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Not to be confused with Cataract River (Wollondilly).
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Cataract River
Other name(s) Swamp Oak Creek
Country Australia
State New South Wales
IBRA New England Tablelands
District Northern Tablelands
Local government area Tenterfield
Physical characteristics
Main source Black Mountain, Great Dividing Range
near Red Hill, southeast of Tenterfield
987 m (3,238 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Clarence River
Paddys Flat
177 m (581 ft)
Length 85 km (53 mi)
Basin features
River system Clarence River catchment
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Boorook Creek, Morgans Creek, Wheatley Creek
  • Right:
    Spring Creek (New South Wales), Clear (Colongon) Creek, Crooked Creek (New South Wales)
National parks Basket Swamp NP, Boonoo Boonoo NP

Cataract River, a mostly perennial stream of the Clarence River catchment, is located in the Northern Tablelands district of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

Cataract River rises on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, near Red Hill, southeast of Tenterfield and flows generally north northeast, north, and northeast, joined by six minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Clarence River, near Paddys Flat. The river descends 810 metres (2,660 ft) over its 85 kilometres (53 mi) course; and flows through the Basket Swamp National Park and the Boonoo Boonoo National Park.

Between Timbara Road and Sandy Hill, the course of the Cataract River is generally adjacent to the Bruxner Highway.

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