Karuah River

Karuah River, an open semi-mature tide dominated drowned valley estuary[4] is located in the Mid North Coast and Hunter regions of New South Wales, Australia.

Karuah River
Karuah River Left Hand Branch[1], Clyde[2]
Karuah Bridge over the Karuah River at Karuah.
StateNew South Wales
RegionNSW North Coast (IBRA), Mid North Coast, Hunter
Local government areaMid-Coast Council
TownStroud, Karuah
Physical characteristics
SourceGloucester Tops, Great Dividing Range
  locationbelow The Mountaineer, southwest of Gloucester
  elevation598 m (1,962 ft)
MouthPort Stephens
0 m (0 ft)
Length101 km (63 mi)
Basin features
  leftMartins Creek (New South Wales), Lawlers Creek, Mammy Johnsons River, Mill Creek (New South Wales), Alderley Creek, Booral Creek, Snapes Creek, The Branch River
  rightWhispering Gully, Telegherry River, Scotters Creek, Deep Creek (New South Wales), Limeburners Creek

Course and features

Karuah River rises on the southeastern slopes of Gloucester Tops of the Great Dividing Range, below The Mountaineer, southwest of Gloucester, and flows generally southeast and south. joined by eleven tributaries including the Telegherry, Mammy Johnsons, and The Branch rivers, before reaching its mouth within Port Stephens at Karuah, and then flows out to the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The river descends 600 metres (2,000 ft) over its 101 kilometres (63 mi) course.[3]


Initially named Clyde by Lachlan Macquarie, the use of the Aboriginal name became prevalent subsequently.[2]

See also


  1. "Karuah River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  2. Dow, L; Guyon, D; Irving, R; McPhee, M; Matthews, A; Prineas, P; Rubinich, T; Simpson, J (1995). Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places. Surry Hills, NSW: Reader's Digest. p. 68. ISBN 0-86438-399-1.
  3. "Map of Karuah River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. Roy, P. S; Williams, R. J; Jones, A. R; Yassini, I; et al. (2001). "Structure and Function of South-east Australian Estuaries". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 53: 351–384. doi:10.1006/ecss.2001.0796.

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