Orara River

Orara River, a perennial stream of the Clarence River catchment, is located in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales, Australia.

Orara River
Wooworra River[1]
EtymologyAboriginal: derived from Urara meaning "where the perch live"[1]
StateNew South Wales
IBRANSW North Coast
DistrictNorthern Rivers
local government areaClarence Valley
Physical characteristics
SourceDorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range
  locationeast of Dorrigo and west of Boambee
  elevation200 m (660 ft)
Mouthconfluence with Clarence River
southeast of Copmanhurst
5 m (16 ft)
Length156 km (97 mi)
Basin features
River systemClarence River catchment
  leftUrumbilum River, Nana Creek, Tallawudjah Creek, Coldwater Creek (New South Wales), Kangaroo River, Chambigne Creek
National parkDorrigo National Park

Course and features

Orara River rises on the eastern slopes of the Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range, east of Dorrigo and west of Boambee, and flows in a meandering course generally north east north and north-west, joined by six tributaries including Urumbilum River and Kangaroo River, before reaching its confluence with the Clarence River, southeast of Copmanhurst. The river descends 195 metres (640 ft) over its 156 kilometres (97 mi) course;[2] and flows through the Dorrigo National Park in its upper reaches.

Major communities along the river include Coramba, Nana Glen, Glenreagh, Coutts Crossing, Ramornie, and Eatonville.[2]

In recent years, the river has suffered from overuse, particularly due to irrigation projects and the river's use as the major source of water for the city of Coffs Harbour. This has led to siltation in the river, and the virtual decimation of the river's freshwater fish stocks.

The name of the river is believed to be derived from Urara, an Aboriginal phrase meaning "where the perch live".[1]

See also


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

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