Merriwa River

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

Merriwa River
Smiths Rivulet, Merriwa Creek, Middle Creek, Harrys Creek[1]
EtymologyAboriginal: "grass seeds"[2]
StateNew South Wales
RegionNSW North Coast (IBRA), Upper Hunter
Local government areaUpper Hunter
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
  locationOxleys Peak
  elevation475 m (1,558 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Goulburn River
below Mount Kerrabee
158 m (518 ft)
Length78 km (48 mi)
Basin features
River systemHunter River catchment
  leftCoulsons Creek, Butchers Swamp Creek, Vallances Creek, Horse Creek (New South Wales), Kittens Creek
  rightGummum Creek, Farm Springs Creek, Scrubby Creek
National parkGoulburn River NP

Course and features

Merriwa River rises on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, below Oxleys Peak, north of Merriwa and flows generally south, joined by eight minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Goulburn River below Mount Kerrabee. The river descends 317 metres (1,040 ft) over its 78 kilometres (48 mi) course.[3]

At the town of Merriwa, the Golden Highway crosses the Merriwa River.[3]

Merriwa is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "grass seeds."[2]

See also


  1. "Merriwa River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  2. "Travel: Merriwa". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. "Map of Merriwa River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2013.

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