The Dawson & Callide Valleys are a rich agricultural, pastoral, coal mining, gas production, irrigation and cultural region in Central Queensland. There are about 35 000 people that live in the catchment.
The Dawson Catchment is located in east-central Queensland and covers an area of approximately 50 800 square kilometres.
This large subtropical catchment is part of eastern Australia’s Brigalow Belt South bioregion and is part of one of the largest river basins, the Fitzroy Basin, flowing eastward towards the Coral Sea.
The catchment area stretches from Wandoan in the south to Duaringa in the north and includes the local government areas of Banana, Western Downs, Rockhampton, Maranoa and Central Highlands.