Nambucca River

Nambucca River, an open and trained mature wave dominated barrier estuary,[3] is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Nambucca River
North Creek, Bowra River[1]
North Coast Railway Bridge at Macksville
StateNew South Wales
IBRANSW North Coast
DistrictMid North Coast
local government areaNambucca
Physical characteristics
SourceKilliekrankie Mountain, Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range
  elevation594 m (1,949 ft)
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
Nambucca Heads
0 m (0 ft)
Length87 km (54 mi)
Basin size1,299 km2 (502 sq mi)
Basin features
  leftMissabotti Creek, Newee Creek (New South Wales)
  rightSouth Creek (Nambucca), Taylors Arm

Course and features

Nambucca River rises below Killiekrankie Mountain on the Dorrigo Plateau, part of the Great Dividing Range, and flows generally east southeast, joined by four tributaries including Taylors Arm, before reaching its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, at Nambucca Heads. The river descends 594 metres (1,949 ft) over its 87 kilometres (54 mi) course;[2] adjacent to the towns of Bowraville, Macksville and Nambucca Heads.

The Nambucca River area has a fine subtropical climate, high rainfall and fertile volcanic soils. It was originally covered by rainforest, much of which has been cleared, although some rainforests remain in several national parks and reserves. The lowlands along the river are used for farming.

Nambucca River is transversed by the Pacific Highway and the North Coast railway line, near Macksville.

See also


  1. "Nambucca River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. "Map of Nambucca River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  3. 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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