The Cape Campaspe Basin is a medium sized basin and covers just over 20,000 square kilometres.
The land is mostly used for grazing, with just under a fifth set aside for conservation and minimal use – mostly as native vegetation.
Cape Campaspe Basin waterways are generally dry and sandy, with few permanent water bodies.
This basin is made up for four subcatchments. They are:
Campaspe River is one of the largest subcatchments where the land use is dominated by grazing.
Campaspe River subcatchment waterways include Lake Powlathanga and Wambiana Lagoon, both of which are relatively large permanent or semi-permanent water bodies in a relatively dry subcatchment.
People use the area for recreation (swimming and tourism), stock watering, industrial use, and the cultural and spiritual values of the Gudjal (Kudjala) Traditional Owners.
Cape River is the largest of the Burdekin subcatchments and covers almost half the basin.
While the main land use is grazing, a very large proportion is set aside for conservation and minimal use. There are also some mining activities at the very top of the subcatchment.
This subcatchment consists of short-lived creeks without major permanent water bodies, although there are some permanent wetlands in the lower reaches.
People use this area for stock watering, irrigation, drinking water, and the cultural and spiritual values of the Gudjal (Kudjala) Traditional Owners.
Lower Cape River
Lower Cape River is a medium sized subcatchment where the land use is dominated by grazing.
The lower Cape River itself is a largely dry, sandy and seasonal river channel and, while permanent water bodies are not common, there are a few significant wetlands. Part of the lower Cape River consists of Lake Dalrymple (Burdekin Falls Dam).
People use the area for tourism, stock watering, and the cultural and spiritual values of the Jangga Traditional Owners.
Rollston River is a relatively small subcatchment where land use is dominated by grazing.
The Rollston River subcatchment is a largely dry, sandy creek system with few permanent waterholes.
People use the area for stock watering, and the cultural and spiritual values of the Gudjal (Kudjala) and Birri Traditional Owners.