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and Tasman Sea, Tasman seas of the South Pacific Ocean. The two main categories of rivers in New South Wales, are those that rise in the Great Dividing Range and flow eastwards to the sea, the Coastal NSW Rivers; and those that rise on the other side of the crest of the range and flow westward, the Inland NSW Rivers. Most of the inland rivers eventually combine into the Murray-Darling Basin, Murray-Darling network of rivers, which drains to the sea in South Australia.

Major rivers

The following rivers are the longest river systems, by length.

Coastal rivers

Due to the relatively close proximity of the Great Dividing Range to the eastern coast of New South Wales, in general, the coastal rivers are short, navigable only in their lowest reaches, if at all, and subject to flooding in periods of high rainfall. The inland rivers have little water, are also subject to flooding, and their limited resources are extensively used for irrigation in the more arid inland agricultural districts of the State. On all of the significant inland rivers, large dams have been constructed to regulate the water flow, to facilitate irrigation, and in some cases, to generate hydroelectricity, hydro-power. For administrative purposes, the rivers are generally grouped into four major catchments defined by their drainage basin, and then a series of sub-catchments. The following is a list of the coastal rivers in New South Wales, in order from north to south, grouped according to catchment and sub-catchments, from mouth to upper reaches, organised by tributary:

Northern Rivers catchment

Tweed River sub-catchment

* Coral Sea ** Tweed River (New South Wales), Tweed River *** Oxley River *** Rous River

Brunswick River sub-catchment

* Coral Sea ** Brunswick River (New South Wales), Brunswick River

Richmond River sub-catchment

* Coral Sea ** Evans River (New South Wales), Evans River ** Richmond River *** Bungawalbin Creek (New South Wales), Bungawalbin Creek *** Wilsons River (New South Wales), Wilsons River **** Coopers Creek (New South Wales), Coopers Creek (designated as a river) **** Leycester Creek (designated as a river) ***** Back Creek (Richmond Valley, New South Wales), Back Creek (designated as a river) *** Eden Creek (designated as a river) *** Sandy Creek (Richmond Valley), Sandy Creek (designated as a river) *** Shannon Brook (designated as a river)

Clarence River sub-catchment

* Coral Sea ** Clarence River (New South Wales), Clarence River *** Mann River (New South Wales), Mann River **** Nymboida River ***** Boundary Creek (Nymboida River, Clarence Valley), Boundary Creek (Nymboida) (designated as a river) ***** Blicks River ***** Glen Fernaigh River ****** Boundary Creek (Glen Fernaigh River, Clarence Valley), Boundary Creek (Glen Fernaigh) (designated as a river) ***** Clouds Creek (designated as a river) ***** Boyd River (New South Wales), Boyd River ****** Sara River ******* Oban River ******* Nowlands Creek (designated as a river) ****** Guy Fawkes River ******* Aberfoyle River ****** Chandlers Creek (designated as a river) ***** Little Murray River (Nymboida), Little Murray River ***** Bielsdown River ***** Little Nymboida River ****** Bobo River **** Henry River (New South Wales), Henry River **** Yarrow River *** Tooloom Creek (designated as a river) **** Beaury Creek (designated as a river) *** Cataract River (Tenterfield), Cataract River *** Coldstream River *** Timbarra River (New South Wales), Timbarra River *** Orara River **** Urumbilum River **** Kangaroo River (Clarence Valley), Kangaroo River ***** Towallum River *** Esk River (New South Wales), Esk River ** Corindi River ** Maryland River *** Boonoo Boonoo River ** Sandon River ** Wooli Wooli River *** Barcoongere River

Bellinger River sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Bellinger River *** Never Never River *** Rosewood River ** Kalang River (New South Wales), Kalang River

