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Nambucca River
Nambucca River - North Coast Railway Bridge.JPG
North Coast Railway Bridge at Macksville
Other name(s) North Creek, Bowra River
Country Australia
State New South Wales
IBRA NSW North Coast
District Mid North Coast
local government area Nambucca
Physical characteristics
Main source Killiekrankie Mountain, Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range
594 m (1,949 ft)
River mouth Tasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
Nambucca Heads
0 m (0 ft)
Length 87 km (54 mi)
Basin features
Basin size 1,299 km2 (502 sq mi)
  • Left:
    Missabotti Creek, Newee Creek (New South Wales)
  • Right:
    South Creek (Nambucca), Taylors Arm

Nambucca River, an open and trained mature wave dominated barrier estuary, is located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

Nambucca River rises below Killiekrankie Mountain on the Dorrigo Plateau, part of the Great Dividing Range, and flows generally east southeast, joined by four tributaries including Taylors Arm, before reaching its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, at Nambucca Heads. The river descends 594 metres (1,949 ft) over its 87 kilometres (54 mi) course; adjacent to the towns of Bowraville, Macksville and Nambucca Heads.

The Nambucca River area has a fine subtropical climate, high rainfall and fertile volcanic soils. It was originally covered by rainforest, much of which has been cleared, although some rainforests remain in several national parks and reserves. The lowlands along the river are used for farming.

Nambucca River is transversed by the Pacific Highway and the North Coast railway line, near Macksville.

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