Brisbane Water dominates much of the lower Central Coast. It’s a stunning estuary around which many of our towns huddle. Brisbane Water starts with Narara and Coorumbine Creeks and ends some 18 kilometres later with Broken Bay and, eventually, the Tasman Sea.
The total catchment area is an impressive 165 square kilometres, with beaches, inlets and bays making it extremely accessible. Brisbane Water features stunning views and is ideal for a range of leisure activities. This summer, why not get out and explore this pristine and beautiful waterway?
Over 110 bird species have been recorded within Brisbane Water. Some 2277 hectares of the estuary is classified by Bird Life International as an important area due to its isolated populations of at-risk species.
Brisbane Water is quite shallow, with an average bed level of between five and three meters, and a tidal impact of +0.4 meters.
The oyster industry worldwide has taken a major blow with Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome, which has been detected locally. Brisbane Water is a significant producer of Sydney Rock Oysters which aren’t affected by the disease.
Ship building was a major industry here with three brothers from the Davis family (hence the name) establishing successful building firms in the latter part of the 1800s.
Saratoga is a peninsula surrounded by Brisbane Water on three sides and features a public wharf popular with fisherman. It’s also the home of the Saratoga Sailing Club. The area features stunning views across the breadth of Brisbane Water.
A long slim finger pointing north, the Broadwater heads towards the Brisbanes Water’s source, Narara Creek. The Broadwater is home to Gosford Sailing Club and hosts public events, such as New Year’s Eve, on its grassy shores.
Pretty Beach doesn’t face the ocean, its a delightful village hugging the banks of Brisbane Water, with Bouddi National Park behind it. Next door is Wagstaffe, where the Palm Beach ferry stops, then the mouth of Brisbane Water opens up at Half Tide Rocks and into Broken Bay beyond.