Arnold River (Northern Territory)

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Name origin: Richard Aldous Arnold[1]
Country Australia
Territory Northern Territory
Part of Roper River
 - right Williams Creek (Northern Territory), Horse Creek (Northern Territory)
Source northeast of the Bullwaddy Conservation Reserve
 - elevation 262 m (860 ft)
 - coordinates 16°18′21″S 134°8′40″E / 16.30583°S 134.14444°E / -16.30583; 134.14444
Mouth Hodgson River
 - location south of Hodgson Downs
 - elevation 74 m (243 ft)
 - coordinates 15°21′48″S 134°8′47″E / 15.36333°S 134.14639°E / -15.36333; 134.14639Coordinates: 15°21′48″S 134°8′47″E / 15.36333°S 134.14639°E / -15.36333; 134.14639
Length 185.8 km (115 mi)
and lagoons
Anderson Waterhole; Ambullya Waterhole; Minimere Lagoon; McDonald Lagoon
Arnold River (Northern Territory) is located in Northern Territory
Arnold River (Northern Territory)
Location of the Arnold River mouth in the Northern Territory

The Arnold River is a river in the north of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Course and features[edit]

The Arnold River rises about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of the Bullwaddy Conservation Reserve and north of the Carpentaria Highway. It flows to the town Minamia (Cox River) in the Aboriginal reserve Alawa and then turns northwest and flows about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Hodgson Downs in the Hodgson River.[4] The river is joined by two tributaries including the Williams and Horse creeks and flows through a series of lagoons and waterholes before reaching its river mouth.[2][3]


The river is named for Richard Aldous Arnold, a pastoralist and politician, who purchased a pastoral lease in the area in 1895. The lease was a part of the Hodgson Downs cattle station. He sold his interest in 1905 and continued his political career as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Place Names Register Extract - Arnold River". NT Place Names Register. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Map of Arnold River, NT (1)". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Arnold River, NT (2)". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Parish, Steve (2007). Australian Touring Atlas. Archerfield QLD: Steve Parish Publishing. p. S97. ISBN 978-1-74193-232-4.