Warburton River

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Warburton Creek
Country Australia
State South Australia
Part of Lake Eyre Basin
 - right Macumba River
Source Goyder Lagoon
 - elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Mouth Lake Eyre
 - elevation −15 m (−49 ft)
 - coordinates 27°54′36″S 137°10′58″E / 27.91000°S 137.18278°E / -27.91000; 137.18278Coordinates: 27°54′36″S 137°10′58″E / 27.91000°S 137.18278°E / -27.91000; 137.18278
Length 412 km (256 mi)
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Map of the Lake Eyre Basin showing Warburton River

The Warburton River (or Warburton Creek) is a freshwater stream in the far north of South Australia that flows in a south westerly direction and discharges into the eastern side of Lake Eyre. It is one of the state's largest rivers, and is part of the Lake Eyre Basin. It runs along the eastern side of the Simpson Desert, and drains water from Eyre Creek, the Diamantina and Georgina rivers from Goyder Lagoon, carrying it into Lake Eyre during its infrequent floods.

The river passes through a number of permanent and semi-permanent waterholes including Poothapootha waterhole, Emu Bone waterhole, Wurdoopoothanie waterhole and Kalawarranna soakage.

There are seven tributaries of the river; Warburton Creek, Macumba River, Officer Creek, Kallakoopah Creek, Yelpawaralinna Creek and Derwent Creek.

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  1. ^ "Map of Warburton River, SA". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 23 March 2017.