Esk River (Queensland) facts for kids
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Location of Esk River mouth in Queensland
|Region||Far North Queensland, Wet Tropics of Queensland, Cape York Peninsula|
|Main source||Great Dividing Range
below Dowlings Hill
356 m (1,168 ft)
|River mouth||Walker Bay, Coral Sea
south of Cooktown
0 m (0 ft)
|Length||20 km (12 mi)|
Course and features
The river rises below Dowlings Hill, sourced by runoff from the Great Dividing Range, and flows north across the mostly uninhabited coastal plain. The Esk River enters the Annan Forest Reserve and flows through a wetland dominated by mangroves. At its river mouth, the Esk River is joined by the Annan River and together the two rivers discharge into Walker Bar and then onto the Coral Sea approximately 7 kilometres (4 mi) south of Cooktown. The river descends 356 metres (1,168 ft) over its 20-kilometre (12 mi) course.
Much of the Esk River catchment lies within protected area tenure. As of 2013[update] the river appeared to be in a healthy condition with limited siltation and only infrequent pockets of erosion.
Floods in 1910 recorded the Esk River as 12 feet (3.7 m) over the normal river height.
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