Gara River (Australia)

Gara River, a perennial river[1] that is a tributary of the Macleay River, is located in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia.

Gara River
Gyra River, Ryanda Creek, Falconer Creek, Malpas Creek[1]
Blue Hole in the Gara River, near Armidale
StateNew South Wales
RegionNew England Tablelands (IBRA), Northern Tablelands
Local government areasGuyra, Armidale Dumaresq
Physical characteristics
SourceBen Lomond Range,
Great Dividing Range
  locationnear Llangothlin
  elevation1,280 m (4,200 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Macleay River
Salisbury Waters within Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale
388 m (1,273 ft)
Length91 km (57 mi)
Basin features
River systemMacleay River
  leftCooney Creek
  rightRyanda Creek, Commissioners Waters, Powers Creek
National parkOxley Wild Rivers NP

Course and features

The river rises at the junction of the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and the Ben Lomond Range, near Llangothlin, and flows generally south and southeast, joined by four minor tributaries, until the river reaches a junction with Salisbury Waters within Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and descends to its confluence with the Macleay River, below Blue Nobby Mountain, south east of Armidale. The river descends 892 metres (2,927 ft) over its 91 kilometres (57 mi) course and is impounded by Guyra Dam and Malpas Reservoir.[2]

In its lower reaches, the Gara River is transversed by the Waterfall Way.[2]

See also


  1. "Gara River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. "Map of Gara River". Retrieved 6 February 2013.

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