Forbes River (New South Wales)
Forbes River, viewed from the Forbes River Road.
|Etymology||In honour of Francis Forbes|
|State||New South Wales|
|IBRA||NSW North Coast|
|District||Mid North Coast|
|Local government area||Port Macquarie-Hastings|
|Source||west of Spokes Mountain in Abbotsmith Ridge, Great Dividing Range|
|⁃ location||Willi Willi National Park|
|⁃ elevation||1,060 m (3,480 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Hastings River|
|95 m (312 ft)|
|Length||53 km (33 mi)|
|River system||Hastings River catchment|
|National parks||Willi Willi, Werrikimbe|
Course and features
Forbes River rises west of Spokes Mountain, on the northern slopes of Abbotsmith Ridge, Great Dividing Range, within Willi Willi National Park, and flows generally south before reaching its confluence with the Hastings River, near Yarras. The river descends 965 metres (3,166 ft) over its 53 kilometres (33 mi) course.
Areas adjacent to the Forbes River were an important source of logging timber with several sawmills operating along the river. The lower reaches were used for dairying, but these farms now rear beef cattle. Dingos, carpet pythons, and goannas inhabit parts of the Forbes River.