Dry River (Northern Territory)

The Dry River is a river in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Location of the Dry River mouth in the Northern Territory
TerritoryNorthern Territory
RegionKatherine Region
Physical characteristics
  locationTinker Hill, Sturt Plateau, Australia
  elevation206 m (676 ft)
King River, Australia
14°53′40″S 132°24′9″E
128 m (420 ft)
Length271 km (168 mi)
Basin size3,000 km2 (1,200 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemKing River

The headwaters of the river rise under Tinker Hill in the Fitzgerald Range just north of Birrimba Station homestead. The river floes in a north easterly direction moving across the mostly uninhabited plains through Dry River Station and then discharges into the King River, of which it is a tributary, and eventually flows into the Timor Sea.

The only tributary of the Dry River is Forrest Creekk.[1]

The river's catchment covers an area of 3,000 square kilometres (1,158 sq mi).[2] The eastern parts of the catchment are bounded by the Sturt Plateau. Upper parts of the river have been described as weakly developed.[3]

Western Creek was once a major tributary of the Dry River but it now flows into Elsey Creek.[3] There are a number of waterholes which are permanent on the black soil plains of the river.[3]

See also


  1. "Map of Dry River, NT". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  2. K. J. Day and B. A. Forster (1978). "Land systems of the Dry River area, Northern Territory". Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. Des Yin Foo (June 2002). "Water Resources of the Sturt Plateau region, overview report". Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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