Russell River (Queensland) facts for kids
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Russell River, between Woopen Creek (foreground) and Bartle Frere (background), 2018
|Region||Far North Queensland|
|Main source||Bellenden Ker Range
east of Topaz
206 m (676 ft)
|River mouth||confluence with the Mulgrave River
west of Russell Heads
0 m (0 ft)
|Length||59 km (37 mi)|
|River system||Mulgrave River catchment|
|Basin size||669 km2 (258 sq mi)|
|National parks||Wooroonooran National Park; Russell River National Park|
Location and features
The Russell River rises in the Wooroonooran National Park sourced from drainage of the Bellenden Ker Range, below Mount Bartle Frere and Mount Bellenden Ker. In its upper reaches, the course of the river meanders highly as it flows south by east and exits the Wooroonooran National Park. The river flows north by east, joined by the Josephine Creek and it has descended over the Josephine Falls. The river flows east of Babinda and then due north, bounded on both its east and western flanks by the Russell River National Park. The river reaches its confluence with the Mulgrave River in an estuarine state, with the Mulgrave flowing east for a short distance to empty into Coral Sea via the Mutchero Inlet. Water from the river is used to grow sugar cane on the coastal plains surrounding the Russell River's lower reaches.
The Russell River catchment area is estimated to be 669 square kilometres (258 sq mi) of which 68.8 square kilometres (26.6 sq mi) is wetlands. The river descends 206 metres (676 ft) over its 59-kilometre (37 mi) course.
The river is a popular location for whitewater rafting.
With the Mulgrave River, the Russell River has a well recorded flood history with documented evidence of flooding beginning in the late 1930s.
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