Charles River (Alice Springs)

The Charles River, which is often called Charles Creek is an ephemeral river in the southern Northern Territory. It is a tributary of the Todd River and, like the Todd River, its naming is associated with Charles Todd; a senior civil servant involved with the Overland Telegraph Line.[1]

The Arrernte name for the river is Anthelke Ulpaye[2][3] and this name is shared with a nearby Alice Springs Town Camp which is situated on its banks; the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, which was once The Bungalow is also situated close by.

Charles River is 19 kilometres (12 mi) long and has a catchment area of 39 kilometres (24 mi) and it flows into Alice Springs from the MacDonnell Ranges to ANZAC Hill, where it joins with the Todd River.[4] The area where the Charles and Todd Rivers meet is called Tyuretye (sometimes spelt Choritja) by the Arrernte people as the true central point of Alice Springs.[3]

See also


  1. "Place Names Register". Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  2. "AIATSIS Place Name Thesaurus - Results". Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  3. Brooks, David, 1950- (2003). A town like Mparntwe : a guide to the dreaming tracks and sites of Alice Springs. Alice Springs, NT: Jukurrpa Books. ISBN 1-86465-045-1. OCLC 56211336.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. "Todd River" (PDF). Bureau of Meteorology.

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