Bellinger River

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Bellinger River
North Arm Bellingen River, North Arm Bellinger River[1]
Open/trained mature wave dominated, barrier estuary[2]
Bellinger River NSW 1.jpg
Country Australia
State New South Wales
IBRA NSW North Coast
District Mid North Coast
Local government area Bellingen
 - left Hydes Creek, Woods Creek (New South Wales), Never Never River
 - right Boggy Creek
Towns Bellingen, Mylestom
Source Great Dividing Range
 - location below Point Lookout, near Ebor
 - elevation 1,150 m (3,773 ft)
Mouth Tasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
 - location east of Urunga
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Length 109 km (68 mi)
Depth 1.8 m (6 ft)
Volume 14,442 m3 (510,014 cu ft)
Basin 1,100 km2 (425 sq mi)
Area 8.2 km2 (3 sq mi)
National Parks New England NP, Bellinger River NP

Bellinger River, an open and trained mature wave dominated, barrier estuary,[2] is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Bellinger River Valley, as seen from Point Lookout, 1995

Bellinger River rises below Point Lookout within the Great Dividing Range, southeast of Ebor, and flows in a meandering course generally east, joined by four tributaries including Never Never River, before reaching its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, east of Urunga. The river descends 1,150 metres (3,770 ft) over its 109 kilometres (68 mi) course.[3]

Parts of the Bellinger River are contained within the Bellinger River National Park and the New England National Park. Other land uses in the valley include livestock grazing and forestry.

Waterfall Way is located adjacent to the middle reaches of the Bellinger River; and towards its mouth, the river is transversed by the Pacific Highway, near Raleigh.

A rare Australian turtle, the Emydura macquarii (or the Bellinger River freshwater turtle), has a restricted distribution in the upper Bellinger River above Thora.[4]


Clement Hodgkinson was the first European to explore the area in March 1841.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bellinger River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Roy, P. S; Williams, R. J; Jones, A. R; Yassini, I; et al. (2001). "Structure and Function of South-east Australian Estuaries". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 53: 351–384. doi:10.1006/ecss.2001.0796. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Bellinger River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bellinger River Emydura (Emydura macquarii) Recovery Plan". NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. ISBN 0-731-36367-1. Retrieved 12 December 2008. 

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Coordinates: 30°30′S 153°02′E / 30.500°S 153.033°E / -30.500; 153.033