50-millimetre river height
change, which are measured from field stations. Findings are
regularly reported to the Nambour Council Office’s base
station computer through VHF radio. The Flood Warning Centre
of the Bureau of Meteorology tabulates the data and produces
hydrologic models to predict river height.
Warnings and bulletins are issued by the Bureau and Shire
Council to radio stations and agencies involved in flood
response when there is a possibility
of water levels going
beyond the set moderate level. People can also keep track
through the Queensland Flood Warning Centre Website.