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Buckingham
Country Australia
Territory Northern Territory
Physical characteristics
Main source Mitchell Ranges
Arnhem Land, Australia
75 m (246 ft)
River mouth Buckingham Bay
Australia
0 m (0 ft)
Length 59 km (37 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    73.8 m3/s (2,610 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 7,510 km2 (2,900 sq mi)

Buckingham River is a river in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The headwaters of the river are on the northern edge on the eastern side of the Mitchell Ranges near where the Central Arnhem Road crosses the Range. The river flows in a northerly direction though uninhabited country until it discharges into Buckingham Bay and the Arafura Sea.

The estuary formed at the river mouth is tidal in nature and in near pristine condition.

The catchment area of the river is 7,510 square kilometres (2,900 sq mi) and has an annual average discharge of 2,330 gigalitres (3.047524943×109 cu yd).

The traditional owners of the area are the Murngin also known as the Yolngu peoples. The Aboriginal community of Gapuwiyak still has supplies taken by barge up the river to be delivered. The community is 20 kilometres (12 mi) by road from the landing.

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