Nambucca-Macleay River sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Nambucca River *** Taylors Arm (New South Wales), Taylors Arm (designated as a river) ** Macleay River *** Apsley River (New South Wales), Apsley River **** Tia River **** Yarrowitch River ***** Warnes River *** Chandler River (New South Wales), Chandler River **** Oaky River **** Styx River (New South Wales), Styx River **** Wollomombi River *** Dyke River *** Gara River (Australia), Gara River **** Commissioners Waters (designated as a river) *** Georges Creek (Armidale Dumaresq), Georges Creek (designated as a river) *** Blue Mountain Creek (designated as a river) *** Christmas Creek (designated as a river) *** Kunderang Brook (designated as a river)

Hastings River sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Hastings River *** Forbes River (New South Wales), Forbes River *** Pappinbarra River *** Tobins River *** Thone River *** Ellenborough River **** Doyles River (New South Wales), Doyles River *** Maria River (Australia), Maria River **** Wilson River (New South Wales), Wilson River ** Camden Haven River

Hunter and Central Rivers catchment

Manning River sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Manning River *** Pigna Barney River *** Barnard River **** Back River (Tamworth), Back River **** Myall River **** Curricabark River *** Nowendoc River **** Cooplacurripa River ***** Mummel River ***** Walcrow River **** Rowleys River ***** Burns Creek (designated as a river) ***** Cells River *** Connollys Creek (designated as a river) *** Dingo Creek (designated as a river) **** Bobin Creek (designated as a river) **** Caparra Creek (designated as a river) *** Cedar Party Creek (designated as a river) *** Dawson River (New South Wales), Dawson River *** Lansdowne River *** Gloucester River **** Barrington River (New South Wales), Barrington River ***** Cobark River ****** Dilgry River ***** Moppy River ***** Kerripit River **** Bowman River **** Avon River (Mid-Coast Council), Avon River

Great Lakes sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Coolongolook River *** Wallamba River *** Wallingat River *** Wang Wauk River ** Karuah River *** Mammy Johnsons River **** Wards River *** The Branch River *** Telegherry River ** Myall River *** Crawford River (New South Wales), Crawford River

Hunter River sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Hunter River (New South Wales), Hunter River *** Pages Creek (designated as a river) *** Moonan Brook (designated as a river) *** Stewarts Brook (designated as a river) *** Paterson River **** Allyn River *** Williams River (New South Wales), Williams River **** Chichester River ***** Wangat River *** Rouchel Brook (designated as a river) *** Pages River **** Isis River (New South Wales), Isis River *** Goulburn River (New South Wales), Goulburn River **** Munmurra River ***** Cooba Bulga Stream (designated as a river) ***** Cattle Creek (New South Wales), Cattle Creek (designated as a river) **** Krui River **** Bow River (New South Wales), Bow River **** Merriwa River **** Worondi Rivulet **** Bylong River ***** Growee River ***** Lee Creek (New South Wales), Lee Creek (designated as a river) **** Baerami Creek (designated as a river) **** Widden Brook (designated as a river) ***** Blackwater Creek (New South Wales), Blackwater Creek (designated as a river) *** Wollombi Brook **** Congewai Creek (designated as a river) ***** Cedar Creek (New South Wales), Cedar Creek (designated as a river)

Sydney basin catchment

Central Coast sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Lake Macquarie (New South Wales), Lake Macquarie *** Dora Creek (designated as a river) ** Tuggerah Lake *** Budgewoi Lake **** Lake Munmorah *** Wyong River **** Cedar Brush Creek ** Wamberal Lagoon ** Terrigal Lagoon ** Avoca Lake

