Bellinger River

Bellinger River, an open and trained mature wave dominated, barrier estuary,[3] is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Bellinger River
North Arm Bellingen River, North Arm Bellinger River[1]
StateNew South Wales
IBRANSW North Coast
DistrictMid North Coast
Local government areaBellingen
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
  locationbelow Point Lookout, near Ebor
  elevation1,150 m (3,770 ft)
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
east of Urunga
0 m (0 ft)
Length109 km (68 mi)
Basin size1,100 km2 (420 sq mi)
Basin features
  leftHydes Creek, Woods Creek (New South Wales), Never Never River
  rightBoggy Creek
National ParksNew England NP, Bellinger River NP

Course and features

Bellinger River rises below Point Lookout within the Great Dividing Range, southeast of Ebor, and flows in a meandering course generally east, joined by four tributaries including Never Never River, before reaching its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, east of Urunga. The river descends 1,150 metres (3,770 ft) over its 109 kilometres (68 mi) course.[2]

Parts of the Bellinger River are contained within the Bellinger River National Park and the New England National Park. Other land uses in the valley include livestock grazing and forestry.

Waterfall Way is located adjacent to the middle reaches of the Bellinger River; and towards its mouth, the river is transversed by the Pacific Highway, near Raleigh.

A rare Australian turtle, the Emydura macquarii (or the Bellinger River freshwater turtle), has a restricted distribution in the upper Bellinger River above Thora.[4]


Clement Hodgkinson was the first European to explore the area in March 1841.

See also


  1. "Bellinger River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  2. "Map of Bellinger River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  3. Roy, P. S; Williams, R. J; Jones, A. R; Yassini, I; et al. (2001). "Structure and Function of South-east Australian Estuaries". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 53: 351–384. doi:10.1006/ecss.2001.0796.
  4. "Bellinger River Emydura (Emydura macquarii) Recovery Plan". NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. ISBN 0-731-36367-1. Retrieved 12 December 2008.

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