Coolaburragundy River

Coolaburragundy River, a perennial stream that is part of the Talbragar catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the Orana district of New South Wales, Australia.

Coolaburragundy River
Coolah Creek[1]
Upper valley of Coolaburragundy River, near Coolah
StateNew South Wales
RegionIBRA: Brigalow Belt South
Physical characteristics
SourceLiverpool Range and Great Dividing Range
  locationPandoras Pass, north-east of Coolah
  elevation656 m (2,152 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Talbragar River
near Leadville
286 m (938 ft)
Length68.9 km (42.8 mi)
Basin features
River systemMurray–Darling basin

The river rises on the south-western slopes of the Liverpool Range, at the junction of the Great Dividing Range, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-east of the town of Coolah at Pandoras Pass. Runoff from Coolah Tops National Park also flows into the river,[3] as it flows generally south westerly and is joined by three minor tributaries, before reaching its mouth at the confluence with the Talbragar River near Leadville;[4] dropping 265 metres (869 ft) over its course of 69 kilometres (43 mi).[2]

There is sufficient water for limited irrigated cropping on the fertile alluvial soils along the valley. Although the river itself is usually dry, an aquifer lies below the Coolaburragundy valley between Coolah and Dunedoo.[3]

The Craboon-Coolah branch off the Gwabegar railway line, closed in c. 1982, ran close to the Coolaburragundy River throughout its length.

See also


  1. "Coolaburragundy River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  2. "Map of Coolaburragundy River". Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  3. "Groundwater Management Unit: Coolaburragundy - Talbragar Valley Alluvium". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  4. "Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc: Coolaburragundy River". Bottles from the basin. National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 19 January 2013.

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