Nerang River

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Nerang River
Narang River in Surfers Paradise.jpg
View south at Surfers Paradise, 2007
Origin McPherson Range
Mouth Gold Coast Broadwater
Basin countries Australia
Length 250 km
Basin area 490 km²[1]

The Nerang River is a river that begins in the McPherson Range in the Gold Coast hinterland and runs through Gold Coast City in South East Queensland, Australia. It starts in the Numinbah Valley on the New South Wales border and heads north, then east where it flows through Nerang and onto the Gold Coast Broadwater at Southport on the Gold Coast.

The Nerang River catchment covers an area of 490 km².[1] It has a length of 250 kilometres (160 mi).[citation needed]


Canal at Bundall
Gold coast skyline view from Nerang river, Chevron island.

The river was initially named the River Barrow by government surveyor Robert Dixon when he charted the Gold Coast in 1840, after Sir John Barrow, Secretary of the Admiralty.[2] The surveyor general Thomas Mitchell later changed many places to Aboriginal names, and this included giving the Nerang River its present name. Neerang is a Yugambeh word meaning "little shark" or "shovel-nosed shark". But the local aboriginal people in fact called the river Mogumbin or Been-goor-abee. And the peoples of the Tweed called it Talgai.


The twin Sundale Bridge over the Nerang River, connecting Southport to Surfers Paradise, and forming part of the Gold Coast Highway, Queensland, 2015

Crossings of the Nerang River include


On the Nerang river is the Hinze Dam, creating Advancetown Lake, the Gold Coast's main water supply. Hinze Dam has had a significant flood mitigation effect.[4] An older dam, higher up in the catchment and now called the Little Nerang Dam was an earlier water supply for the Gold Coast. The dams are managed by Gold Coast Water

Surfers Riverwalk[edit]

The Nerang River (right of image) and canals
Part of the lower Nerang River

The Gold Coast City Council is considering investing into the quality and capacity of the Surfers Riverwalk. The route would connect the Gold Coast Highway Bridge crossing of the Nerang River at Main Beach to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach. The route includes


Nerang River Boatramps open to the public are located at Waterways Drive at Main Beach, Budds Beach, Evandale, on the Isle of Capri, TE Peters Drive at Broadbeach Waters (Convention Centre), Carrara Road, Carrara,and at the Nerang River Parklands.

Nerang Riverkeepers Group[edit]

Established in 2000, under the Beaches to Bushland Volunteer restoration program, the group works to restore local endemic species along the Nerang river.[6] A major ongoing project is control of the invasive cats claw creeper, registered as a Weed of National Significance.[7] Cat’s claw creeper was introduced to Australia. It is native to Central and South America and the West Indies. It was first reported as naturalised in the 1950s. The seeds spread by wind or water. A woody vine, it invades warm native forests killing native trees and undergrowth. If cut down it can regrow from persistent underground tubers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nerang River Catchment". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Place Names of South-East Queensland by Piula Publications
  3. ^ "Piling and Bridges: Fact Sheet June 2013" (PDF). GoldLinq. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Flood Warning System For The Nerang River". Bureau of Meteorology (Australia). Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  5. ^ Surfers Central Riverwalk
  6. ^ "Nerang Riverkeepers Group". Gold Coast Parks. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Weed Management Guide, Cat’s claw creeper (Dolichandra unguis-cati)". Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 28°01′S 153°25′E / 28.017°S 153.417°E / -28.017; 153.417