Billabong Creek

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For the creek in the Murrumbidgee River catchment near Junee, New South Wales, see Billabong Creek (Junee).
For other uses, see Billabong (disambiguation).
Billabong Creek
Moulamein Creek[1]
Perennial creek[1]
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Billabong Creek at Moulamein.
Name origin: Aboriginal: an effluent from a river, sometimes separated from it, sometimes being joined again at time of flood.[1][2]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region Riverina (IBRA)
Local government area Urana
Part of Murray River catchment, Murray-Darling basin
Towns Morven, Culcairn, Walbundrie, Rand, Jerilderie, Conargo, Wanganella, Moulamein
Source confluence Yarra Yarra Creek and Little Billabong Creek
 - location near Holbrook
 - elevation 322 m (1,056 ft)
Mouth confluence with the Edward River
 - location Moulamein
 - elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Length 320 km (199 mi)
Basin 791 km2 (305 sq mi)
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The Billabong Creek, a party perennial stream[1] of the Murray River catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia.

At 320 kilometres (200 mi) (with some estimates ranging up to 596 kilometres (370 mi)[4]), Billabong Creek is held to be is the longest creek in the world.[3]

Course and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the Yarra Yarra Creek and Little Billabong Creek, Billabong Creek rises on the Great Dividing Range, north of Holbrook, and flows generally west, northwest, and west, joined by sixteen minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Edward River, at Moulamein. The creek descends 252 metres (827 ft)[4] over its 320 kilometres (200 mi) course.

From source to mouth, the creek passes through the towns of Morven, Culcairn, Walbundrie, Rand, Jerilderie, Conargo, Wanganella, and Moulamein.

The creek has a catchment area of 791 square kilometres (305 sq mi) and is the main present drainange line between the Murray and the Murrumbidgee rivers.[5] Alluvial deposits from the system fill a long narrow paleovalley that extends for about 150 kilometres (93 mi) between Garryowen to Walla Walla.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Billabong Creek". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia. Frenchs Forest, New South Wales: Reed Books. p. 31. ISBN 0-589-50128-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Billabong Creek Salt Interception Scheme". NSW Department of Primary Industries: Office of Water. 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Map of Billabong Creek, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Water Resources Overview - New South Wales". ANRA. Government of Australia. 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 

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Coordinates: 35°24′S 146°08′E / 35.400°S 146.133°E / -35.400; 146.133