Crystal Brook (creek)

The Crystal Brook is an ephemeral stream located in the Mid North region of the Australian state of South Australia.

Location of the river mouth in South Australia
StateSouth Australia
RegionMid North
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Zion
  locationWirrabara Forest
  elevation367 m (1,204 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Broughton River
west of Crystal Brook
33°21′S 138°06′E
46 m (151 ft)
Length41 km (25 mi)
Basin features
River systemBroughton River
WaterholeBeetaloo Reservoir

Course and features

The stream was named in 1839 by the explorer Edward John Eyre for its clear water.[2] Eyre is recorded as saying that it "so forcibly reminded me of the beautiful bubbling brooks at home (England) that I at once named it the Chrystal Brook".

In most of its length it is normally a dry creek; it rises in the Wirrabara Forest area and is one of the major tributaries to the Broughton River, which it joins about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the latter's mouth. At Bowman Park there is a permanent spring, and this is probably the 'Crystal' water that Eyre was referring to when he named the stream. The brook only flows for its whole length following exceptional rains or a wetter than usual winter or spring.

See also


  1. "Map of Crystal Brook, SA". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. "Search for 'Crystal Brook, STRM'". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. SA0017048. Retrieved 10 July 2017. Other Details: Named by Eyre in 1839. Dual named as Crystal Brook / Mercowie.

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