Guy Fawkes River

Guy Fawkes River, a perennial stream[3] that is part of the Clarence River catchment, is in the New England and Northern Tablelands districts of New South Wales, Australia.

Guy Fawkes River
Upper and lower Ebor Falls, within Guy Fawkes River National Park, 2008
EtymologyExplored by European settlers on Guy Fawkes Day, 1845[1]
StateNew South Wales
IBRANew England Tablelands
DistrictNew England, Northern Tablelands
Physical characteristics
SourceSnowy Range, Great Dividing Range
  locationsoutheast of Ebor
  elevation1,410 m (4,630 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Sara River to form the Boyd River
within Guy Fawkes River National Park
304 m (997 ft)
Length101 km (63 mi)
Basin features
River systemClarence River catchment
  leftAberfoyle River, Doughboy Creek
  rightPantons Creek, Marengo Creek
National parkGuy Fawkes River NP

Course and features

Guy Fawkes River rises below Majors Point, on the northern slopes of the Snowy Range, an eastern spur of the Great Dividing Range, east of the village of Ebor. The river spills over the 115 metres (377 ft) columned basalt rock Ebor Falls,[4] and enters a deep valley, joined by four tributaries, including Aberfoyle River, flowing generally northward and eventually forming its confluence with the Sara River to form the Boyd River. The river descends 1,110 metres (3,640 ft) over its 101 kilometres (63 mi) course;[2] and passes below Round Mountain, the highest peak of the Northern Tablelands.

The river's course generally runs from the south to north along the valley of the Demon Fault Line, within the Guy Fawkes River National Park.[5] Adjoining the national park are the Guy Fawkes River Nature Reserve and Guy Fawkes River State Conservation Area.

The Bicentennial National Trail runs along the western side of Guy Fawkes River on what is a travelling stock route.[6]

The largest of the Grevillea genus, Southern Silky Oak, or Grevillea robusta, is distributed in the Guy Fawkes River area, which is the southern limit of its natural environment. It has attractive orange-yellow flowers and may reach up to 35 metres (115 ft) with a trunk diameter in excess of 1 metre (3 ft 3 in).[7]


The river is named after Guy Fawkes Day. Major Edward Parke named the Guy Fawkes River after camping nearby on Guy Fawkes Day, 5 November 1845.[1]

See also


  1. "Why you should visit". Guy Fawkes River National Park. NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  2. "Guy Fawkes River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  3. "Guy Fawkes River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. "Dorrigo: Things to see". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  5. Guy Fawkes River National Park (leaflet ed.). NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. 2004.
  6. "Guy Fawkes". NSW Wilderness Index. The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd. September 1999. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  7. Floyd, A. G (1978). Grevillea robusta (PDF). NSW Rainforest Trees: Research Note No. 35. Forestry Commission of New South Wales. p. 14. ISSN 0085-3984. Retrieved 1 March 2013.

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