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Merriwa River
Other name(s) Smiths Rivulet, Merriwa Creek, Middle Creek, Harrys Creek
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region NSW North Coast (IBRA), Upper Hunter
Local government area Upper Hunter
Town Merriwa
Physical characteristics
Main source Great Dividing Range
Oxleys Peak
475 m (1,558 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Goulburn River
below Mount Kerrabee
158 m (518 ft)
Length 78 km (48 mi)
Basin features
River system Hunter River catchment
  • Left:
    Coulsons Creek, Butchers Swamp Creek, Vallances Creek, Horse Creek (New South Wales), Kittens Creek
  • Right:
    Gummum Creek, Farm Springs Creek, Scrubby Creek
National park Goulburn River NP

Merriwa River, a perennial river of the Hunter River catchment, is located in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

Merriwa River rises on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, below Oxleys Peak, north of Merriwa and flows generally south, joined by eight minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Goulburn River below Mount Kerrabee. The river descends 317 metres (1,040 ft) over its 78 kilometres (48 mi) course.

At the town of Merriwa, the Golden Highway crosses the Merriwa River.

Merriwa is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "grass seeds."

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