Esk River (New South Wales)

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Esk River
Fresh Water River[1]
Perennial stream
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions NSW North Coast (IBRA), Northern Rivers
Municipality Richmond Valley
Part of Clarence River catchment
Town Iluka
Source Richmond Range
 - location southeast of Tabbimoble
 - elevation 23.5 m (77 ft)
Mouth confluence with the northern arm of the Clarence River
 - location Iluka
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Length 25.2 km (16 mi)
National park Bundjalung National Park

Esk River, a perennial stream[1] that is part of the Clarence River catchment, is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Esk River rises below Richmond Range, southeast of Tabbimoble, and flows generally to south through Bundjalung National Park towards its confluence with the northern arm of the Clarence River, northwest of the coastal fishing village of Iluka.[3] The river descends 28 metres (92 ft) over its 25 kilometres (16 mi) course.[2]

The river is an increasingly popular kayak fishing location that is home to a variety of fish species such as yellowfin bream, dusky flathead and sand whiting in its lower brackish areas and has a good population of Australian bass[4] in its freshwater reaches. The Esk River is considered the largest untouched coastal river system on the New South Wales North Coast.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Esk River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Esk River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Esk River, Iluka NSW". Australian Canoeing. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Ives, Bob. "Bass fishing hot spots in NSW". Australian Bass Fishing. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bundjalung National Park". NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 

Coordinates: 30°19′S 152°44′E / 30.317°S 152.733°E / -30.317; 152.733