View south from Byron Bay, the most easterly point on mainland Australia.
|Population||277,284 (2011 census)|
|• Density||13.37430/km2 (34.63928/sq mi)|
|Area||20,732.6 km2 (8,004.9 sq mi)|
Northern Rivers is a region of the Australian state of New South Wales, located between 590 kilometres (370 mi) and 820 kilometres (510 mi) north of the state capital, Sydney. At its most northern point, the region is 102 kilometres (63 mi) south south–east of the Queensland capital, Brisbane.
As with all regions of New South Wales, it has no official status, although state government department offices and local governments in the area work together for purposes such as tourism, education, water catchment management and waste management. This area has a mild, sub-tropical climate.
The Northern Rivers region is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the New England region to the west where the Great Dividing Range forms a mountainous boundary. To the north is the border between New South Wales and Queensland, where the Darling Downs are located to the north–west and South East Queensland directly to the north.
Demography and area
The following local government areas are contained within the region:
|Ballina||39,274||485.4 km2 (187.4 sq mi)|
|Byron||29,209||566.6 km2 (218.8 sq mi)|
|Clarence Valley||49,665||10,441.2 km2 (4,031.4 sq mi)|
|Kyogle||9,228||3,589.1 km2 (1,385.8 sq mi)|
|Lismore||42,766||1,289.6 km2 (497.9 sq mi)|
|Richmond Valley||22,037||3,051.4 km2 (1,178.2 sq mi)|
|Tweed||85,105||1,309.3 km2 (505.5 sq mi)|
|Total||277,284||20,732.6 km2 (8,004.9 sq mi)|
The region contains the Southern Cross University, which is headquartered at Lismore and has campuses in Tweed Heads and Coffs Harbour. The North Coast Institute of TAFE has campuses at Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Grafton, Kingscliff, Maclean, Trenayr and Wollongbar.
The region has a history of Italian settlement. The locality of New Italy was settled in 1882 by Italian pioneers who attempted to cultivate the area's difficult interior.