Turon River

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Turon River
Perennial stream
Turon river nsw 1.jpg
The Turon River from near Sofala during a very dry season.
Name origin: Aboriginal: Kamilaroi or Wiradjuri words choorun or yooran, the meaning of which is unknown[1]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions South Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Central West
Municipalities Lithgow, Mid-Western, Bathurst
Part of Macquarie River,
Murray–Darling basin
 - right Crudine River
Source Capertee Valley
 - location near Ben Bullen
 - elevation 778 m (2,552 ft)
 - coordinates 33°13′55″S 149°58′23″E / 33.23194°S 149.97306°E / -33.23194; 149.97306
Mouth confluence with the Macquarie River
 - location near Hill End
 - elevation 406 m (1,332 ft)
 - coordinates 33°5′10″S 149°23′25″E / 33.08611°S 149.39028°E / -33.08611; 149.39028Coordinates: 33°5′10″S 149°23′25″E / 33.08611°S 149.39028°E / -33.08611; 149.39028
Length 117 km (73 mi)
Turon River is located in New South Wales
Turon River
Location of the Turon River mouth in New South Wales

Turon River, a perennial stream[1] that is part of the Macquarie catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the central western district of New South Wales, Australia. Partly situated in the Turon National Park,[3] the river is host to numerous recreational and tourist activities such as horse riding, gold panning, canoeing, camping, and seasonal fishing.


The Turon River rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in the Capertee Valley, west of Ben Bullen, and flows generally to the north west and then west, joined by the Crudine River, and then forms its confluence with the Macquarie River south west of Hill End; dropping 372 metres (1,220 ft) over the course of its 117 kilometres (73 mi) length.

The upper reaches of the Turon River are partly bound by Turon National Park, established in 2002, while the lower reaches open onto private grazing property.

Gold rush[edit]

The Turon River is well renowned because it was the site of one of Australia's first alluvial gold rushes.[4] During the gold rush Chinese migrant workers built a water race to bring water to mining operations along sections of the Turon River. Many parts of the race can still be seen today, such as at Turon Gates.[5] The Turon River[where?] was the site of violence between miners and licensing authorities during the gold rush.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Turon River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Map of Turon River". Bonzle.com. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Turon National Park". nationalparks.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mining Heritage - Profile 3 - Alluvial Gold". Australian Heritage Council. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Turon Gates Country Retreat". Turon Gates. 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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