Australian Rivers and Waterways
"From the Snowy Mountains Scheme to flash flooding rivers - Australia has some very unique Dams & Rivers!"
Discover our Unique Waterways
Australia is mostly an arid country however the northern tropics and eastern ranges provide much-needed rainfall that feed a unique water system that spreads right across the continent.
Lake Eyre in northern South Australia is the largest of many similar lakes that spring to life when the rains bring cascades of water flowing down dry river beds.
The fish are resurrected from muddy holes and before the water has reached Lake Eyre the birds have come from literally hundreds of miles around to have their once in ten years or so banquet.
Nevertheless, the Murray River system is one of the longest in the world as it gathers water from nearly half of Australia's land mass and dumps it in the Great Southern Oceanb at Goolwa, yet another strange yet wonderful Australian phenomenoum.
While Australia has a number of major rivers the Murray is one of the most interesting; for instance the Murray River is the THIRD longest river that can be navigated in the world, only after the Amazon and Nile. The overall total length is some 2756 kilometres stretching form it's from its source in the Upper Murray and the Kosciusko NATIONAL PARK.
The river runs through three states Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and has four major dams, a number of storage weirs and locks it is the major domestic water supply for over 1.5 million households. The ABORIGINALS have had an interest in the river for some 40,000 years and golfers love the place as there are some thirty seven golf courses along the banks.
>Other Australian Rivers of interest are the Murrumbidgee which flows some nine hundred kilometers, west-northwesterly from the bottom of Peppercorn Hill in the Fiery Range of the Snowy Mountains, right through the Australian Capital Territory to a confluence with the Murray.
The Darling River which is one of the longest rivers the third longest in fact in the country, measuring some 1,475 kilometers from northern New South Wales to its confluence with? YEP! You guessed it - the Murray River - at Wentworth in southern NSW on the border with Victoria in the picturesque SUNRAYSIA DISTRICT.
The Lachlan River is another significant river that flows as a continuous river only in wet seasons; west and then south from central New South Wales, terminating in the Great Cumbung swamp near Oxley.
Wyangala Dam was built not far from Cowra NSW to assist in the flow of the Lachlan River, with it joining the Murrumbidgee River to the south.
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