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Gara River
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Blue Hole in the Gara River, near Armidale
Other name(s) Gyra River, Ryanda Creek, Falconer Creek, Malpas Creek
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region New England Tablelands (IBRA), Northern Tablelands
Local government areas Guyra, Armidale Dumaresq
Physical characteristics
Main source Ben Lomond Range,
Great Dividing Range
near Llangothlin
1,280 m (4,200 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Macleay River
Salisbury Waters within Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale
388 m (1,273 ft)
Length 91 km (57 mi)
Basin features
River system Macleay River
  • Left:
    Cooney Creek
  • Right:
    Ryanda Creek, Commissioners Waters, Powers Creek
National park Oxley Wild Rivers NP

Gara River, a perennial river that is a tributary of the Macleay River, is located in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

The river rises at the junction of the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and the Ben Lomond Range, near Llangothlin, and flows generally south and southeast, joined by four minor tributaries, until the river reaches a junction with Salisbury Waters within Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and descends to its confluence with the Macleay River, below Blue Nobby Mountain, south east of Armidale. The river descends 892 metres (2,927 ft) over its 91 kilometres (57 mi) course and is impounded by Guyra Dam and Malpas Reservoir.

In its lower reaches, the Gara River is transversed by the Waterfall Way.

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