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Coolaburragundy River
Upper Coolaburragundy River valley and Pandora's Pass, near Coolah NSW, December 2009.jpg
Upper valley of Coolaburragundy River, near Coolah
Other name(s) Coolah Creek
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region IBRA: Brigalow Belt South
District Orana
Municipality Warrumbungle
Physical characteristics
Main source Liverpool Range and Great Dividing Range
Pandoras Pass, north-east of Coolah
656 m (2,152 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Talbragar River
near Leadville
286 m (938 ft)
Length 68.9 km (42.8 mi)
Basin features
River system Murray–Darling basin
Coolaburragundy River, at Lawson's Crossing near Leadville NSW, November 2009
Coolaburragundy River, near Leadville.

Coolaburragundy River, a perennial stream that is part of the Talbragar catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the Orana district of New South Wales, Australia.

The river rises on the south-western slopes of the Liverpool Range, at the junction of the Great Dividing Range, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-east of the town of Coolah at Pandoras Pass. Runoff from Coolah Tops National Park also flows into the river, as it flows generally south westerly and is joined by three minor tributaries, before reaching its mouth at the confluence with the Talbragar River near Leadville; dropping 265 metres (869 ft) over its course of 69 kilometres (43 mi).

There is sufficient water for limited irrigated cropping on the fertile alluvial soils along the valley. Although the river itself is usually dry, an aquifer lies below the Coolaburragundy valley between Coolah and Dunedoo.

The Craboon-Coolah branch off the Gwabegar railway line, closed in c. 1982, ran close to the Coolaburragundy River throughout its length.

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