Goulburn River (New South Wales)

Goulburn River, a perennial river of the Hunter River catchment, is located in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

Goulburn River
Reedy Creek[1]
EtymologyIn honour of Henry Goulburn[2]
StateNew South Wales
RegionNSW North Coast (IBRA), Upper Hunter
Local government areaMid-Western Regional
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
Source confluenceMoolarben Creek and Sportsmans Hollow Creek
  locationnear Ulan
  elevation434 m (1,424 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Hunter River
south Denman
97 m (318 ft)
Length221 km (137 mi)
Basin features
River systemHunter River catchment
  leftMunmurra River, Krui River, Poggy Creek, Tunbridge Creek, Bow River, Merriwa River, Eckfords Creek, Worondi Rivulet, Giants Creek, Wybong Creek
  rightWollar Creek, Rocky Creek (New South Wales), Bylong River, Mount Misery Creek, Honeysuckle Creek (New South Wales), Kerrabee Creek, Quarry Creek, Widden Brook, Baerami Creek, Kings Creek (New South Wales)
National parksGoulburn River NP

Course and features

Goulburn River rises at the confluence of Moolarben Creek and Sportsmans Hollow Creek, on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, near the village of Ulan, east of Mudgee and flows generally eastward, joined by twenty-one tributaries including the Munmurra, Krui, Bylong, Bow, and Merriwa rivers and Worondi Rivulet. The river reaches its confluence with the Hunter River, south of Denman. The majority of the course of the river flows through the Goulburn River National Park. The river descends 337 metres (1,106 ft) over its 221 kilometres (137 mi) course.[3]


William Lawson explored the area in 1823. Goulburn River was named in honour of Henry Goulburn, a British politician in the 1820s.[2]

See also


  1. "Goulburn River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. Reed, A. W. (1984). Place names of Australia (3rd reprint ed.). Sydney: Reed Books. p. 108. ISBN 0-589-50128-3.
  3. "Map of Goulburn River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2013.

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