Burnett River Flood Gauge Mapping System

Before accessing the Burnett River flood gauge mapping system, it is recommended that you read the General information and Disclaimer before clicking the "I have read the terms and agree" button below.

General Information

  1. This mapping is prepared for the purpose of Flood Emergency Management and to provide an educational tool for the general public to understand how upstream flood gauge levels (reported by the Bureau of Meteorology) may impact upon their property. Feedback on this system can be emailed to ceo@bundaberg.qld.gov.au.
  2. The Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) operates the Flood Warning System for the Burnett River.
  3. The system was originally released by Bundaberg Regional Council in December 2013 and was updated in May 2015 to incorporate user feedback. As part of the update, key changes included:
    1. Addition of a "slider bar" for each flood gauge;
    2. Added functionality to print a "booklet" of flood gauge increments for your area of interest
    3. Updated the mapping to reflect recent changes to the floodplain including construction of the Bundaberg Technology Park Flood Levee, Bundaberg - Gin Gin Road Flood Evacuation Route and the Fairymead Road Flood Evacuation Route which reduce the flood extents in Bundaberg. These projects were all part of the Burnett River Floodplain Action Plan.
  4. This mapping represents the potential extent of flood inundation that could reasonably be expected for the Lower Burnett River based on the following three (3) gauges:
    1. Paradise Dam (Depth over Spillway)
    2. Walla
    3. Bundaberg (Targo St)
  5. All heights are in metres (m) on flood gauges as reported by the Bureau.
  6. The flood inundation extents do not indicate floor level inundation of individual buildings.
  7. The maps don't represent a particular historical event (i.e January 2013) or design probability (i.e 1% AEP), they represent potential inundation based on flood gauge levels. They are derived using the best available information underpinned by science including LiDAR, bathymetric survey and calibrated flood modelling undertaken as part of Councils Burnett River Flood Study (2013). The accuracy of these maps is not absolute, and never can be.
  8. The extent of flooding shown is based on a Burnett River flood event. Increases in flood levels and flood extent can be experienced due to local factors such as stormwater runoff, culvert blockages, and obstructions to overland flow (e.g. fences and buildings) or as a result of flooding from tributary streams or the ocean (storm tide). Residents living near tributaries (or close to the mouth) of the Burnett River should be particularly cautious due to added uncertainty associated with potential for flooding from multiple sources (coincident flooding).
  9. Inundated areas shown should not be used for navigation purposes.
  10. Various base maps are available including aerial photography of the 2013 flood event (Peak in Bundaberg) and elevation/hillshade mapping to assist with interpretation.
  11. Maps will work on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and PC using your internet browser. For best viewing results, Android users are recommended to use Chrome.
  12. To ensure PDF printouts work as expected, please ensure pop ups are enabled in your internet browser.


The information contained in this mapping tool is for general information purposes only. The information contained in this website tool does not constitute, or is meant to constitute, advice of any kind and should not be treated as such. If you require advice in relation to any matter relating to the information contained herein, you should consult an appropriate professional body/organisation or person. While Bundaberg Regional Council endeavours to keep the information up to date and correct, it makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to this information, for any purpose. Bundaberg Regional Council assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information. Any reliance placed on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

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In no event will Bundaberg Regional Council be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage of any kind, whatsoever arising from reliance on the information contained herein.

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