Myall River

Myall River, an open semi-mature brackish freshwater barrier estuary[5] of the Mid-Coast Council[3] system, is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Myall River
Upper Myall River[1]
Singing Bridge across the Myall River at Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest.
EtymologyAboriginal: myall, a small silver-grey wattle tree[2]
StateNew South Wales
RegionNSW North Coast (IBRA), Mid North Coast, Hunter
Local government areaMid-Coast Council
TownBulahdelah, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest
Physical characteristics
SourceKyle Range, Great Dividing Range
  locationnorth northeast of Stroud
  elevation352 m (1,155 ft)
MouthPort Stephens
at Hawks Nest
0 m (0 ft)
Length92 km (57 mi)
Basin size819 km2 (316 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemMid-Coast Council[3]
  leftKyle Creek, Pipers Creek (Great Lakes, New South Wales)
  rightCrawford River, Little Myall River, Monkey Jacket Creek
National parkMyall Lakes NP

Course and features

Myall River rises of the southern slopes of Kyle Range within the Great Dividing Range, north northeast of Stroud, and flows generally south southeast then southwest, joined by tributaries including, before reaching its mouth within Port Stephens at Hawks Nest. Port Stephens then empties into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The river descends 355 metres (1,165 ft) over its 92 kilometres (57 mi) course.[4]

After flowing past the town of Bulahdelah, east of the small settlement of Nerong, the Myall River enters the most southern of the three Ramsar-protected Myall Lakes, Bombah Broadwater, within the Myall Lakes National Park. The flow of the river runs adjacent to the coastline and through both the Little Brasswater and the Brasswater near the towns of Tea Gardens, and Hawks Nest.[4]

Two notable bridges cross the Myall River. The Bulahdelah Bridge, carries the Pacific Highway, across the river north of Bulahdelah and the Singing Bridge crosses the river between Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest..


The word myall is an Australian Aboriginal term for a small silver-grey wattle tree.[2]

See also


  1. "Myall River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  2. Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (1984 reprint ed.). Reed Books. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-589-07115-8.
  3. "Lakes". Great Lakes Tourism. Mid-Coast Council. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  4. "Map of Myall River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  5. 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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