Oxley River

Oxley River, a perennial river of the Tweed River catchment, is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

Oxley River
Middle Arm Tweed River[1]
The mouth of the Oxley River, located in New South Wales
EtymologyIn honour of explorer, John Oxley
StateNew South Wales
RegionNSW North Coast (IBRA)
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Durigan, McPherson Range
Source confluenceHopping Dicks Creek and Tyalgum Creek
  locationnear Tyalgum
  elevation85 m (279 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Tweed River
Byangum, near Murwillumbah
28°21′20″S 153°21′38″E
7 m (23 ft)
Length23 km (14 mi)
Basin features
River systemTweed River catchment
National parkMount Warning NP

Course and features

Formed by the confluence of the Hopping Dicks Creek and Tyalgum Creek, Oxley River rises below Mount Durigan on the southern slopes of the McPherson Range, near Tyalgum, and flows generally south by east, and then east, before reaching its confluence with the Tweed River near Murwillumbah. The river descends 78 metres (256 ft) over its 23 kilometres (14 mi) course.[2]

In 2007, the federal government proposed damming the Rous River, Oxley River and Byrill Creek.[3] Local opposition to the plan was formed via the Save the Caldera Rivers Campaign, in an effort to stop the proposed dams from being built.

See also


  1. "Oxley River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. "Map of Oxley River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  3. "Committee wants more time for say on dam plans". ABC News. Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2009.

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