Myall River

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Myall River
Upper Myall River[1]
An open semi-mature brackish freshwater barrier estuary[2]
Singing Bridge.JPG
Singing Bridge across the Myall River at Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest.
Name origin: Aboriginal: myall, a small silver-grey wattle tree[3]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions NSW North Coast (IBRA), Mid North Coast, Hunter
Local government area Mid-Coast Council
Part of Mid-Coast Council[4]
 - left Kyle Creek, Pipers Creek (Great Lakes, New South Wales)
 - right Crawford River, Little Myall River, Monkey Jacket Creek
Town Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest
Source Kyle Range, Great Dividing Range
 - location north northeast of Stroud
 - elevation 352 m (1,155 ft)
Mouth Port Stephens
 - location at Hawks Nest
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Length 92 km (57 mi)
Depth 4 m (13 ft)
Volume 448,258 m3 (15,830,082 cu ft)
Basin 819 km2 (316 sq mi)
Area 115 km2 (44 sq mi)
National park Myall Lakes NP
Lakes Myall Lakes: Little Brasswater, Brasswater, Bombah Broadwater
Website: NSW Environment & Heritage website

Myall River, an open semi-mature brackish freshwater barrier estuary[2] of the Mid-Coast Council[4] system, is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Myall River rises of the southern slopes of Kyle Range within the Great Dividing Range, north northeast of Stroud, and flows generally south southeast then southwest, joined by tributaries including, before reaching its mouth within Port Stephens at Hawks Nest. Port Stephens then empties into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The river descends 355 metres (1,165 ft) over its 92 kilometres (57 mi) course.[5]

After flowing past the town of Bulahdelah, east of the small settlement of Nerong, the Myall River enters the most southern of the three Ramsar-protected Myall Lakes, Bombah Broadwater, within the Myall Lakes National Park. The flow of the river runs adjacent to the coastline and through both the Little Brasswater and the Brasswater near the towns of Tea Gardens, and Hawks Nest.[5]

Two notable bridges cross the Myall River. The Bulahdelah Bridge, carries the Pacific Highway, across the river north of Bulahdelah and the Singing Bridge crosses the river between Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest..


The word myall is an Australian Aboriginal term for a small silver-grey wattle tree.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Myall River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 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 Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (1984 reprint ed.). Reed Books. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-589-07115-8. 
  4. ^ a b "Lakes". Great Lakes Tourism. Mid-Coast Council. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Map of Myall River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°14′S 152°10′E / 32.233°S 152.167°E / -32.233; 152.167