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Todd River - A Rare Occurrence

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

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The origins of the Todd River begin in the MacDonnell Ranges, where it flows past the Telegraph Station, almost through the centre of Alice Springs, through Heavitree Gap and continuing on for some distance  before it becomes a tributary of the Hale River, that eventually flows into Lake Eyre in South Australia.1

The Todd catchment is a dryland river system, containing sparse vegetation. During significant rain, much of the sediment is carried downstream, being mainly clays and silts, the sediment is suspended in the river flow, causing the water to appear brown.

Much of the time, the river appears dry, except for the occasional water hole along it's length. It is the River Red Gum seen growing along the river course, that is the indicator of water not far below the river bed surface.
 
On the rare occasion there is any significant rainfall in the region, visitors and locals alike can bear witness to the Todd River in flow.

Following are some images of the Todd River in flow:

Todd River Images

2006 Todd River
Follow Me on PinterestTodd River - 24 December 2006
Todd River looking north towards the Alice Springs Main Cause (24 December, 2006).
Dec 2006
River Red Gums are significant along the Todd River.
Dec 2006
 
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2007 Todd River
Todd River - 8 January 2007
Todd River looking towards the MacDonnell Ranges, south of Tuncks Rd  (8 January, 2007).
8 Jan 2007
Todd River looking north, south of Tuncks Rd (8 January, 2007).
8 Jan 2007
Todd River spilling across Tuncks Road, causing it's temporary closure.
8 Jan 2007
Todd River - January 2007

19 Jan 2007
Todd River north of Heavitree Gap.
19 Jan 2007
Todd River spilling across Tuncks Road, causing it's temporary closure again.
19 Jan 2007
Todd River cascading across the Wills Terrace causeway, causing it's temporary closure.
19 Jan 2007
Todd River flowing through the culverts under the Wills Terrace  and Undoolya Road causeway.
19 Jan 2007
 
Todd River - 18 March 2007
Todd River spilling across Tuncks Road, causing it's temporary closure again for 2007.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River spilling across Tuncks Road, Alice Springs.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River spilling across Tuncks Road, Alice Springs.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River spilling across Tuncks Road, Alice Springs.
18 Mar 2007
View down Todd River towards the MacDonnell Ranges.
18 Mar 2007
View down Todd River towards the MacDonnell Ranges.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River from Stott Terrace Bridge and roadway.
18 Mar 2007
View up Todd River from Stott Terrace Bridge and roadway.
18 Mar 2007
View from Stott Terrace Bridge and roadway across the Todd River, Meyer’s Hill on the left.
18 Mar 2007
Road closure at the Wills Terrace and Undoolya Road Main Causeway.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River cascading across the Wills Terrace causeway.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River cascading across the Wills Terrace causeway.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River flowing beneath the pedestrian walkway and across the Wills Terrace causeway.
18 Mar 2007
Todd River spilling across the Main Causeway at the northern end of Alice Springs.
18 Mar 2007

18 Mar 2007
Some locals enjoying the river (Eric and sons).
18 Mar 2007
Enjoying the cascading water of the Todd River.
18 Mar 2007
 
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Source:
1 Australian Bureau of Meterology - Todd River and Alice Springs Region Rainfall and River Height Info
2 Sunday Territorian (NT News) - Todd Floods for Christmas (Paul Jackson)
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