Severn River (New South Wales)

The Severn River , a perennial river that forms part of the Border Rivers group, is part of the Macintyre catchment of the Murray-Darling basin, located in the Northern Tablelands and North West Slopes regions of New South Wales, Australia.

Severn River, at Dundee
Location of Severn River (NSW) mouth in New South Wales
EtymologyAfter Severn Valley (England)[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionsNorthern Tablelands, North West Slopes
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
  locationnortheast of Glen Innes
  coordinates29°38′12″S 151°56′52″E
  elevation1,110 m (3,640 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Macintyre River
north of Wallangra
29°07′40″S 150°58′06″E
284 m (932 ft)
Length205 km (127 mi)
Basin features
River systemMacintyre River catchment,
Murray–Darling basin
  leftBeardy Waters
ReservoirLake Pindari

Course and features

The river rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, north of Glen Innes and flows generally northwest, joined by eleven tributaries, including Beardy Waters, and impounded by Lake Pindari, near Ashford. The river reaches its confluence with the Macintyre River, north of Wallangra; descending 825 metres (2,707 ft) over its 205-kilometre (127 mi) course.


The Severn River flows through Kwaimbal National Park. A rare plant, the Severn River heath-myrtle is restricted to the Severn River Nature Reserve and an adjacent property, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-west of Glen Innes.[4]

Excellent fishing can be found along the river and is regularly stocked with native fingerlings, Murray Cod and Golden Perch.

The Severn River Rail Bridge on the now disused Main North Railway Line, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west-south-west of Dundee has been placed on the Register of the National Estate. This bridge consists of a series of timber trusses completed in 1886 and is long, with fifteen spans totalling 159 metres (522 ft). When completed it was the longest timber truss bridge in Australia.

See also


  1. "Severn River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  2. "Map of Severn River, NSW (east of Ashford)". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. "Map of Severn River, NSW (north west of Ashford)". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. "Severn River Heath-myrtle". New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
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