Horton River (New South Wales)

The Horton River, a perennial stream[1] of the Barwon catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Northern Tablelands and North West Slopes districts of New South Wales, Australia.

EtymologyIn honour of Robert Wilmot Horton[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionNorthern Tablelands (IBRA), New England, North West Slopes
MunicipalitiesGwydir, Moree Plains
Physical characteristics
SourceNandewar Range
  locationbelow Mount Kaputar
  elevation1,330 m (4,360 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Gwydir River
between Bingara and Gravesend
270 m (890 ft)
Length134 km (83 mi)
Basin features
River systemBarwon River, Murray–Darling basin

Course and features

The river rises on the northern slopes of the Nandewar Range, below Mount Kaputar, and flows generally southeast and north, joined by six tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Gwydir River, north west of Bingara; descending 1,060 metres (3,480 ft) over its 134 kilometres (83 mi) course.[2]

The valley of the Horton River is used for grazing and some cropping. It is a sparsely populated area with no significant towns. There is a small village called Upper Horton. The valley is traversed by the Narrabri-Bingara Road. Other nearby towns, outside the valley, are Barraba, Bingara, and Narrabri.

The Horton River is a source of floodwater for the Gwydir River and Mehi River and can flood the town Moree.

See also


  1. "Horton River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  2. "Map of Horton River". Bonzle.com. Retrieved 7 February 2013.

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