Hawkesbury-Nepean sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Hawkesbury River *** Grose River *** Nepean River **** Glenbrook Creek **** Erskine Creek ***** Bedford Creek ***** Glen Erskine Creek **** Warragamba River ***** Coxs River ****** Kedumba River ****** Little River (Oberon) ****** Jenolan River ****** Kowmung River ******* Hollanders River ******* Tuglow River ****** Wollondilly River ******* Paddys River (Southern Highlands, New South Wales), Paddys River ******* Tonalli River ******* Nattai River ******** Little River (Wollondilly) ******* Tarlo River ******* Jooriland River ******* Mulwaree River ******* Wingecarribee River ******** Joadja Creek ******** Little River (Wingecarribee) **** Burke River (New South Wales), Burke River ***** Little Burke River (New South Wales), Little Burke River **** Cordeaux River ***** Avon River (Wollongong), Avon River **** Cataract River (Wollondilly), Cataract River **** Bargo River *** Colo River **** Wollemi Creek **** Wollangambe River **** Wolgan River **** Capertee River *** South Creek (New South Wales), South Creek **** Eastern Creek (New South Wales), Eastern Creek ***** Breakfast Creek (Blacktown, New South Wales), Breakfast Creek ***** Bells Creek (Blacktown, New South Wales), Bells Creek ***** Reedy Creek (Blacktown, New South Wales), Reedy Creek **** Kemps Creek (New South Wales), Kemps Creek ***** Bonds Creek (New South Wales), Bonds Creek **** Blaxland Creek **** Ropes Creek (New South Wales), Ropes Creek **** Badgerys Creek (New South Wales), Badgerys Creek *** Macdonald River (St Albans), Macdonald River *** Mangrove Creek (New South Wales), Mangrove Creek (designated as a river) *** Mooney Mooney Creek (designated as a river) *** Berowra Creek *** Cowan Creek **** Coal and Candle Creek **** Smiths Creek (New South Wales), Smiths Creek ** Pittwater

Sydney Metropolitan sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Bilgola Creek ** Port Jackson *** Middle Harbour **** Middle Harbour Creek *** Parramatta River **** Iron Cove Creek **** Hawthorne Canal **** Lane Cove River ***** Gore Creek (New South Wales), Gore Creek ***** Scout Creek ***** Devlins Creek ***** Terrys Creek **** Tarban Creek **** Powells Creek (Sydney), Powells Creek ***** Saleyards Creek **** Haslams Creek **** Duck River (New South Wales), Duck River ***** A'Becketts Creek ****** Duck Creek (Clyde, New South Wales), Duck Creek ******* Little Duck Creek **** Charity Creek **** Smalls Creek **** Archer Creek **** Subiaco Creek ***** The Ponds Creek **** Vineyard Creek (New South Wales), Vineyard Creek **** Darling Mills Creek **** Toongabbie Creek ***** Blacktown Creek *** Whites Creek (Annandale), Whites Creek *** Johnstons Creek (New South Wales), Johnstons Creek **** Orphan School Creek ** Botany Bay *** Cooks River **** Coxs Creek (Belfield, New South Wales), Coxs Creek **** Wolli Creek ***** Bardwell Creek **** Cup and Saucer Creek **** Alexandra Canal (New South Wales), Alexandra Canal *** Georges River **** Cabramatta Creek **** Prospect Creek (New South Wales), Prospect Creek ***** Orphan School Creek (Fairfield) ****** Clear Paddock Creek **** Salt Pan Creek **** Woronora River **** Boggywell Creek ** Port Hacking *** Hacking River

Southern Rivers catchment

Illawarra sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Lake Illawarra ** Minnamurra River ** Port Kembla (New South Wales), Port Kembla

Shoalhaven River sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Shoalhaven River *** Kangaroo River (Shoalhaven), Kangaroo River *** Mongarlowe River *** Corang River *** Endrick River ** St Georges Basin

Eurobodalla catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Clyde River, New South Wales, Clyde River *** Yadboro River *** Bimberamala River *** Buckenbowra River ** Moruya River *** Deua River **** Araluen Creek (designated as a river) ***** Majors Creek (designated as a river) **** Bettowynd Creek (designated as a river) ** Tomaga River ** Tuross River *** Back River (Cooma-Monaro), Back River *** Wadbilliga River **** Queens Pound River **** Yowrie River *** Pambula River **** Yowaka River

Far South Coast sub-catchment

* Tasman Sea ** Bega River (New South Wales), Bega River *** Brogo River *** Bemboka River **** Nunnock River ** Bermagui River ** Genoa River *** White Rock River (New South Wales), White Rock River *** Wallagaraugh River **** Imlay Creek (designated as a river) ** Merimbula Lake ** Merrica River ** Murrah River *** Dry River (New South Wales), Dry River ** Nadgee River ** Twofold Bay *** Nullica River *** Towamba River **** Wog Wog River ** Pambula River ** Wonboyn River

