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Lake eyre basin map.png
Map of the Lake Eyre basin
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region Channel Country, Western Qld
Physical characteristics
Main source Grey Range
Oonagie Sandhill
69 m (226 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Cooper Creek
Depot Camp (Camp 63)
27 m (89 ft)
Length 28 km (17 mi)
Basin features
River system Lake Eyre basin
  • Left:
    Tookabarnoo Creek, Nockanoora Creek
Waterhole Nockanoora

The Wilson River, part of the Lake Eyre Basin, is an ephemeral river located in the Channel Country in western Queensland, Australia.

The Wilson River rises on the slopes of the Grey Range and flows generally northwest through the Nockanoora (or Noccundra) waterhole and is joined by two minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Cooper Creek at what was known as Depot Camp (Camp 63). The river descends 8 metres (26 ft) over its 28-kilometre (17 mi) course.

It is believed that Burke and Wills first found water on the Macleay Plains and crossed Cooper Creek near its junction with the Wilson River, on 11 November 1860.

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