Eddy, the great egret, looks for breakfast at Calamvale Creek


About this site

Except where indicated, all the photos on this website were taken in and around Calamvale Creek and the Golden Pond wetlands.

The photographer has added comments to each article explaining how he photographed the animal featured in the article.

A golden-coloured sidebar at the left of each page (like this one) gives scientific information and a description that will help you identify the critter featured in the article.

Research papers

Conference papers and research papers about the Golden Pond wetlands and creek are available from the research papers page.

You can help

If you notice anything wrong on this website — particularly if we have made a mistake in identification — please email us and let us know. (We know we are not perfect.)

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Using our photos

Photos on this website are copyright. If you want to use any, email us at: creeklife@gmail.com

Critters of Calamvale Creek is now featured on Wikipedia.

History of Calamvale

James Calam was a prominent early settler near the creek on Brisbane's outskirts. His homestead was at the top of Calam Road on the corner of Beaudesert and Compton Roads.

In 1980 the McGuire family bought part of Jim's land, and in 1984 built what is now the Calamvale Hotel.

Calamvale was listed as a suburb in 1972, although it was known by this name long before.

Urbanization took place in the early 1990s.

A descendant of the original Calams (Sid Calam) said the name should be pronounced KAY-lem-vale, because that is how the Calams pronounced it.

[Our thanks go to BRISbites for much of this information.]


Calamvale's State Government representative is the member for Stretton, Stephen Robertson MP, whose website is a rich resource for information about State Government services, the Stretton electorate, and water, climate, and the environment.

Critters of Calamvale Creek

Magnificent monarch butterfly

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This beautiful monarch butterfly captured our photographer's attention when it landed on a brightly coloured milkweed flower on the bank of Calamvale Creek.

Apart from being beautiful to look at, monarchs have an extraordinary ability to fly vast distances when they overwinter — especially in the northern hemisphere.

Read about Regal, our magnificant monarch, on the monarch butterfly page.

What's on this website?

This site features birds and animals living in a small wetlands system in Brisbane, Australia.

The system consists of constructed and natural wetlands, and a creek that local residents call Calamvale Creek.

Small wildfowl habitats like the Calamvale wetlands provide a valuable refuge, and a retreat for visiting water birds from other wetlands. The creek is a permanent home for many eastern water skinks and water dragons (pictured below).

Eastern water dragon

Calamvale Creek is part of the Golden Pond wetland system in the Brisbane suburb of Calamvale, 17 kilometres south of Brisbane city. It relies on stormwater runoff to refresh the ponds and small lagoons.

The system runs through only a few blocks in the middle of a thriving suburb, and is unusual in that the constructed wetlands are dominated by water lilies, aquatic creepers, and submerged pond weeds, rather than emergent sedges, rushes or reeds.

In their own words

We have allowed many of the critters to tell their story in their own words (well, with a little help from a human writer). We hope this will especially interest students, and may encourage schools to instigate projects that help their students grow up with a love of nature and a lifelong fascination of wetland wildlife.

We will also show you photos documenting changes in the history of the Golden Pond wetlands system, point out research showing that mosquitoes are not a problem from the wetlands, and we will describe the “treatment train” designed to improve water quality in the wetlands and creek.

Attention local teachers

Teachers — we may be able to provide an expert to speak to your students about the wetlands and creek, advise the best months to visit, or run activities for them. Email us for information at creeklife@gmail.com.

— Robert Doolan