Rivers of Queensland

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This page discusses the rivers and hydrography of the state of Queensland, Australia.

The principal topographic feature of Queensland is the series of low highlands and plateaus called the Great Dividing Range, which extend from north to south roughly parallel to the coast of the Coral Sea of the South Pacific Ocean.

The four main categories of rivers in Queensland, are those that rise on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and flow eastwards to the sea, the Coastal rivers; those that rise on the other side of the crest of the range and flow north-westward, towards the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Gulf rivers; those that also rise on the other side of the crest of the range and flow south-westward, forming part of the Murray–Darling basin, the Murray–Darling rivers; and those that generally rise in the west of the state and flow south-westward, towards the Lake Eyre basin, the Lake Eyre rivers. One river is isolated and does not flow towards any other basin or sea.

Major rivers[edit]

The following rivers are the longest river systems, by length.[1]

Longest rivers in Queensland by length
(September 2008)
Order River name Length Region(s) Notes
km mi
1 Cooper Creek 1,113 692 Lake Eyre Basin River course is located in Queensland and South Australia
2 Warrego 1,380 857
3 Paroo 1,210 752
4 Flinders 1,004 624 Entire course of the river is located in Queensland.
5 Diamantina 941 585

Coastal rivers[edit]

Coastal rivers in Queensland
River name Length
km miles

Gulf rivers[edit]

Gulf rivers in Queensland
River name Length
km miles

Murray–Darling rivers[edit]

Murray–Darling rivers in Queensland
River name Length
km miles
Balonne 479 298
Bokhara 347 216
Boomi 231 144
Condamine 657 408
Culgoa 489 304
Langlo 440 273
Little Weir 78 48
Macintyre 319 198
Maranoa 519 322
Merivale 250 155
Moonie 542 337
Narran 299 186
Nive (Qld) 263 163
Nivelle 19 12
Paroo 1,210 752
Pike Creek (Qld) 117 73
Severn (Qld) 90 56
Ward (Central West Qld) 455 283
Warrego 1,380 857
Weir (Qld) 470 292

Lake Eyre rivers[edit]

Lake Eyre rivers in Queensland
River name Length
km miles
Barcoo
Burke
Cooper Creek 1,113 692
Flinders 1,004 624
Georgina 1,130 702
Hamilton
Ranken
Thomson
Torrens

Isolated river[edit]

Isolated river in Queensland
River name Length
km miles
Bulloo 600 373

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Longest Rivers". Geoscience Australia. Australian Government. September 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2017.