Thunderbolts Way crosses Barnard River
|Name origin: In honour of Andrew Barnard|
|State||New South Wales|
|IBRA||New England Tablelands, Mid North Coast|
|Local government area||Mid-Coast Council|
|Part of||Manning River catchment|
|- left||Back River (Tamworth), Myall Creek|
|- right||Ben Halls Creek, Tomalla Creek, Schofields Creek, Orham Creek, Curricabark River|
|Source||Great Dividing Range|
|- location||near Hanging Rock, east of Nundle|
|- elevation||1,330 m (4,364 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Manning River|
|- location||near Bretti|
|- elevation||94 m (308 ft)|
|Length||148 km (92 mi)|
|National park||Woko National Park|
Course and features
Barnard River rises on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, near Hanging Rock, east of Nundle, and flows generally east southeast, joined by seven tributaries including the Bank and Curricabark rivers, before reaching its confluence with the Manning River, near Bretti. The river descends 1,240 metres (4,070 ft) over its 148 kilometres (92 mi) course.
The Barnard River Scheme, an inter-basin water transfer system, enables the transfer of up to 20,000 megalitres (710×106 cu ft) of water per annum from the Barnard River and the upper catchment of the Manning River into the Hunter River. The diversion involves the transfer of water from Orham Dam, impounded at Barnard Weir, and pumped over the Mount Royal Range and gravity fed into the Glenbawn Dam. The diverted water then feeds into the Hunter River above its confluence with the Goulburn River. Water is accessed from the Barnard River to meet any shortfall from the Hunter River system in order to feed Plashett Dam and Lake Liddell, that are needed for the cooling of the Bayswater and Liddell electric power stations. The scheme operates under a water licence issued by the NSW Government to Macquarie Generation.
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- "Macquarie Generation Hunter River Pump Station Augmentation Environmental Assessment" (PDF). Connell Wagner Pty Ltd. Macquarie Generation. 16 January 2007. p. 29. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Macquarie Generation". Office of Water. Department of Primary Industries. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Hunter River NSW". Hunter River Explorer. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Manning River catchments" (map). Office of Environment and Heritage. Government of New South Wales.