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Towns
Country Australia
Territory Northern Territory
Physical characteristics
Main source Arnhem Land, Australia
29 m (95 ft)
River mouth Limmen Bight, Australia
0 m (0 ft)
Length 84 km (52 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    15.8 m3/s (560 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 5,432 km2 (2,097 sq mi)

The Towns River is a river in the Northern Territory, Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise in Arnhem Land and flow in an easterly direction and eventually discharges into the Limmen Bight within the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The estuary formed at the river mouth is tidal in nature and in near pristine condition. The estuary at the river mouth occupies an area of 54.8 hectares (135 acres) of open water. It is river dominated in nature with a tide dominated delta having single channel and is surrounded by an area of 109.4 hectares (270 acres) covered with mangroves.

The catchment occupies an area of 5,432 square kilometres (2,097 sq mi) and is situated between the Roper River catchment to the north and west and the Limmen Bight River catchment to the south. The river has a mean annual outflow of 500 gigalitres (654,000,000 cu yd),

Ten species of fish are found in the river including; glassfish, Barred Grunter, Fly-specked Hardyhead, Salmon Catfish, Mouth Almighty, Barramundi, Rainbowfish and Bony Bream.

Believed to have been named by the explorer Francis Cadell during his expedition of 1868, he named it for Robert Towns, the person that the city of Townsville is also named after. The name also appears on Goyder's pastoral compilation of 1888.

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