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Araluen Creek
Other name(s) The Deep Creek
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region South East Corner (IBRA), Southern Tablelands, South Coast
Local government area Palerang, Eurobodalla
Physical characteristics
Main source Great Dividing Range
east of Captains Flat
741 m (2,431 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Deua River
south of Monga National Park
104 m (341 ft)
Length 24 km (15 mi)
Basin features
River system Moruya River catchment
  • Left:
    Bells Creek (Blacktown, New South Wales), Big Oaky Creek
  • Right:
    Majors Creek
National park Monga NP

Araluen Creek, a partly perennial stream of the Moruya River catchment, is located in the Southern Tablelands and South Coast regions of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

Araluen Creek rises near Gillian Park, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the village of Majors Creek, on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The river flows generally south southeast, joined by three minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Deua River in remote country south of the Monga National Park. The river descends 637 metres (2,090 ft) over its 24 kilometres (15 mi) course.

The village of Araluen lies in the valley of Araluen Creek, that joins the Deua River at roughly the midpoint in its course. The name 'Araluen' means 'water lily' or 'place of the water lilies' in the local Aboriginal dialect. At the time of European settlement Araluen was described as a broad alluvial valley with many natural billabongs covered with water lilies. However, no such billabongs exist in the Araluen valley today. As with most river and creek valleys in south-eastern Australia, the natural landscape of Araluen Creek and its valley were completely destroyed by rampant and extremely destructive gold mining in the latter half of the 19th century. This has mobilised thousands of tons of coarse granitic sands and lead to serious sand-slugging or sand siltation of the lower half of the Deua River below the Araluen Creek confluence. Nevertheless, the Deua River supports valuable populations of the threatened Australian grayling and several other native freshwater fish species.

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