Brisbane River Floods

Moggill, Bellbowrie and surrounding areas have regularly experienced floods during more than 17 decades of European occupation.

To discover further details about each of the floods that have taken place and explore a collection of carefully selected images, simply scroll down the page.

LARC Incident, 1974

Timeline of floods

"Black February"
1893 Flood

The multiple floods of 1893, as shown on this Government map, were the highest documented. The Brisbane River burst its banks on three occasions in February 1893 which saw the period named "Black February". There was also a fourth flood event in June. Although coal mines were flooded in Ipswich, there is no record of damage or loss of life in the Moggill district, despite one flood reaching 24.5m.

1974 Flood
Aerial view of Bellbowrie flooded in 1974

The 1974 floods which arrived just as the new suburb of Bellbowrie was emerging, remain in the memories of many as the waters rose around new houses and the yet-to-open shopping centre.

More images from the 1974 floods

(Courtesy of Roger Todd)

Flooded houses on
Birkin Rd, Bellbowrie

(Courtesy of Roger Todd)

The new Bellbowrie shopping Centre (from Sugarwood Road) was flooded

(Courtesy of Roger Todd)

LARC 1 before accident: One of the two Army LARCS which assisted during the 1974 floods (see below for more information)

Flood map of Brisbane showing the extent of the January 1974 Brisbane River flood. The map extends as far as Fig Tree Pocket. (Queensland State Archives Series ID 1748)
28 January 1974
LARC Incident

Tragically, Army reservists Corporal Neville Hourigan and Captain Ian Kerr were killed when their LARC amphibious craft, on a mission to rescue an elderly man with a heart complaint, contacted a fallen high voltage power line in Pullen Pullen Creek.

Corporate Neville Hourigan

Captain Ian Kerr

To access additional information about the LARC incident story, please download our PDF document. We welcome people to also visit the Memorial dedication located at Booker Place Park, Birkin Road, Bellbowrie.

2011 Flood

In January 2011, massive flooding isolated Bellbowrie, Anstead and Moggill from the rest of Brisbane.

Torrential rainfall during December caused an ‘inland tsunami’ to run through the Lockyer Valley and combine with a rapidly rising Bremer River and water cascading out of an overfull Wivenhoe Dam. As a result of this unprecedented flow of water, the lower levels of the area were flooded. Over 100 homes were lost and some 290 residents displaced.

The "Island In The Flood" book presents the stories and photographs from 2011, updated in to include the class action against the operators of Wivenhoe Dam.


More images from the 2011 floods

An aerial photograph of the river and Moggill Ferry taken at the height of the flood. (Courtesy of Peter Reid)
The spectacular appearance of floods around the McIntyre Centre. (Courtesy of Monica do Rozario)
Coles Supermarket was completely inundated. (Courtesy of Sue Wallis)
2022 Flood
Moggill Road leading out of Bellbowrie 2022

A low-pressure system caused over 400 mm of rain to be dumped across the greater Brisbane area in late February 2022. River levels in the CBD rose to over 3.8m causing widespread flooding and resultant damage in central Brisbane. Moggill and the surrounding areas were once again cut off, but no houses were inundated.

Interested in learning more?

The Moggill Historical Society offers a selection of local history books that you can buy.