Billabong Creek

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Billabong Creek at Moulamein.
Name origin: Aboriginal: an effluent from a river, sometimes separated from it, sometimes being joined again at time of flood.[1][2]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region Riverina (IBRA)
LGA Federation Council
Part of Murray catchment,
Murray-Darling basin
Towns Morven, Culcairn, Walbundrie, Rand, Jerilderie, Conargo, Wanganella, Moulamein
Source confluence Yarra Yarra Creek and
Little Billabong Creek
 - location near Holbrook
 - elevation 322 m (1,056 ft)
Mouth confluence with the Edward River
 - location Moulamein
 - elevation 70 m (230 ft)
 - coordinates 35°5′32″S 144°2′0″E / 35.09222°S 144.03333°E / -35.09222; 144.03333Coordinates: 35°5′32″S 144°2′0″E / 35.09222°S 144.03333°E / -35.09222; 144.03333
Length 320 km (199 mi)
Basin 791 km2 (305 sq mi)
Billabong Creek is located in New South Wales
Billabong Creek
Location of the Billabong Creek mouth in New South Wales
Wikimedia Commons: Billabong Creek

The Billabong Creek, a party perennial stream[1] of the Murray River catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia.

At 320 kilometres (200 mi) (with some estimates ranging up to 596 kilometres (370 mi)[4]), Billabong Creek is believed to be the longest creek in the world.[3]

Course and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the Yarra Yarra Creek and Little Billabong Creek, Billabong Creek rises on the Great Dividing Range, north of Holbrook, and flows generally west, northwest, and west, joined by sixteen minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Edward River, at Moulamein. The creek descends 252 metres (827 ft)[4] over its 320 kilometres (200 mi) course.

From source to mouth, the creek passes through the towns of Morven, Culcairn, Walbundrie, Rand, Jerilderie, Conargo, Wanganella, and Moulamein.

The creek has a catchment area of 791 square kilometres (305 sq mi) and is the main present drainange line between the Murray and the Murrumbidgee rivers.[5] Alluvial deposits from the system fill a long narrow paleovalley that extends for about 150 kilometres (93 mi) between Garryowen to Walla Walla.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Billabong Creek". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia. Frenchs Forest, New South Wales: Reed Books. p. 31. ISBN 0-589-50128-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Billabong Creek Salt Interception Scheme". NSW Department of Primary Industries: Office of Water. 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Map of Billabong Creek, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Water Resources Overview - New South Wales". ANRA. Government of Australia. 2009. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 

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