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Murrumbidgee River - Cities, Towns and Localities
The Murrumbidgee River starts on the edge of the Great Dividing Range in the Kosciusko National Park and flows through a diverse landscape for a total of 1,600 km, until its confluence with the Murray River.

The river systems drains 84,000 square km and together with the Murrumbidgee catchment includes 14 major dams and 8 large weirs. It is a major tributary of the Murray-Darling River system. The Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme assists with regulating the water flow and supplying the 10,000 km of irrigation channels.

The Murrumbidgee catchment is a major sub-catchment of the Murray Darling Basin, covering an area of about 73,400 km2. The catchment is surrounded by the Great Dividing Range on the east, and lies between the Lachlan Catchment to the north and the Murray Catchment to the south. Extending from the alpine areas and Southern Tablelands in the east to the Southwest Slopes and onto the Riverine Plains in the west, the catchment area covers a diverse landscape and region.

The Burrinjuck Reservoir divides the Murrumbidgee River into the upper and lower catchments, where the river flows through a narrow gorge. From there the valley begins to widen near Gundagai into alluvial plains and then westward to its junction with the Murray and Lachlan Rivers.

The word 'Murrumbidgee' come from the local Aboriginal language to mean 'big river'.

Source: from a variety of sources listed in the links below.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Hay Visitor Information Centre

Snowy Region Visitors Centre

Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre

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Murrumbidgee River Attractions

Carrathool Bridge over Murrumbidgee River
• Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW (RTA)
• A historic NSW Allan Truss Bridge located in Carrathool and completed in 1922. The timber truss road bridge has a rare Bascule type lift span to allow river craft to pass. The RTA site has information and images of the timber truss road bridge.
Euroley Bridge over Murrumbidgee River
• Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW (RTA)
• A historic NSW Dare Truss Bridge located in Yanco (Leeton) and completed in 1929. The RTA site has information and images of the timber truss road bridge.
Murray Crayfish (Euastacus armatus)
• This crayfish once had the largest range of any of Australia's spiny crayfish. Once common it extended from the mountain streams to the lower reaches of the Murray-Darling River System. Declared vulnerable in the ACT and threatened in other areas due to over fishing, the Murray crays are slow growing and live for up to 50 years.

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Murrumbidgee River Events

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Murrumbidgee Farm Fair
• Usually held on the second Friday/Saturday in May, except for 2004 and 2010 when it will be held on the first (check website to confirm details)
• PO Box 493, GRIFFITH NSW 2680 • Ph: 02 6962 0950 • Fax: 02 6962 0979 • Email
 At the Yanco Agricultural Institute, is this popular fair with a huge number of exhibitors.

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