Forbes River (New South Wales)

Forbes River, a perennial river of the Hastings River catchment, is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Forbes River
Forbes River, viewed from the Forbes River Road.
EtymologyIn honour of Francis Forbes[1]
StateNew South Wales
IBRANSW North Coast
DistrictMid North Coast
Local government areaPort Macquarie-Hastings
Physical characteristics
Sourcewest of Spokes Mountain in Abbotsmith Ridge, Great Dividing Range
  locationWilli Willi National Park
  elevation1,060 m (3,480 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Hastings River
near Yarras
95 m (312 ft)
Length53 km (33 mi)
Basin features
River systemHastings River catchment
National parksWilli 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.[2]

The river was named by Surveyor-General John Oxley in honour of Francis Forbes, who later became first Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court.[1]

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.

See also


  1. "Forbes River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. "Map of Forbes River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 14 March 2013.

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