Orara River

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Orara River
Wooworra River[1]
Perennial stream
Name origin: Aboriginal: derived from Urara meaning "where the perch live"[1]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
IBRA NSW North Coast
District Northern Rivers
local government area Clarence Valley
Part of Clarence River catchment
 - left Urumbilum River, Nana Creek, Tallawudjah Creek, Coldwater Creek (New South Wales), Kangaroo River, Chambigne Creek
Source Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range
 - location east of Dorrigo and west of Boambee
 - elevation 200 m (656 ft)
Mouth confluence with Clarence River
 - location southeast of Copmanhurst
 - elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Length 156 km (97 mi)
National park Dorrigo National Park

Orara River, a perennial stream of the Clarence River catchment, is located in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Orara River rises on the eastern slopes of the Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range, east of Dorrigo and west of Boambee, and flows in a meandering course generally north east north and north-west, joined by six tributaries including Urumbilum River and Kangaroo River, before reaching its confluence with the Clarence River, southeast of Copmanhurst. The river descends 195 metres (640 ft) over its 156 kilometres (97 mi) course;[2] and flows through the Dorrigo National Park in its upper reaches.

Major communities along the river include Coramba, Nana Glen, Glenreagh, Coutts Crossing, Ramornie, and Eatonville.[2]

In recent[when?] years, the river has suffered from overuse, particularly due to irrigation projects and the river's use as the major source of water for the city of Coffs Harbour. This has led to siltation in the river, and the virtual decimation of the river's freshwater fish stocks.[citation needed]

The name of the river is believed to be derived from Urara, an Aboriginal phrase meaning "where the perch live".[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Orara River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Map of Orara River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 29°37′S 152°50′E / 29.617°S 152.833°E / -29.617; 152.833