Snowy River sub-catchment

* Bass Strait ** Snowy River (mouth located in Victoria) *** Mowamba River *** Maclaughlin River *** Jacobs River (New South Wales), Jacobs River *** Delegate River **** Bombala River ***** Undowah River ***** Coolumbooka River **** Little Plains River ***** Bendoc River ***** Queensborough River *** Pinch River *** Eucumbene River *** Gungarlin River **** Burrungubugge River *** Thredbo River **** Little Thredbo River *** Suggan Buggan River (river and mouth located in Victoria) **** Ingeegoodbee River (mouth located in Victoria)

Inland-flowing rivers

The inland-flowing rivers in New South Wales can be considered in two groups. In the northern half of the state, a series of rivers rise on the western side of the Great Dividing Range. These rivers flow west and northwest and eventually combine into the Barwon River (New South Wales), Barwon, which becomes the Darling River further west near Bourke, New South Wales, Bourke. The waters of the Darling River then flow south through the arid far west of NSW. The second group of inland-flowing rivers in NSW rise in the southern part of the state, sourced predominately from the western and southern slopes of the Snowy Mountains and the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, and combine directly with the Murray River, which forms the southern border of NSW with Victoria, Australia, Victoria. The two groups converge at Wentworth, New South Wales, Wentworth in the far south-west corner of the state, where the Murray River crosses the New South Wales/Victorian/South Australia border, east of Paringa, South Australia, Paringa in South Australia.

North-western New South Wales

* Darling River in the northwestern sector of the state. ** Barwon River (New South Wales), Barwon River *** Bokhara River *** Moonie River *** MacIntyre River **** Boomi River **** Dumaresq River ***** Bluff River (New South Wales), Bluff River ***** Severn River (Queensland) ***** Mole River (New South Wales), Mole River **** Severn River, New South Wales ***** Beardy Waters *** Gwydir River also Copeton Dam **** Horton River (Australia), Horton River **** Moredun Creek **** Rocky River (New South Wales), Rocky River **** Mehi River *** Namoi River also Keepit Dam **** Peel River (Australia), Peel River ***** Cockburn River **** Manilla River **** Mooki River **** Macdonald River (Bendemeer), Macdonald River *** Castlereagh River *** Macquarie River also Burrendong Dam **** Talbragar River ***** Coolaburragundy River **** Cudgegong River **** Little River (Dubbo), Little River **** Bell River (New South Wales), Bell River **** Turon River ***** Crudine River **** Fish River (Oberon), Fish River ***** Duckmaloi River ***** Campbells River *** Bogan River

South-western New South Wales

In the southwestern sector of the state: * Murray River also Lake Hume ** Murrumbidgee River also Burrinjuck Dam *** Lachlan River also Wyangala Dam **** Abercrombie River ***** Bolong River ***** Isabella River (New South Wales), Isabella River **** Boorowa River **** Belubula River **** Crookwell River *** Tumut River also Blowering Dam **** Goobarragandra River **** Doubtful Creek (designated as a river) *** Goodradigbee River *** Yass River *** Molonglo River also Cotter River and other rivers of the Australian Capital Territory, ACT **** Queanbeyan River **** Jerrabomberra Creek (designated as a river) *** Bredbo River **** Strike-a-Light River ** Edward River *** Wakool River ** Swampy Plain River *** Geehi River see Snowy Mountains Scheme ** Tooma River *** Tumbarumba Creek (designated as a river)

See also

* List of rivers of New South Wales (A-K) - Detailed listing of
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rivers showing previous names and Source (river or stream), source locations for each river. * List of rivers of New South Wales (L-Z) - Detailed listing of
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rivers showing previous names and Source (river or stream), source locations for each river. * List of rivers of Australia for an alphabetical listing including rivers in other States and territories of Australia, Australian states


External links

Guide to Sydney Rivers site
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