Goobang Creek

The Goobang Creek, a perennial stream of the Lachlan subcatchment, part of the Murrumbidgee catchment of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia.

Billabong, Coobang
Location of the Goobang Creek mouth in New South Wales
EtymologyAboriginal: a species of acacia[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionNSW South Western Slopes (IBRA), Central West
LGAParkes, Forbes
TownsParkes, Condobolin
Physical characteristics
SourceCurumbenya Range
  locationnorth of Wolabler Mountain
  coordinates32°58′53″S 148°25′11″E
  elevation504 m (1,654 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Lachlan River
33°5′20″S 147°9′26″E
192 m (630 ft)
Length217 km (135 mi)
Basin features
River systemLachlan sub–catchment,
Murray-Darling basin
  leftBillabong Creek (Goobang Creek), Crooked Creek (Goobang Creek), Gunningbland Creek
  rightRamsays 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.[3]

The Newell Highway crosses the creek near Parkes.[3]


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.[4]


Goobang is believed to be an Aboriginal word for a species of the acacia tree.[1]

See also


  1. "NSW Railway Station Names and Origins". NSW Rail. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  2. "Goobang Creek". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. "Map of Goobang Creek, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. "Ben Hall". NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages. Government of New South Wales. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007.

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