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The Todd River
Todd River
is an ephemeral river in the southern Northern Territory, central Australia. The origins of the Todd River
Todd River
are in the MacDonnell Ranges, where it flows past the Telegraph Station, almost through the center of Alice Springs, through Heavitree Gap
Heavitree Gap
at the southern end of Alice Springs
Alice Springs
and continuing on for some distance, passing through the western part of the Simpson Desert, as it becomes a tributary of the Hale River, and eventually flowing into Lake Eyre in South Australia.[1] The indigenous Arrernte people
Arrernte people
know this river as Lhere Mparntwe (pronounced ler-ra m-barn-twa). The Todd is in a very arid part of Australia
Australia
and has zero to very low flow during 95% of the year.[2] When it does flow, it carries a heavy sediment load picked up from the grazing land around the Bond Springs homestead which lends its waters a milky chocolate colour and renders them completely opaque. The river was named by surveyor W. W. Mills after Lady Alice Todd (née Alice Gillam Bell), wife of Charles Todd, previously Postmaster General of South Australia.

Contents

1 Significance to Alice Springs 2 Recreation and social events 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Significance to Alice Springs[edit]

Todd River
Todd River
flooding in 1988

The Todd River
Todd River
is integral to the city of Alice Springs, which has its central business district built on the edge of the river. A large portion of the Alice Springs
Alice Springs
municipal area is situated on a flood plain of the Todd River, created by flooding upstream of the east-west barrier created by the Heavitree Range, a local segment of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Todd River
Todd River
during a rare flood event, Wills Terrace Causeway, Alice Springs, 31 March 1988

The Todd runs south through this range at Heavitree Gap
Heavitree Gap
along with the main road and rail links connecting Alice Springs
Alice Springs
to Adelaide. Heavy flows of the Todd can cut road and rail access, and the bottle neck effect of the Gap can cause flooding in many parts of the town. There have been numerous cases of people drowning as often people camp in the riverbed and the flooding can occur very rapidy and unexpectedly from heavy rains upstream. Heavy rainfalls in the catchment to the north of Alice Springs
Alice Springs
cause the river to start flowing through the town around 6 to 8 hours later. The river can change from its normal dry bed to a bank-to-bank flow within a matter of 15 minutes, and it is possible to follow the leading edge of the flow as it snakes through town at a walking pace. The riverbed contains sites and trees sacred to the local Arrente people. Recreation and social events[edit]

External video

Todd River
Todd River
in full flow in January 2015

The Henley-on-Todd Regatta
Henley-on-Todd Regatta
has been held in Alice Springs
Alice Springs
annually since 1961.[3] The ironic regatta is held on the dry riverbed, and draws up to 20,000 spectators. Bottomless boats are picked up by the competitors standing within them and running down the course. The regatta carries insurance against the risk of water in the riverbed. The Henley-on-Todd Regatta
Henley-on-Todd Regatta
has once been cancelled, in 1993, due to flooding - the river had too much water for the race. Other events are held in the dry riverbed, including the closing ceremony for the 2006 Alice Festival. Camping in the riverbed is illegal, although this law is rarely enforced. A flow of water in the river is quite an event for the people of Alice Springs, who flock to the causeways and the Telegraph Station to play in the fleeting waters. Although the riverbed is wide and of gentle gradient through the town the opaque waters combined with trees, waterborne and man-made hazards make playing in the flowing river dangerous. Upstream from Alice Springs
Alice Springs
the Todd River
Todd River
descends quite rapidly, dropping 100 metres from Junction Waterhole to the Telegraph Station over 8 km of River length (5 km direct). This is a hilly area, and the river bed is strewn with rocks creating some lively rapids during the short-lived flood events. Many locals are wary of these waters, remembering the death of a local man in 1997 who drowned whilst riding the river on a lilo. Local paddlers have recently taken to kayaking this excellent section of grade 2 to 3 rapids. See also[edit]

Northern Territory
Northern Territory
portal Water
Water
portal Environment portal

List of rivers of Northern Territory

References[edit]

^ Todd River
Todd River
- A Rare Occurrence ^ "Todd River". www.bom.gov.au. Australian Bureau of Meteorology. c. 1995. Retrieved 13 January 2015.  ^ " Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Rotary Henley On Todd". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 

Further reading[edit]

Centralian Advocate (Newspaper of Alice Springs). Alice Springs
Alice Springs
News. [1] Wilkins, P. W. 2002. Henley on Todd Regatta
Regatta
- Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Todd River Photos, contacts, dates Henley on Todd Website - Next regatta Sat 30 Aug 2008 Ausemade, Todd River
Todd River
Photos, 2006-2007 [2] - Todd River
Todd River
- a rare occurrence

External links[edit]

Todd River
Todd River
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Coordinates: 23°45′00″S 133°52′38″E / 23.75°S 133.8772°E

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