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Esk River
Esk River paddle route, Bundjalung National Park
Other name(s) Fresh Water River
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region NSW North Coast (IBRA), Northern Rivers
District Richmond Valley
Town Iluka
Physical characteristics
Main source Richmond Range
southeast of Tabbimoble
23.5 m (77 ft)
River mouth confluence with the northern arm of the Clarence River
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Length 25.2 km (15.7 mi)
Basin features
River system Clarence River catchment
National park Bundjalung National Park

Esk River, a perennial stream that is part of the Clarence River catchment, is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

Esk River rises below Richmond Range, southeast of Tabbimoble, and flows generally to south through Bundjalung National Park towards its confluence with the northern arm of the Clarence River, northwest of the coastal fishing village of Iluka. The river descends 28 metres (92 ft) over its 25 kilometres (16 mi) course.

The river is an increasingly popular kayak fishing location that is home to a variety of fish species such as yellowfin bream, dusky flathead and sand whiting in its lower brackish areas and has a good population of Australian bass in its freshwater reaches. The Esk River is considered the largest untouched coastal river system on the New South Wales North Coast.

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