Merriwa River

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Merriwa River
Smiths Rivulet, Merriwa Creek, Middle Creek, Harrys Creek[1]
Perennial river
Name origin: Aboriginal: "grass seeds"[2]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions NSW North Coast (IBRA), Upper Hunter
Local government area Upper Hunter
Part of Hunter River catchment
 - left Coulsons Creek, Butchers Swamp Creek, Vallances Creek, Horse Creek (New South Wales), Kittens Creek
 - right Gummum Creek, Farm Springs Creek, Scrubby Creek
Town Merriwa
Source Great Dividing Range
 - location Oxleys Peak
 - elevation 475 m (1,558 ft)
Mouth confluence with the Goulburn River
 - location below Mount Kerrabee
 - elevation 158 m (518 ft)
Length 78 km (48 mi)
National park Goulburn River NP

Merriwa River, a perennial river of the Hunter River catchment, is located in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Merriwa River rises on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, below Oxleys Peak, north of Merriwa and flows generally south, joined by eight minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Goulburn River below Mount Kerrabee. The river descends 317 metres (1,040 ft) over its 78 kilometres (48 mi) course.[3]

At the town of Merriwa, the Golden Highway crosses the Merriwa River.[3]

Merriwa is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "grass seeds."[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Merriwa River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Travel: Merriwa". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Map of Merriwa River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°06′S 150°22′E / 32.100°S 150.367°E / -32.100; 150.367