The Goobang Creek, a perennial stream of the Lachlan sub–catchment, part of the Murrumbidgee catchment of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia.
|Etymology||Aboriginal: a species of acacia|
|State||New South Wales|
|Region||NSW South Western Slopes (IBRA), Central West|
|⁃ location||north of Wolabler Mountain|
|⁃ coordinates||32°58′53″S 148°25′11″E|
|⁃ elevation||504 m (1,654 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Lachlan River|
|192 m (630 ft)|
|Length||217 km (135 mi)|
|River system||Lachlan sub–catchment,|
|⁃ left||Billabong Creek (Goobang Creek), Crooked Creek (Goobang Creek), Gunningbland Creek|
|⁃ right||Ramsays Lagoon|
Course and features
The Goobang Creek rises in the Curumbenya Range, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Wolabler Mountain, east of Alectown. The creek flows generally southwest towards Parkes and then generally west, joined by three minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Lachlan River at Condobolin. The creek descends 312 metres (1,024 ft) over its 217-kilometre (135 mi) course.
The Newell Highway crosses the creek near Parkes.
Prior to European settlement, the catchment area of the creek was inhabited by the Wiradjuri people. Major Thomas Mitchell and John Oxley were early explorers in the area. The town of Condobolin was proclaimed in 1859. In the mid-1860s, gold was mined on the creek. The bushranger Ben Hall was shot dead at Goobang Creek in 1865.
- "NSW Railway Station Names and Origins". NSW Rail. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
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- "Map of Goobang Creek, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- "Ben Hall". NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages. Government of New South Wales. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007.
- "Lachlan River catchment" (map). Office of Environment and Heritage. Government of New South Wales.
- Trueman, Will (2012). True Tales of the Trout Cod: River Histories of the Murray–Darling Basin (Lachlan River catchment booklet) (PDF). Canberra: Murray–Darling Basin Authority. ISBN 978-1-921914-98-0. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 February 2014.