South East Queensland

Map of South East Queensland monitoring stations

South East Queensland region map (view larger map)

We have a substantial monitoring network in South East Queensland.

Monitoring sites are located in inner city, rural, industrial and residential areas of Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast, Logan, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Mountain Creek

This station is located at the Mountain Creek State Primary School on the Sunshine Coast.

Established in July 2001, it measures:

Deception Bay

Located in a residential area on the foreshore of Deception Bay, monitoring began in 1994 when the South East Queensland air quality monitoring network was expanded to gather further information on photochemical smog formation and transportation.

The station measures:

Cannon Hill

The Cannon Hill monitoring station is situated next to the metropolitan rail line used to transport coal to the Port of Brisbane. The station measures particle levels to assess the progress of ongoing measures to reduce coal dust emissions from rail wagons. Monitoring commenced in February 2014.

The Queensland Resources Council, on behalf of the South West System coal producers, Aurizon, Queensland Rail and Queensland Bulk Handling, has funded this monitoring station.

The station measures:

View more information on air quality monitoring of coal dust in rail corridors.

Wynnum network

Caltex Refineries (Qld) Ltd operate a network of three monitoring stations in the Wynnum area – Wynnum, Wynnum West and Lytton – to assess the impact of refinery emissions on nearby residential areas. The monitoring station at Wynnum is located in the grounds of Nazareth House at Wynnum North and has been operating since 2004. Monitoring at the Wynnum West and Lytton monitoring stations commenced in March 2014.

The Wynnum network stations measure:

Brisbane central business district (CBD)

Air quality monitoring in the Brisbane CBD began in 1995 at a site in an elevated position at the Queensland University of Technology's Gardens Point campus.

The station measures:


Operating since 1998 and sited close to the kerb of a busy main road and commercial business area, the Woolloongabba station is ideally located to monitor air pollution from traffic sources.

The station measures:

South Brisbane

Monitoring at the South Brisbane station began in 2001.

Located adjacent to the South East Freeway, it provides information on air quality typically experienced at the boundary of major traffic corridors.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has funded the establishment of this site and its ongoing operational costs.

The station measures:


Monitoring at the Rocklea station began as part of the original monitoring network in 1978.

The station is located in the grounds of the Oxley Creek Common. Light industry and residential areas surround the site.

The station measures:


The site, established in 1999, is located on the grounds of the Springwood State High School.

The station measures:

North Maclean

The North Maclean station began monitoring in 1994 as part of the expanded network designed to collect data on photochemical smog formation and transportation, and for regional modelling and forecasting purposes.

The station measures:


Meteorological information collected at the Josephville monitoring station is used to track the movement of emissions from industries located in the Bromelton State Development Area.

The station measures meteorological data.


Located on the grounds of the Southport State High School, this station was established in 2018 to provide information on air quality in the Gold Coast region.

The station measures:

Flinders View

Established in 1993, the Flinders View station measures pollutant concentrations in the Ipswich area, and the movement of pollutants within South East Queensland.

The station measures:


Established in 1995 and surrounded by rural land, the Mutdapilly station provides information on the formation and transport of photochemical smog in South East Queensland.

The station measures:


Solar powered meteorological instruments at the Gatton site collect data used for air quality modelling in South East Queensland.

The station measures meteorological data.

Previous sites


Air monitoring took place at the Arundel State School from November 2010 to February 2012 in response to community concerns about dust emissions from nearby landfill operations.


The Dinmore station, established to monitor particle levels before and after construction of an aluminium extrusion plant, operated from August 2003 to June 2005.

Eagle Farm

The Eagle Farm station, established to monitor air quality in the industrial area at the Brisbane River mouth, operated from 1978 until June 2005. Online data is available from January 2000 until the station closed.


The air monitoring station at Jondaryan, established to measure particle levels to evaluate the impact of dust from the rail loading facility operations on the community, operated from March 2014 to August 2016.


An air monitoring station operated at Lutwyche from April 2011 to June 2012 measuring air quality in residential areas surrounding the Airport Link/Northern Busway construction works.


BP Refinery (Bulwer Island) Pty Ltd commissioned the Pinkenba station in 2001 as part of its major clean fuels upgrade. It was located next to the Pinkenba State School until January 2013 when the property was sold, and from February 2014 operated at a site in Tingira Street. With the BP refinery ceasing operations in May 2015 the Pinkenba monitoring station closed in November 2015.


This station operated from September 2009 until March 2010 to monitor emissions from a nearby foundry.


This station operated from December 2007 until June 2009 to monitor emissions from a nearby composting facility.


Air quality monitoring began in Toowoomba in July 2003 and continued until December 2010. Located at Willowburn Oval, and surrounded by light industry and residential areas, it operated as an Air NEPM campaign monitoring station where pollutant levels would be indicative of maximum levels experienced across Toowoomba.