Rufus River

Rufus River, a watercourse of the Murray catchment and part of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the western Riverina region of south western New South Wales, Australia.

Rufus River
A section of the Rufus River between Lake Victoria and the Murray River, near the Lake Victoria outlet regulator
EtymologyIn honour of George Macleay, who had red hair[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionIBRA: Riverina
DistrictFar West
Physical characteristics
SourceLake Victoria
Mouthconfluence with the Murray River
at Devils Elbow, near Rufus
Length5 km (3.1 mi)
Basin features
River systemMurray River, Murray–Darling basin

The river leaves Lake Victoria, flowing generally west and then south-west, before reaching its confluence with the Murray River, at Lock 7, near Rufus.

Rufus River was visited by European explorer, Charles Sturt, in 1830, and named after his red-haired (or rufus) travelling companion, George Macleay.

See also


  1. "Rufus River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 February 2013.

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