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Beardy Waters
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Beardy Waters at Stonehenge, NSW
Other name(s) Maybole Creek, The Beardy Water, Beardy River, The Beardy Waters
Country Australia
State New South Wales
IBRA New England Tablelands
District New England
Municipality Glen Innes Severn
Physical characteristics
Main source Waterloo Range, Great Dividing Range
near Glen Innes
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Severn River (NSW)
884 m (2,900 ft)
Length 76 km (47 mi)
Basin features
River system Macintyre River. Murray–Darling basin

Beardy Waters, a watercourse and part of the Macintyre catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia.


The name of the river derives from two bearded stockmen, William Chandler and John Duval, who were among the first European settlers of the district through which the river flows. The river was previously known as Maybole Creek, The Beardy Water, Beardy River and The Beardy Waters.


Beardy Waters rises below the Waterloo Range and Great Dividing Range, and flows generally north-east then north, before reaching its confluence with the Severn River, north of Glen Innes; descending 317 metres (1,040 ft) over its 76 kilometres (47 mi) course.

A weir construction across the Beardy Waters was commenced in October 1930 after a grant of GB£5,500 was made available for the work. This money was granted to pay men working on unemployment relief. Completed in July 1932 at a cost of GB£10,847 it has a capacity of 100 million imperial gallons (450,000 m3) with the flood gates closed.

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