North Para River

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North Para River
North Para River, Rowland Flat.JPG
North Para River near Rowland Flat
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source near Eden Valley
540 m (1,770 ft)
River mouth confluence with the South Para River at Gawler
River system Gawler River
Basin size 710 km2 (270 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 70-75km

The North Para River originates in the Barossa Ranges near Eden Valley and follows a meandering path through the Barossa Valley, firstly north to the east of Angaston, then arcs around to the southwest to pass through the towns of Nuriootpa and Tanunda, before merging with the South Para River in Gawler forming the Gawler River.

The North Para River catchment is one of the key watersheds in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges. It plays a very important role in the economy of South Australia, providing much of the water used by viticulture in the Barossa Valley. Its waters are also used for livestock production, cereal cropping and recreation.


Coordinates: 34°36′S 138°45′E / 34.600°S 138.750°E / -34.600; 138.750