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Carron River (Queensland)
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region Far North Queensland
Physical characteristics
Main source Gregory Range
northeast of Croydon
134 m (440 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Norman River
Normanton
2 m (6 ft 7 in)
Length 255 km (158 mi)
Basin features
River system Norman River catchment
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Tabletop Creek
  • Right:
    Telephone Creek

The Carron River is a river located in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Course and features

The river rises at the northern end of the Gregory Range and flows west to the north but roughly parallel with the Gulf Developmental Road until discharging into the Norman River of which it is a tributary near the town of Normanton. It flows thorough many temporary and permanent waterholes through the journey including Rope Hole.

The Carron has five tributaries including Rocky Creek, Foote Creek, Tabletop Creek, Ten Mile Creek and Telephone Creek.

The traditional owners of the area to the north of the Carron are the Walangama peoples and to the south are the Kurtjar peoples. The river is named after William Carron who was second in command of the Edmund Kennedy expedition in 1848. Carron was the expedition botanist and one of the three survivors of the venture.

In 1872 the Carron and Norman Rivers were all in full flood with 14.5 inches (368 mm) of rain falling over the course of two days. Severe flooding was also experienced in 2011.

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