Nambucca River

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Nambucca River
North Creek, Bowra River[1]
Open/trained mature wave dominated barrier estuary[2]
Nambucca River - North Coast Railway Bridge.JPG
North Coast Railway Bridge at Macksville
Country Australia
State New South Wales
IBRA NSW North Coast
District Mid North Coast
local government area Nambucca
 - left Missabotti Creek, Newee Creek (New South Wales)
 - right South Creek (Nambucca), Taylors Arm
Towns Bowraville, Macksville, Nambucca Heads
Source Killiekrankie Mountain, Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range
 - elevation 594 m (1,949 ft)
Mouth Tasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
 - location Nambucca Heads
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Length 87 km (54 mi)
Depth 2.0 m (7 ft)
Volume 23,227 m3 (820,254 cu ft)
Basin 1,299 km2 (502 sq mi)
Area 12.6 km2 (5 sq mi)
Website: NSW Environment and Heritage webpage

Nambucca River, an open and trained mature wave dominated barrier estuary,[2] is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

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;[3] 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[edit]


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

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Coordinates: 30°39′S 153°01′E / 30.650°S 153.017°E / -30.650; 153.017