Broken River (Victoria)
|Name origin: In dry conditions, "broken" into waterholes|
|Regions||Alpine and Riverine bioregions (IBRA), Victorian Alps, Northern Country/North Central|
|Local government areas||Mansfield, Benalla, Greater Shepparton|
|Part of||Goulburn Broken catchment,
|Towns and cities||Benalla, Shepparton–Mooroopna|
|Source||Victorian Alps, Great Dividing Range|
|- location||near Bald Hill|
|- elevation||1,190 m (3,904 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Goulburn River|
|- location||near Shepparton|
|- elevation||115 m (377 ft)|
|Length||225 km (140 mi)|
|- average||9 m3/s (318 cu ft/s)|
|Reservoirs||Lake Nillahcootie, Lake Benalla|
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The Broken River, a minor inland perennial river of the Goulburn Broken catchment, part of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the alpine and Northern Country/North Central regions of the Australian state of Victoria. The headwaters of the Broken River rise in the western slopes of the Victorian Alps, near Bald Hill and descend to flow into the Goulburn River near Shepparton. The river is impounded by the Nillahcootie Dam to create Lake Nillahcootie and Benalla Dam to create Lake Benalla.
Location and features
The river rises below Bald Hill on the western slopes of the Victorian Alps, within the Mount Buffalo National Park in the Shire of Mansfield. The river flow generally west, then north, then west passing through or adjacent to the regional cities of Benalla and Shepparton–Mooroopna, joined by ten minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Goulburn River within Shepparton. The river descends 1,070 metres (3,510 ft) over its 225-kilometre (140 mi) course.
When at maximum capacity, the Broken River is the fastest flowing river in Australia.
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