Dumaresq River

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Dumaresq River (Karaula)
Macintyre Brook, Dumaresq or Severn River[1][2]
Perennial stream[1]
Dumaresq River near Texas, Queensland.
On the left bank is Queensland; on the right bank is New South Wales.
Name origin: in honour of the Dumaresq family, relatives of Ralph Darling[1]
Country Australia
States New South Wales, Queensland
Regions New England Tablelands (IBRA), Northern Tablelands, Darling Downs, North West Slopes
Municipalities Inverell, Glen Innes Severn, Goondiwindi, Moree Plains
Part of Macintyre River, Murray–Darling basin
 - left Beardy River, Macintyre Brook
 - right Severn River (Queensland)
Source Great Dividing Range
 - location near Mole River, New South Wales
 - elevation 381 m (1,250 ft)
Secondary source
 - location near Stanthorpe, Queensland
Mouth confluence with the Macintyre River
 - location near Boggabilla
 - elevation 227 m (745 ft)
Length 214 km (133 mi)

Dumaresq River /djˈmɛrɪk/, a perennial stream of the Macintyre catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the Northern Tablelands and North West Slopes districts of New South Wales and the Darling Downs district of Queensland, Australia.

Part of the course of the river marks the boundary between Queensland and New South Wales.

The river rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, near Mole River in New South Wales. The upper reaches of the Dumaresq River, namely the Queensland branch of the Severn River, form north of Stanthorpe, in Queensland. The Dumaresq River flows generally southwest and northwest, joined by fourteen tributaries, including the Severn (Queensland), Beardy River, and Macintyre Brook, before reaching its confluence with the Macintyre River, near Boggabilla; descending 154 metres (505 ft) over its 214 kilometres (133 mi) course.

The Dumaresq River, together with Pike Creek, the Mole, Beardy, Severn (Queensland), Severn (New South Wales), and Macintyre rivers are all part of the Border Rivers group. The Dumaresq River flows through Bonshaw, New South Wales and Yelarbon and Texas in Queensland. South of Texas, the Bruxner Highway crosses the Dumaresq River.


The traditional custodians of the land surrounding the Dumaresq River are the Aboriginal Bigambul peoples, who called the river Karaula.[1] The Kamilaroi people also have strong connections to the river.[citation needed]

The river was first sighted by European explorer and botanist, Allan Cunningham, in 1827 and named in honour of Lt-Colonel Henry Dumaresq, a relative of Ralph Darling,[1][2] the Governor of New South Wales at that time.

Current use[edit]

Within the river valley there are vineyards and numerous spots for fishing. Farmers in the valley once supported the tobacco industry with crop.

In April 2011, the water hyacinth weed was found in the river system for the first time.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dumaresq River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Dumaresq River". Place name details. Queensland Government. 16 December 1972. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Map of Dumaresq River". Bonzle.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Low, Marie (13 April 2011). "Flood brings weed threat". Tenterfield Star. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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Coordinates: 28°40′S 150°28′E / 28.667°S 150.467°E / -28.667; 150.467